How Can I Calm Sensitive Red Skin After Waxing?

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Question: How Can I Calm Sensitive Skin After Waxing?

Answer: One of the most common waxing side effects, some degree redness or inflammation will usually occur right after the waxing especially for the sensitive-prone, but usually subsides throughout the day. It's not only pulling hair out of the follicle, but also tugging at skin which causes most of the redness.


Calm Sensitive Skin After Waxing:

  • Check the label. Let's start with prevention. Make sure the wax doesn't contain any ingredients you're allergic to that can leave you unnecessarily red. Often, waxes are made up of resin but may be based on a certain ingredient like: tea tree, lavender, chocolate and so on.

    Many also are made up of artificial colors, fragrances and ingredients. While you can be allergic to almost anything- natural or not- artificial ingredients are allergic triggers for many. Don't forget about checking the products for prepping the skin, removing the wax and soothing the skin as well.

    If you're getting it done professionally, you should be asked to fill out a form to make sure you're compatible with waxing and list any allergies, but this doesn't always happen. So don't be afraid to speak up before waxing and tell the technician of anything you're allergic to, and ask them write it on your client profile to avoid future reactions.
  • Apply powder or oil. If you're waxing yourself, after cleansing skin apply pre-epilation powder if using soft wax and pre-epilation oil for hard wax. These will act as a buffer, so the wax adheres more to the hair and not the skin. Thus, lessening the amount of redness. (See more about body waxing supplies.)
  • Use the right technique. Be sure you're holding the skin taut while pulling hair out to keep skin from being tugged on too much. Use a wax made for sensitive skin, a cream based product often works well (compare prices). Don't wax over an area more than once, as this can cause you to become very red and inflamed, not to mention removing your skin too.                            
  • Wax shouldn't be too hot or too cold. Of course wax that is too hot can burn skin. This can happen when there isn't that much wax left in a can and it gets overly hot or it's microwaved too long. Make sure to check the temperature by putting a bit on the backside of your hand first.

    Wax that is supposed to be heated (as opposed to pre-made strips or cold wax) that isn't warm enough won't come off as easily when pulled and also cause unnecessary redness.
  • Soothe skin. After removing hair and removing wax residue apply an after wax cooling product like Relax and Wax N Trauma Momma, or an aloe based gel (compare prices) to help soothe skin and subdue the redness and inflammation.

    Tea bags brewed and then cooled placed on the eyes also helps after waxing the brows. Ice, an ice-pack or a bag of frozen vegetables assists in reducing inflammation.
  • Don't use this. I've read that eye drops made to take the redness can be used to take the redness out of skin. Well I tried it and it does not work! The chemicals actually irritate freshly waxed skin.        
  • Find someone experienced. If you've opted to go to a salon or spa, remember that just because the person is licensed to remove hair doesn't necessarily mean that they are good at waxing. A crafty tech will properly prep skin, use the right type of wax for your skin and hair type, apply and remove the product correctly, and soothe skin immediately after the service. All of these things can make the difference between how red or irritated you become.
  • Cover it up. So you have somewhere to go, and don't want everyone there to know you got waxed? Apply some mineral makeup, it's light on the skin and allows it to breathe more than liquid or cakey foundation and concealer.
  • Know when it's not normal. If the skin is extremely painful for days, bleeds, is torn off or scabs, then something isn't right. Waxing isn't for everyone or in every body or facial zone, read waxing precautions for the full list.
  • Try another method. No matter what you do, you may not be able to calm sensitive skin after waxing. It's just too hard on the skin for some. Threading and sugaring are two other alternatives that also remove the hair follicle from the root but are much easier on the skin, and may lead to less redness.

    Other issues from waxing like ingrown hairs, pain, bumps, bruising are also possible. Check out: How to Avoid and Treat Side Effects of Waxing