Post-Wax Skin Care Tips
You’ve figured out how to prepare for your first waxing appointment (and all the ones to follow). You’re good to go now, right? Well, yes, but there’s still more that you should know about taking care of yourself as it relates to waxing. If you don’t have much experience with waxing, having some guidance in regards to how to care for your skin afterward can be helpful.
Dealing with Sensitivity
If you thought concerns about sensitivity or discomfort would be over the second your appointment was finished, you might want to think again. Think about it. You just ripped your hair out from the roots. It’s only normal for the area you had waxed to be sensitive for a time afterward. You can use post-depilatory, cool compresses, and cold gels to help soothe the skin. Hydrocortisone cream can help address or prevent itching and irritation that may occur. Choose loose, natural clothing to wear to your appointment and for the next few days afterward to reduce the friction caused by your clothing.
When you get waxed, the process of pulling the hair out leaves the skin open and more vulnerable than usual. Folliculitis is what happens when bacteria infect the hair follicles left exposed by waxing. It typically resolves on its own, but it’s still a good idea to take preventative action anyway. Wearing loose clothing to reduce friction can help prevent the skin from becoming more irritated. Wash yourself and the waxed area daily using a mild soap. Avoid sharing towels, washcloths, or personal items. Avoid using oils on the waxed area as well.
Addressing Ingrown Hairs
As the hair grows back after waxing, it doesn’t always grow back correctly. Sometimes it grows sideways or folds back in on itself, resulting in ingrown hairs. This particular problem is part of why it’s a good idea to exfoliate regularly. If you find you have ingrown hairs, avoid picking at them. Instead, gently exfoliate the area with special attention paid to the spots with the ingrown hair. If the problem persists, or if an infection develops, you can always talk to your doctor. They can extract the hair and provide medications to address the infection.
Taking care of your skin is always a good idea, but it’s especially important after you wax. It’s key to protecting sensitive skin, preventing folliculitis, and preventing ingrown hairs. Remember, the whole point of waxing is so that you can enjoy silky smooth, hairless skin. Doesn’t it make sense to take good care of it?
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