Thankfully there is lots you can do to ease the discomfort and prevent irritation in our post care instructions. If you break out or have a rash after waxing, here are some reasons why.
Waxing opens your pores.
Hair removal temporarily opens your pores and makes them vulnerable to dirt and bacteria, which can then cause breakouts and bumps.
You might have sensitive skin.
Everyone’s skin has a different level of sensitivity. If you have sensitive skin, you might want to avoid waxing more delicate areas like your face and chest, where breakouts are more common.
You’re not exfoliating between waxes.
Gentle exfoliation helps prevent ingrowns by stopping dead skin cells from covering open hair follicles. We recommend exfoliating with a gentle scrub (or even just a washcloth) between waxes to help prevent ingrowns from forming. Just wait 24 hours after exfoliating to wax!
This goes without saying, but if you’re experiencing irritation, stop waxing and give your skin some TLC. Contact your doctor or dermatologist if symptoms do not subside within 24 hours.
Apply aloe, ice, or a cold compress.
This should help soothe redness and calm the skin.
Use an ingrown serum.
If you’ve developed ingrown hairs post-wax, do not try to pop or dig at them. We know, it’s tempting. We recommend using our Ingrown Spot Treatment to soothe and exfoliate. Contact your doctor or dermatologist if your ingrowns do not subside.
Do a patch test before use.
If you haven’t already, test out both the wax-strips and post-wax cloths on your inner forearm before doing a full-on wax session elsewhere. This way, you can check for any potential reactions to either products before waxing on a more visible part of your body.
Avoid multiple pulls (at first).
If you are new to our wax products, only pull the strip off once a session, per area. As you get used to waxing at home, you will better know how your skin reacts and can judge whether it can handle multiple pulls a session.
Exfoliate before waxing.
Remove dead skin cells to prevent post-wax ingrowns by using a warm, wet washcloth to gently exfoliate beforehand, or, if you like, use a scrub (in that case, wait 24-48 hours before waxing to let your skin recover).
Again, your pores are open and vulnerable post-wax. Do not touch your freshly waxed skin or rub it on a pillow or other surface. Keep your hair out of your face and don’t apply any makeup or lotion right afterwards.
Take Time for Technique
How you pull can make all the difference between smooth skin and irritated skin, so take a second to plan how you’ll pull before you actually do it. For best results, pull quick and close to the skin. Pulling away from it can cause irritation.