How to get rid of rash from waxing

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How to get rid of rash from waxing
Try waxing a less sensitive area at first such as the leg, to test your skin's sensitivity to waxing. (FogStock/Vico Images/Erik Palmer/FogStock/Getty Images)

Rashes or little red bumps can occur after waxing the skin -- especially in delicate areas such as the underarms and the pubic region. This happens with many men and women who wax their body hair, especially in those who have sensitive skin or just started routine waxes. You can't always prevent these rashes from happening, but there are several steps you can take to get rid of rashes when they occur.

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Things you need

  • Body wash or soap for sensitive skin
  • Witch hazel
  • Cotton balls
  • Aloe vera gel
  • Antiseptic or antibiotic cream

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  1. 1

    Wash the infected area. Use speciality soap or body wash that is for sensitive skin -- this will help reduce any further irritation.

  2. 2

    Dab on some witch-hazel to the area. Witch-hazel is a natural astringent that can help soothe the skin and reduce irritation. Apply the liquid with a cotton ball.

  3. 3

    Apply aloe vera if the skin is stinging or burning -- this will help soothe any pain and will decrease the redness and irritability of your rash.

  4. 4

    Use an antiseptic or antibiotic cream that will soothe and heal the rash and prevent infection. Make sure to use antibiotic cream if you feel as though your skin may be infected or if you have open wounds along with your rash. Either one of these creams will help heal the rash.

  5. 5

    Apply ice daily if you feel the waxed area is inflamed or swollen. Although this is not necessary if you simply have a rash and no swelling.

  6. 6

    Repeat the process until the rash has gone down. While treating the rash, avoid hot showers or baths and saltwater, as they can irritate the skin.

Tips and warnings

  • You can take over-the-counter pain killers or ibuprofen to decrease pain and swelling in the infected area.
  • Be gentle when washing the skin. While washing is important, excessive scrubbing can irritate the rash.
  • Wear loose clothing around the infected area -- tight clothing can irritate the rash.
  • If your rash looks as though it may be infected, it is throbbing, has open sores or pus coming from the rash, apply an antibiotic cream immediately. If these symptoms do not go away in a few days, visit your GP.

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