How to Soothe Irritation Bumps From Eyebrow Threading

Updated April 17, 2017

Eyebrow threading is a process of removing eyebrow hairs, one at a time, by wrapping a thin thread around the base of the hair and pulling it out. The procedure originated in India and has become popular in the United States in recent years. Threading can result in small red bumps in the area where the hair was removed. Usually this is mild and disappears in just a few hours. For some people with more sensitive skin, the irritation lasts longer, requiring treatment.

Soak the tip of a cotton swab in witch hazel and gently wipe it over the affected area. This will cleanse the pores. Do not do this too vigorously; doing so may cause further irritation.

Apply a small amount of aloe --- a drop approximately the size of a grain of rice --- to the irritated area. Use pure aloe instead of a lotion or gel that contains aloe. Perfumed lotions and ointments may clog pores and further irritate the area. Repeat this as needed for ongoing relief.

Apply a small amount of antibiotic ointment to any infected area. Bumps that are inflamed or oozing may be infected. If the skin does not improve or gets worse within 24 hours, contact a dermatologist for medical guidance.


To prevent skin irritation, the eyebrows should be clean before being threaded. Do not use oily or perfumed ointments or lotions, which may contribute to redness, pimples and infected pores.

Things You'll Need

  • Cotton swab
  • Witch hazel
  • Aloe
  • Antibiotic ointment
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Aline Lindemann is a health, food and travel writer. She has also worked as a social worker, preschool teacher and art educator. Lindemann holds a Master of Liberal Studies in culture, health and creative nonfiction writing from Arizona State University.