How to Soothe Irritation Bumps From Eyebrow Threading

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How to Soothe Irritation Bumps From Eyebrow Threading
Threading is a way of removing unwanted eyebrow hair. (girl looking down bw image by Litle from

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.

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Things you need

  • Cotton swab
  • Witch hazel
  • Aloe
  • Antibiotic ointment

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    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.

    How to Soothe Irritation Bumps From Eyebrow Threading
    Cotton swabs are better than cotton balls, which can become too saturated. (Cotton wool image by Victor M. from
  2. 2

    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.

    How to Soothe Irritation Bumps From Eyebrow Threading
    Aloe is a natural, soothing remedy. (aloe image by Magdalena Mirowicz from
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    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.

    How to Soothe Irritation Bumps From Eyebrow Threading
    Skin irritation may need further treatment. (headache image by Jarek Miarka from

Tips and warnings

  • 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.

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