You know your body better than anyone else. If you feel you are experiencing severe skin irritation that needs medical attention, go see your physician IMMEDIATELY before taking any medications or over-the-counter drugs.
Allergic reaction to hair removal wax is pretty rare.
But if you are allergic to any of them: pine rosins, coconut oil or paraffin wax, or if you are currently treating acne with medications like Accutane, Retin A, Renova, Differin, or other skin thinning acne medications, please do not use any of our hard body waxes unless you have consulted a doctor.
Waxing is mostly safe, but there can be unexpected skin reactions. That’s why we would like you to undergo a PATCH TEST(must!) beforehand.
24hr PATCH TEST
Dab a small amount of the melted wax on an outer part of your arm or another area WITHOUT HAIR and leave it a few minutes to harden. But if you start feeling any pain or discomfort, remove the hardened wax straight away.
GOOD TO KNOW
Like shaving, waxing causes a type of trauma to the skin by stripping the skin’s outer layer. You may experience mild redness, hives, or blotchy red spots, known as the after-waxing histamine response because your skin is taking its fight against the trauma. Try some after-wax care products and wait for skin to start to soothe itself. Generally, normal reactions after waxing should go away within 24 to 48 hours.
Try to avoid swimming and long hot showers(lukewarm is suggested) if you are experiencing any of the histamine reactions.
[PIMPLES] AFTER WAXING
Breakouts of pimples are more of the skin reacting to WAXING itself than an allergic reaction. The allergies you get from the skin itself, skin sensitivity, repeatedly touching the area can cause pimples after a hot wax. Pimples can present as after waxing bumps that have whiteheads or are not particularly itchy or rash-like.
How to Prevent/Treat
Have a gentle exfoliator at hand, a washcloth, for example. Use it with warm water PRIOR to your waxing to make sure there is no makeup, lotion or oil on the to-be-waxed area. This is to help prevent pimples from showing up as gentle exfoliation helps slough away dry flakes of skin. Try to avoid constant touching of the skin that’s been freshly waxed. This is to stop transferring the bacteria that are on your hands onto your open pores(waxing removes the superficial layer of the skin, meaning your pores are left exposed).
[HIVES] AFTER WAXING
Hives can be raised welts that have the shape of a mosquito bite or small itchy bumps on the surface of the skin. In a nutshell, it is your skin’s natural reaction to protect itself from the irritation of the hair’s being pulled out. This usually occurs to first-time waxers or to people who don’t get waxed very often.
How to Treat
Rest assured there’s no need to panic. Hives will naturally disappear on their own but using a COLD COMPRESS after your wax will cool the temperature of the skin. It can also reduce redness and calm any itchiness. You can then apply a thin layer of anti-histamine cream or hydrocortisone cream to the skin. Steer clear of lotions, perfumes, deodorants, and even makeup exactly after depilation. It is better to allow the skin to rest for a few hours.
[PORE BLEEDING] AFTER WAXING
First-time waxers are prone to pore bleeding, also known as “pinpoint bleeding”. It is completely normal if you see slight pinpoint bleeding in the hair follicle after your wax, which may subside a couples of hours later.
Why is it normal? - Each hair follicle on our skin is nourished by a tiny pair of capillaries that feeds blood to the hair to let it grow. Depilatory treatment like waxing can shock a hair follicle that sits near a blood capillary and a small pin-prick of blood can follow the hair out, which is a sign that the hair was removed from the root(That’s why waxing is a longer-lasting in terms of its result than other options like shaving).
It may happen also if you are waxing sensitive, tight pore areas like the underarms or bikini and Brazilian area.
How to Treat
Speak with your dermatologist beforehand if you are taking on certain prescription medications that may cause your blood to thin.
Take lukewarm instead of hot showers. No creams or fragrant things around the area for 24hours. Avoid touching the area as infection can occur because of sweat or bacteria getting to the area.
[BRUISING] AFTER WAXING
Though it is more likely happen to people who have sensitive skin or are on certain types of medication, poor pulling technique can also be to blame when it comes to the bruising. Weak stretching, pulling from wrong direction, weak moves, and pulling from the middle can be reasons that cause the skin to bruise.
How does it occur? - Not holding the skin taut(skin is loose) while removing the hot wax can cause a "bounce back" that damages the underlying tissue and forms bruising.
How to Treat
Place an ice pack on the bruised skin or try a high-CBD cream like Lord Jones to help with the pain. Be gentler with yourself next time: keep the skin taut, stay CLOSE and PARALLEL to the skin while the skin gets pulled on.
If you are going to do a Bikini/Brazilian wax, taking the removal in two or several pulls can minimize the risk of bruising. Unless you are a technician, keep the skin taut all the way along the removal path can be very tricky if you are applying a long strip of wax and removing in one long pull.
[SKIN LIFTING] FROM WAXING
Lifting is when your skin comes up with the wax. It rarely happen but you can be prone to it if you are a diabetic or are taking Antibiotics (oral or topical use), Accutane, some form of Retin-A, prescription blood thinners, prescription steroids, or some anti-aging products.
How to Treat
It will take about 1-2 weeks for your skin to heal.
There are a few things you can do to help the healing process begin:
√ Run the afflicted area under cold water for 5 to 20 minutes.
√ Rinse the area merely with mild soap or a gentle cream cleanser free from toxic ingredients or alcohol.
√ Then apply pressure to it with a cold compress to soothe any pain or inflammation. DO NOT put ice or an ice pack directly to the skin.
√ Follow up with an antibacterial soothing ointment like Neoporin or Bacitracin.
√ Apply aloe vera, which can ease burns and help reduce the sensation or burning. If you don’t have aloe vera, honey also may help with burns.
√ Continue to apply antibiotic ointment as the burn heals.
√ If your burn is oozing or doesn’t seem to be healing, call your doctor.