My Skin Breaks Out After Waxing! Why?

There are two possible reasons why you may breakout after any waxing. When the hair is pulled out, the sebaceous or oil gland becomes overly stimulated and causes a pimple like reaction. Another reason is that if there is already bacteria present in the lower layers of the skin, the trauma to the skin can cause it to surface.

Most clients do not experience reactions beyond redness and minor irritation. Unfortunately, your skin therapist cannot predict or guarantee who may react, but provided below are a few guidelines to help minimize irritation and possible breakouts.

  • Avoid the sun immediately after waxing and wear sun screen; recently waxed areas are prone to hyperpigmentation (permanent darkening of the skin) if exposed to the sun.
  • Avoid heavy exercise for at least 24 hours after waxing.
  • Do not use exfoliating products (AHAs, scrubs, etc) and loofahs for at least 24 hours after waxing as they will likely irritate your skin.
  • Avoid tight clothing after waxing, especially in the waxed areas. Tight clothing may result in irritation and ingrown hairs.
  • Routine waxing helps the skin get accustomed to the procedure and may minimize irritation.
  • Unfortunately, no hot bath, hot shower or in the case of a Brazilian, sexual intercourse for 24-48 hours (I know … bummer). While your pores are open, they are vulnerable to irritation by the extreme temperatures and infection by bacteria.

*These guidelines pertain to any type of waxing including: Back Waxing; Brazilian and Bikini Waxing; and Eyebrow, Lip and Chin Waxing.


Author: Wholistic Skincare

Chicago-based natural skincare & beauty expert

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