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Let's talk about styptic

The alternative to styptic is a good technique. Once you learn how to shave, styptic becomes obsolete.
Well maybe for you. Sometimes even with perfect technique I still get nicks. Doesn't matter if I am using a straight, a DE, or a shavette.
 
I’m no expert but I think aluminum sulfate is a totally different thing than potassium alum. It stops bleeding much faster and feels different ( although I use it maybe once a year and gave up the alum block completely). I would never run the styptic all over my face.
Indeed that is what I have found - that alum and styptic feel different. Styptic seals faster too.
 
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