Sometimes, clients report post-waxing irritation after a wax treatment. For men, chests and backs are usually more sensitive. For women, a common area is towards the inner thigh or groin areas. Delicate spots, like the brows, are also prone to irritation.
Lydia Evans, a dermatologist, explains it this way in Real Simple magazine, “Since coarse and thick hairs are more stubborn to remove, you’ll probably experience more redness in areas where they grow,” such as the bikini line and the underarms.
A great therapist can do a lot to lessen or prevent irritation by mastering the application and removal technique. The following are some tried-and-true methods. Compare the tips to your technique, and give the points that are new to you a try!
How to minimize post-waxing irritation
- The force it takes to pull hairs out from the roots can inflame skin. To minimize the possibility of breakouts happening, it is very important to give attention to the direction that the wax is applied and pulled off the skin.
- Application: Strip wax is applied with the hair growth and hard waxes are applied against the hair growth.
- Removal: With all types of wax, pull the wax against the hair growth, unless you are in an area that makes it difficult to pull off this way.
If the hair is pulled off sideways, it can dig into the side of hair follicle and scratch the follicle or break off. This can cause follicle irritation, or an ingrown hair which can sometimes progress to folliculitis.
After Waxing Techniques To Calm Skin
Here are some recommendations to follow after waxing areas like backs, chests and legs:
1. Cleanse skin with Lycotane Skin Cleanser.
2. Apply a cool wet towel compress on the skin
3. Apply Ingrown-X-it spray all over the area and massage in gently.
4. Apply Tea Tree Soothe Lotion.
5. Recommend that client uses Ingrown-X-it spray or cream at home on clean skin, 2 times per day for 2 weeks or longer.
6. 3 days after waxing, client can also use Tea Tree Soothe daily after using Ingrown-X-it.
If a little more support is needed, the client can apply a 1 percent hydrocortisone cream.
Just a pea-drop size of the cream, applied directly to the red zone can calm the flare-up. Hydrocortisone cream calms inflammation and reduces redness and any itchiness. Advise the client to follow the directions on the package.
Quick tip: Many clients say that they do not schedule a waxing within three days of the start of their period, because the skin tends to be extra sensitive.