- 48 hours post hair removal: start gently exfoliating with a sugar scrub and moisturize with a shea butter 2-3 per week
- No fabric softener in undergarments and workout clothes (vinegar rinses in place of fabric softener)
This is most common on the upper lip right after waxing but some experience it during the outgrowth phase of a bikini wax. Apply a cold wash cloth to the area to stop the sensation. If happening during the outgrowth section, this could mean that you need to exfoliate a little more due to the hair potentially being trapped under the skin.
I have little white bumps and its within 24 hours of being waxed, why?
This is called a histamine reaction, occurs during hair removal because the skin is trying to figure out what is causing the trauma. Clients have told me that if they take an over the counter anti-histamine either topically or orally the reaction clears up within an a couple of hours. If you are prone to this happening, again clients have said they take an antihistamine before their appt and they can stop the reaction from happening but always consult a licensed medical professional.
It has been 48 hours since my wax and now I have little yellow bumps, looks like pimples, what is happening?
This may occur after a couple of waxing and this means your waxed area has come into contact with dirt, bacteria or you may have sweated. Use an over the counter pimple spot treatment cream. Applying this and leaving the area alone results in the bumps going away and not causing post-inflammatory pigmentation but always consult a licensed medical professional. .
I am prone to ingrowns what can I do to prevent and eliminate them when they start?
Spa Liz believes that trying the natural way to prevent and take care of ingrowns is best. My first piece of advice is to exfoliate with a sugar scrub 2-3 per week followed with a shea butter moisturizing treatment through out the growth cycle. If you experience ingrowns then take an Epson salt bath: 2 cups in warm bath water, soak 15-20mins a few times a week Epson salts are not actually salt (sodium chloride) but magnesium sulfate and will draw the crud to the surface as well as hydrate the skin.
If that is not working, come in for a bikini facial
and we will discuss your next steps to prevention. Spa Liz and Company offers a variety of products to prevent ingrowns.
The most common reason individuals experience ingrowns is due to poor home-care follow through. Another reason I have found is the product line they choose to use, those scrubs found at chain retail outlets contain fragrances and comedogenic oils that irritate the skin and cause ingrowns.
Now there are some folks who are just going to be prone to ingrown hairs no matter what they do. Shifts in hormones (pregnancy, birth-control and PCOS) will contribute to the problem. Also medications that dehydrate the skin can also contribute if the skin is not being exfoliated and moisturized daily. And yes even our pubic area requires moisturizer daily especially when waxing or sugaring. Dry skin will result in a less than favorable hair removal outcome.
I have a very sensitive area, feels raw, and looks pink?
This sounds like during your waxing you may have experienced lifting. Lifting occurs when the dry (dead) skin sticks to the fresh healthy skin underneath. When the strip is removed they come up together leaving a sensitive raw are, comparable to feeling like rug burn. The key is to keep it moisturized, prefer an aloe base, for the next 24 hours to avoid any scabbing or post inflammatory pigmentation.
What caused this? Several things could be the cause of this, lack of good home care i.e. moisturizing; medications, friction from clothes post wax. If I think someone has lifted during the waxing I will put on a gel to moisturize and help relieve any discomfort. You may also be sent home with a cream to help with the healing process. However a lot of times it will not be noticeable until after a couple of hours, so always error on the side of caution and take prevention.
Any contraindications to waxing?
CONTRAINDICATIONS - You must be off the following medications for 3 months prior to receiving a wax service.
Accutane (Must be off for a year)
Adapalene (Acne medication)
Alustra (Retin A)
Avage (Tazorac – Acne medication)
Avita (type of Retin A)
Differin (Acne medication)
Isotretinoin (like Accutane)
Renova (Retin A)
Tazarac (Acne medication)
Tazarotene (like Tazorac)
Tretinoin (like Retin A)
The following can cause sensitivity. Please notify your wax specialist if you are using or have used any of the following in the last month:
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (Glycolic, Lactic)
Peels or Microdermabrasion