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How to treat eyebrow wax burns

Updated April 17, 2017

Waxing is a technique regularly used to groom the eyebrows. Heated wax is applied to the undesired eyebrow hairs. Once the wax has bonded with the hairs, it is then quickly pulled off (usually with a small piece of muslin cloth), taking the unwanted hairs with it. Since hot wax is generally used in the waxing process, minor burns or irritation can sometimes occur. If you have eyebrow wax burns, there are various steps you can take to treat the affected skin. However, if the burnt skin is broken or blistered seek medical attention.

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  1. Place a cold compress on the affected area. Soak a washcloth in cold water or wrap an icepack in a soft towel. This will cool the area, helping to lessen the impact of the burn. It will also reduce swelling and alleviate pain. Do not apply ice directly to burnt skin. This can irritate it.

  2. Spread aloe vera gel on the eyebrow wax burn. Aloe vera gel is a natural treatment, regularly used to soothe burnt skin. For an added cooling effect, refrigerate the aloe vera gel before applying it. Choose natural aloe vera gel that is free of added dyes or fragrances.

  3. Use antibiotic ointment on the area. This will prevent infection. However, if skin is broken or blistered, seek medical attention.

  4. Take acetaminophen, aspirin or ibuprofen to relieve pain and swelling. You can find these over-the-counter medications at your local drug store.

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Things You'll Need

  • Cold compress
  • Aloe vera gel
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Acetaminophen
  • Aspirin
  • Ibuprofen

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