How to Treat Bumps on the Skin Left After Waxing

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How to Treat Bumps on the Skin Left After Waxing
Bumps from waxing may be prevented by exfoliating before your session. (Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

After hair is removed by a waxing method, the skin can become irritated and develop a rash or red bumps. These bumps can be a result of bleeding or ingrown hairs; or, they can be due to general inflammation caused by the temperature of the wax, rough hair removal or a reaction to chemicals used in preparing or cleaning the skin. The bumps may appear immediately after hair removal or may develop as the hair begins to regrow. There are steps you can take to prevent or minimise the problem.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Water
  • Loofah sponge
  • Exfoliating scrub
  • Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine
  • Over-the-counter antihistamine
  • Cotton ball
  • Witch hazel
  • Aloe vera gel
  • Hydrocortisone cream

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  1. 1

    Hydrate the loofah sponge with warm water.

  2. 2

    Apply a small amount of exfoliating scrub to the loofah.

  3. 3

    Gently scrub the area that you wish to wax with the loofah and exfoliating scrub. This helps unclog pores and remove dead skin and debris that can cause irritation.

  4. 4

    Rinse the scrubbed area.

  5. 5

    Allow the area to air dry. Wear loose clothing to maximise air flow and prevent irritation caused by rubbing and constriction.

  6. 6

    Take an over-the-counter antihistamine and an anti-inflammatory medication according to the manufacturer's dosage guidelines.

  7. 7

    Ask the salon to use lotion that does not contain mineral oil.


  1. 1

    Gently wash the waxed area with warm water and soap.

  2. 2

    Dip a cotton ball into witch hazel and rub it over the waxed area. Allow the area to dry.

  3. 3

    Apply aloe vera gel onto waxed area.

  4. 4

    Wear loose cotton clothing to increase air flow and keep the skin from coming into contact with bacteria.

  5. 5

    Repeat anti-inflammatory medication dosing as needed for pain and irritation. Coat the area with hydrocortisone cream.

Tips and warnings

  • Proper preparation and follow-up care will eliminate bumps caused by waxing for most individuals. If the methods don't work for your skin, wait a day or two after exfoliating before waxing and make sure to relax during the waxing session to ease hair extraction.
  • If you continue to develop bumps after following all of the preparation and treatment steps and do not have a bacterial infection, you may be sensitive to the wax or lotion being used by the waxer. Ask the waxer if there are wax and lotion alternatives.
  • Even if these steps do not help at first, you still might be able to wax, since skin sometimes becomes less sensitive after multiple waxing sessions.
  • If bumps persist after proper preparation and treatment, you may have ingrown hairs or a bacterial infection. Consult a doctor.

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