How to Prevent and Treat Waxing Side Effects

Woman Doing Depilation on Leg with Wax Strip

Unfortunately, there are other unwanted effects of waxing than hairlessness. Ingrown hairs, redness, acne, and other side effects are occasionally paid for by hair removal. However, you shouldn’t let the adverse effects of waxing prevent you from reaping its advantages. Waxing will become an exciting possibility if you are knowledgeable about preventative care and know how to handle issues when they emerge.

To learn more about waxing side effects and how to treat them, keep reading.

Bluish Color and Inflammation

When you wax, do you become angry? You’re not alone; a certain amount of pink usually results with hair removal, especially if you have sensitive skin or are removing dense hair. Occasionally, the heat [from the wax] might result in redness and inflammation, which causes the blood vessels to expand and increase the flow of blood to the region being waxed. There are certain things you may do to decrease redness and restore your skin to its pre-wax appearance, even if you might not be able to totally avoid it.

How to Manage

An aloe-based serum, like Wakse’s Cactus H20 Post-Wax Serum, can be used to soothe the skin and reduce irritation or post-wax redness. Choose loose, comfortable clothing if the region you have waxed is covered by it because friction will simply worsen an already inflamed patch of skin.


Congratulations! You no longer have any hair, but (yikes) you do have a pimple or two or maybe an outbreak. Unfortunately, even if you see the greatest technician and don’t have a history of acne, this might still happen.

While waxing eliminates hair, it also removes some of the top layer of skin, exposing your pores. If the pore is contaminated with germs, a pimple will develop. Naturally, proper preparation before and after waxing is essential, as is maintaining basic cleanliness.

How to Manage

To get rid of any bacteria that were brought up via the follicle, clean the skin as soon as possible with a mild foaming cleanser.

Preparing the skin for the waxing procedure is indicated. It’s crucial to avoid getting pimples in the first place. Exfoliate beforehand, of course. The use of a body wash containing an exfoliator, such as salicylic acid, can both prevent and cure acne. Wear loose clothing and refrain from picking at the pimples to prevent further aggravating your skin. Before waxing day, try applying a body cleanser like Neutrogena’s Body Clear Body Wash.

Unwanted Hairs

Any kind of hair removal can cause these uncomfortable invaders to appear. When it comes to ingrown hair, shaving and using an epilator are the worst offenders, but waxing also makes the list. Sometimes, following hair removal, the hair grows back downward rather than upward, staying below the skin’s surface. This is typically more prevalent in regions where [the hair] is thicker, such as the bikini line or underarms. Additionally, those with curly hair are more likely to experience it.

How to Manage

The good news is that you may prevent these unsightly pimples by properly preparing the skin and caring for it after your hair has been removed. I advise exfoliating three times a week for the first 24 to 48 hours before and after waxing to help treat ingrown hairs. Afterwards, use a post-care serum as a follow-up.


Occasionally, when you examine your newly waxed skin a few hours later, pimples appear. What are they if they aren’t pimples or ingrown hairs? It turns out that the lumps you notice just after waxing resemble those you experience when you get razor burn.

Our body’s response to the hair follicle being waxed and skin tension are two common causes of raised bumps.

How to Manage

The intensity of the pimples will determine whether they need to be treated, say specialists. There is no need to worry about treating pimples that emerge without redness because they frequently linger for two days before going away. However, specialists advise taking two topical treatments if you have pain from these pimples; however, use caution while using a moisturiser.

Afterward, you might soothe your skin with cold compresses. Topical cortisone cream use is a helpful method for reducing inflammation. Verify that any moisturisers you apply subsequently are fragrance-free.


You shouldn’t become black and blue after waxing, even if the skin does get yanked on and bruising on sensitive skin is common. Sensitive skin can frequently bruise. As we wax, we keep the skin taut, which can lead to subcutaneous haemorrhage, or bleeding under the skin, which is what causes the bruise.

Simply treat yourself more gently the next time if the bruises are the consequence of a DIY waxing session. Avoid going back to a technician if you bruised after getting a professional wax.

How to Manage

Unfortunately, bruises are difficult to remove. To relieve discomfort, try using a CBD-rich lotion like Lord Jones. Otherwise, experts advise using a cold compress to the bruised skin or taking ibuprofen to lessen the discomfort. However, it is advised to get care from a medical expert if the bruise doesn’t go away or gets worse over many days.

Removed or Burned Skin

It’s not the end of the world, but it is an issue if the waxing truly hurt and your skin is quite red and seems burnt and scraped. The application of wax that is far too hot for the skin might result in burned and removed skin. If the same place is waxed more than once, removed skin might also happen. Naturally, at-home waxing presents this specific problem more frequently than professional waxing does.

Even while heat is most frequently the cause of post-wax scorching and damage, you might need to conduct some further investigation if the wax’s heat wasn’t the problem. There is always a chance that a skincare product you use or a prescription you are taking might interact when it comes to the skin. Additionally, you can encounter responses connected to a medical condition.

Your skin may become thinner and more prone to lifting during a wax if you are using a retinol lotion or taking drugs. Consistently disclose to your therapist what drugs and creams you are using.

How to Manage

Knowing when to take extra precautions, whether to avoid waxing in a particular area, or to switch to a different hair removal technique is important. Apply an even layer of an antiseptic cream, such as Neosporin, to the burned area for the next few days, and stay as far away from heat as you can until the wound has healed.

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