Redness is very common as a side effect, which can affect 90% of those who wax. Depending on the person and their skin sensitivity, it can take a couple of hours, or even a couple of days for the redness to ease.
Prepping to Prevent Redness
- Exfoliate – 24/48hrs before waxing, it’s good to get rid of dead skin cells. It helps remove dirt and oil which otherwise could cause the hair follicle to become irritated after waxing and cause redness.
Post Care after Waxing
- Shower – after your waxing treatment, ensure you clean the area without any cream or lotion to remove any wax left overs. You can have a warm but no hot baths or showers, this will irritate the skin further,
- Aloe Vera Gel – Apply cooling lotion such as aloe vera or lavender gel will not only soothe any skin irritation and redness, but it also keeps the skin hydrated. Apply a generous layer of the gel on your skin several times a day. Keeping it in the fridge will keep the gel cold, which will ease irritation and any swelling.
- Stay away from tight clothes – Stay clear of constricting clothing or dirty clothing (especially tights) where you had the waxing treatment done for the next few days to avoid rubbing, irritation and to allow the skin to ‘breathe’ and for the redness to go down.
- Don’t touch – Don’t touch or try to pick the ingrown hair – bacteria may cause an infection.
- 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 and it’s recommended to seek advice from a doctor
- Try another method – No matter what you do, you may not be able to calm sensitive skin after waxing. For extremely sensitive skin, waxing is probably not the best method, so Laser is an alternative, it removes the hair follicle from the root but it’s much easier on the skin.
- Don’t Exercise – Avoid exercising, swimming or participating in activities that make you sweat a lot for at least 24 hours.