How to prevent breakouts after waxing

Updated April 17, 2017

Many women and men have their bodies waxed to remove unwanted hair. Skin breakouts of spots and pimples can often occur after waxing treatments, because hair follicles becomes inflamed. Ingrowing hairs may also develop as the hair grows back, leading to more red spots. Always exfoliate your skin between waxes to reduce the chance of unsightly breakouts.

Wash and exfoliate your skin before waxing. Make sure that the area is free of cuts and sores, and apply baby powder to the area before waxing.

Apply tea tree oil and aloe vera immediately after waxing. Do not use any products that contain fragrance. Apply aloe vera on the skin every morning and night for three days to heal your skin and prevent breakouts.

Exfoliate your skin three days after waxing and at least twice a week between waxing treatments to prevent ingrowing hairs from developing and dirt from accumulating in your pores.

Apply ice to close your pores and reduce inflammation after waxing. Wash the area with an astringent such as witch hazel, then immediately apply the ice. This is especially helpful after facial waxing.

Use a hydrocortisone cream after closing your pores with ice. The cream is especially effective on facial areas that tend to breakout in little red spots after waxing.

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Though music journalism is Bertram B. Joyner's main field of expertise, he enjoys writing about all subject matters and in all mediums from essays and novels to screenplays and poetry. His past work includes writing for an established New York-based music magazine and press releases for indie rock bands.