Editor-Approved Tips On How to “NOT” Break Out After Your Waxing Sesh
Waxing is many women’s hair removal method of choice, but the occasional breakout after waxing is enough to send some women in search of another way to remove hair.
You know why?
Breakouts can occur after waxing because of bacteria, inflammation and irritation, but you can take steps to prevent the problem both before and after your waxing treatment. Whether you’re having your eyebrows, lip or another part of your body done, proper care and treatment can prevent a nasty breakout after waxing.
It’s true that waxing and threading inevitably open your pores, but you can have the best of both worlds and don’t have to sacrifice killer arches for acne-free skin. There are some key steps to take before and after your appointment that will prevent unwanted breakouts below:
1. No touching! Avoid poking and feeling your newly hair-free skin. This will only clog pores and transfer the bacteria that’s on your hands onto your face.
2. Treat yourself or a friend to the gift of bright, hydrated eyes. Yes, even after drinking, crying, or tossing and turning. LED light face masks are delivered at a safe therapeutic dose, to combat visible signs of aging, hyperpigmentation, minimize scars, and killing acne bacteria… including a bright, hydrated face & eyes.
3. Ensure that you or the salon you are going to for the waxing treatment use fresh applicators for each waxing appointment. Bacteria left on the materials and wax from other clients could set you up for breakouts. If you are waxing by yourself at home, sterilize all of your utensils, including the spatula and wax strips before applying them to your skin.
4. Plan your workout accordingly. Another way to avoid clogging freshly opened pores is to work out before (well before) you do damage control on your eyebrows. Says Galvan, sweating excessively can make the skin prone to breakouts, so plan that SoulCycle class in advance of a waxing appointment.
5. Use a hydrocortisone cream as soon as you see bumps forming. What you think is acne may actually be ingrown hairs or small irritation bumps. Paradi Mirmirani, MD, a dermatologist for Kaiser Permanente in Vallejo, California, suggest smoothing a hydrocortison cream on the area to reduce irritation and stop any itch that may be occurring.
Overall, be sure to know when to wax and why, and prepare your body accordingly in lieu of your upcoming waxing sesh!