Many women prefer to remove hair from different parts of their body through waxing. But the breakouts that appear occasionally on the skin after waxing can make them worried and search for some other means to remove hair. Breakouts that appears after waxing is due to bacterial infections, inflammation etc. But there are ways to take measures before and after waxing to prevent these breakouts. Whether you are going to wax your hands, eyebrows, lips or any other part of your body, you can prevent these horrible breakouts with proper care and treatments.
Breakouts after Waxing Prevention Tips:
Exfoliating skin before waxing:
Exfoliating your skin is an excellent way to prevent breakouts after waxing. Make sure that you exfoliate your skin with an exfoliating scrub before you start waxing. This helps in getting rid of dead skin cells as well as dirt and oil, which otherwise may enter your pores with waxing and can cause infections. Exfoliating also helps in providing you a smooth result. If you do not have an exfoliating scrub at home, you can make one on your own. All you have to do is to mix sugar and water to form a paste. Now massage your skin with this scrub. This is great for removing the dead skin cells, dirt and oil from your skin and to cleanse your skin.
Choose Best salon for waxing:
Another thing to take care is to choose the right salon for waxing. Make sure that the salon you are going for waxing uses fresh utensils for each waxing appointment. If not cleaned well, bacteria left on the materials and wax from other patrons can cause breakouts. If you are going to wax your body at home, remember to sterilize all your utensils, including the spatula and wax strips before you apply them to your skin. This way you can make sure that no breakouts take place.
Use Natural Astringent:
As soon s you complete waxing, you have to apply an astringent on the area you have waxed. Witch hazel is a good astringent and natural too. It can help in calming the inflammation that takes place after waxing. All you have to do is to douse a cotton ball with witch hazel and dab lightly on the area that has been freshly waxed. This will keep the skin cool and clean. The antiseptic and soothing properties of it can prevent infection.
Using hydrocortisone cream helps:
After taking all precautions, if you find any bumps appearing on your skin, then make sure that you apply a hydrocortisone cream on the area. What you think is acne, may be actually ingrown hairs or small irritation bumps on the skin. According to Paradi Mirmirani, Md, a dermatologist at Kaiser Permanente in Vallejo, California, you can reduce irritation and stop any kind of itching that may occur by applying a hydrocortisone cream on the waxed area.
Back of your hand from the waxed area:
Once you have waxed an area of your skin, you must try to avoid touching the area with your fingers. You may be eager to feel the result of waxing and may find it hard not to run your fingers over the area. But by doing so, you will be transferring bacteria to the freshly waxed area, where the skin is very sensitive. This can cause even more breaking out. What you can do is to keep your hands away from the area and look into the mirror to see the result.
Things you need:
- Exfoliating scrub
- Witch hazel
- Hydrocortisone cream
Tea tree oil based wax is also good for preventing breakouts. Tea tree oil is known for its antiseptic properties, and is great for preventing acne on the skin. If you are prone to breakouts after waxing, you can use wax containing tea oil in it. This will help in preventing breakouts or bumps.
Post Waxing Care Tips for Soothing Skin:
- Cleanse again – if you are doing waxing at home, apply witch hazel.
- Finipil is specially made to be used after hair removal. It is said that it can kill 99.999% of germs. This way it can prevent infection in the empty hair follicle.
- Avoid touching the waxed area. It can cause infection.
- Exfoliate again. You can exfoliate the skin lightly the next day, unless the skin is tender and red. With regular exfoliation you can prevent breakouts and in-grown hair.
- Beware of your spa habits. If you had a leg wax, try to stay away from pedicures, including saunas and whirlpools for the next two days. If you had a body wax, you can stick to shower rather than a bath on that day.
- Remember not to exercise. You should not do anything that can make our sweat. So, exercise should also be avoided as it can make you sweat.
- Try not to wear tight clothes, so that the cloth you wear does not cause any friction where you have had the waxing. So, avoid wearing tight clothes for a few days after you wax.
- If still there is a breakout, try not to pop your pimple as it can cause the bacteria to spread and lead to the appearance of more pimples. Instead, you can apply a little of tea tree oil or any other product that you use for treating breakouts.
After taking all measures, if you still suffer from breakouts after waxing, then you can try some other methods to remove hair from the follicle. Threading is a wonderful way to remove hair from face, especially the brows. It is done using a string and it hardly touches your skin. Sugaring is also a good method. It is made of natural ingredients and it does not remove live skin cells like waxing does.