How to Avoid (and Treat) the Side Effects of Waxing

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Unfortunately, the side effects of waxing don't just mean you'll end up hairless. Hair removal sometimes leaves its mark and comes with the price of redness, breakouts, ingrown hairs, pain, and more.

However, don’t let that stop you from seeking the benefits of waxing. Being educated about how to prevent the problems associated with waxing, and how to get rid of them, brings you a step closer to the smooth skin you desire.

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Does waxing have you seeing red? You’re not alone because some level of pink usually comes with the territory especially if you're removing thick hair or you have sensitive skin. Although you may not be able to completely avoid it, there are some things you can do to see less read and leave your skin closer to how it looked before the wax. More »

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Congratulations! Your hair is gone, but now you're left with a pimple or two and (yikes) even a breakout. Unfortunately, this can happen even if you went to a good technician and you're not prone to acne. That's because the follicle is more prone to bacteria.  More »

These invaders seem to pop up a lot after all kinds of hair removal methods. Shaving is one of the major offenders, as well as using an epilator.

Waxing also makes the list because it doesn’t always remove the entire hair follicle from the root, but instead, the hair breaks off. This breakage is an ideal breeding ground for hair to pierce the skin. The good news is, by prepping the skin correctly, and taking care of it after your hair is gone, you can beat these annoying invaders. More »

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Here's something you don't want to happen. You look at your freshly waxed skin a few hours after your process, only to find red bumps. This is different from the what happens with ingrown hair. Ingrown hairs begin after they grow and create the bumpy skin.

The bumps you see immediately after waxing are more like a razor burn or raised red, irritated skin. More »

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Does it look like someone just beat you up? While the skin does get pulled on, and bruising on sensitive skin is normal, you shouldn't be turning black and blue. Get tips about bruising, especially if you're performing your own hair removal. More »

If the waxing really hurt, your skin is extremely red, it looks burned, scraped, or has started to scab, it's not the end of the world. One reason could be that the wax was heated and applied too hot, which often happens with a wax pot that has an on and off switch rather than an adjustable temperature. If that wasn't the case, something else is to blame. It could be a medication you're taking, a skincare product you're using, or even a medical condition.

Find out when you need to take extra precaution, avoid waxing in a certain zone or need to avoid waxing altogether. More »

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A shrill of pain may only be while the hair is being removed, but can be quite annoying especially in delicate areas. Granted, your hair is being pulled out from the root, but it doesn’t have to hurt so much you start balling. Whether you've gone to a professional salon or are saving money and went DIY, here's how to keep the discomfort to a minimal. More »

Perhaps this happened to you. Your hair hasn’t grown back yet but it looks almost like it has. Or, your skin looks darker or it looks like a sunspot is forming. If that's the case, it sounds like either your skin is sensitive to the sun or your skin is reacting to a medication your taking. Read about how this can conflict with waxing and what you can do about it. More »