Considering waxing this spring to get rid of unwanted hairs? Before you get waxed, know that it can sometimes cause some not-so-awesome pimples and ingrown hairs, whether you go to a salon or choose the DIY route. Luckily, you can avoid this struggle as long as you learn how to not break out after waxing. The strategies below are super simple and will add barely any time to your standard beauty routine.
So what causes waxing-related breakouts in the first place? I reached out to Dr. David E. Bank at The Center for Dermatology in Westchester, NY, for the answer. He explains, "People often experience breakouts after waxing because their skin is irritated by the wax itself. When you wax your skin, a layer of superficial skin is often taken off so the pores are exposed and open to things that can cause a pimples like oily lotions or bacteria." If your skin is especially sensitive, look for DIY waxing kits specifically designed to be extra gentle and allergen-free.
Beyond pure wax irritation, Banks adds, "People who are using acne medications with a retinol in it should refrain from frequent waxing sessions, [as] retinol creams can make the skin extremely sensitive and may cause skin to become inflamed." Consider shaving as a safe alternative!
As for preventing these less-than-awesome breakouts, Banks gave me all his top tips.
"The best way to prevent breakouts after waxing is wash the area with a mild cleaner right after being waxed," shares Banks. Above is my favorite sensitive skin-friendly pick.
2. Apply Hydrocortisone Cream
After a mild cleanser, Banks suggests applying "a one percent hydrocortisone cream to prevent any extreme breakouts."
3. Exfoliate With Body Scrub
"It is also important to use a ... body scrub in between wax sessions to prevent any ingrown hairs and acne flare ups." The one above is hands down my favorite thanks to its fruity scent and all natural exfoliators.
4. Test Out A Loofah
If scrubs aren't your thing, Banks said a loofah will work just as well to "prevent any of the dead skin cells from clogging pores which can cause acne flare ups and in grown hairs."
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