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

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

But don’t let that stop you from seeking hair-free results. Being educated on and how to prevent these problems and get rid of them brings you a step ahead of the game.

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

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You’re so happy the hair is gone, but now you’re greeted with a pimple or two and maybe even a breakout. Go figure! Unfortunately, this can happen even if you're not prone to acne or have oily skin because the follicle is more prone to bacteria.  More »

These invaders seem to pop up a lot after a lot of different 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 breaks the hair. This breakage is the breeding grounds for hair to pierce​ the skin. By prepping the skin correctly and taking care of it after hair is gone can help tremendously in beating these annoying invaders. More »

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Uh-oh! You look at your freshly waxed skin a couple hours later to find red bumps. This is different from the what happens with ingrown hair. Ingrown hairs begin after they grow and create ​bumpy skin.

These bumps we're talking about are more immediate are not from the hair. However, it's a very common side effect, especially when waxing an area the first couple times. Find out what you can do. More »

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Does it look like someone just beat you up rather than just get rid your hair? While the skin does get pulled on, bruising is not normal, and you shouldn't be turning black and blue. Get tips if you're performing your own hair removal or seeing a pro at a salon or spa. More »

The waxing really hurt, and not only is your skin extremely red it looks burned, scraped or has started to scab. One reason could be that the wax was heated up and applied too hot. (This 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 ​all together. Depending on what it is you may be able to try another hair removal method. 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 that much whether you've made an appointment or are saving some cash and doing the DIY option. Here's how to keep the discomfort to a minimal. More »

The hair hasn’t grown back yet but it looks almost like it has. The skin now looks darker or maybe there appears to be a shadow or a sunspot forming. It sounds like your skin may be sensitive to the sun which possibly may be from a medication that causes photosensitivity. Read about how this can conflict with waxing and what you can do about it. More »