Red Blotches After Waxing : Health Care Answers
How to Reduce Redness After Waxing
Waxing is an incredibly popular form of hair removal in which wax strips are applied to the skin and ripped off. Because the method is so aggressive, waxing can redden the affected areas. Though the discoloration will go away over time, there are a number of things you can do to speed up the process.
Using Household Remedies
Make a cool compress of milk, water, and ice.Combine equal parts cold milk, water, and ice in a bowl. Soak a clean cloth in the mixture, then apply to affected area for five minutes. Repeat the application three times.
- The inflammation of your skin after waxing is similar to a sunburn, and a cool compress will ease constrict the blood vessels and reduce swelling to lessen the appearance of redness.
- The protein in the milk will aid in healing and will also protect your skin.
Apply a cotton ball soaked in witch hazel.Pour approximately three tablespoons of witch hazel into a small bowl and soak either a clean cloth or cotton balls in it. Apply lightly to the area of redness as needed. The tannins and oils in witch hazel lessen inflammation and, therefore, reduce redness and discomfort.
Make a cooling cucumber mask.Cucumber has long been noted for its analgesic, or pain relief, properties, as well as antioxidant qualities, which encourage healing of red and inflamed skin. Slice a chilled cucumber and apply the slices to the red areas of your skin. Turn the slices over as they warm to your skin, in order to keep the cool side next to your skin.
- To make a cucumber mask for lasting effect, use a food processor or grater to create a paste and apply to the affected area.
- For a thicker paste, add cornstarch or aloe vera gel.
Make a calming colloidal oatmeal mask.Colloidal oatmeal, made from finely ground oatmeal, soothes inflammation and moisturizes skin. Mix a few teaspoons of 100% pure colloidal oatmeal with just enough water to create a paste. Apply to the redness and allow to dry for 10 minutes before rinsing off.
- Use this treatment up to four times per week.
- Make a bath using colloidal oatmeal if your redness is your body rather than on your face. You can purchase bath packets containing 100% colloidal oatmeal in your local pharmacy.
- Make your own colloidal oatmeal by grinding stone ground or rolled, but not instant, oats in a food mill or food processor.
Apply healing apple cider vinegar.Vinegar has some healing properties for mild burns, which the redness might indicate. Add one cup pure unfiltered apple cider vinegar to a spray bottle and apply to red areas after a lukewarm shower. Let the vinegar dry on your skin.
- You can also soak cotton balls in apple cider vinegar and pat gently onto the affected areas.
Apply a soothing mint and green tea mix.Mint is a natural cooling agent, and green tea contains tannic acid and theobromine which help relieve pain and heal damaged skin. Pour 1 US-quart (950 ml) of boiling water over a pot containing 5 green tea bags and 3 cups of fresh mint leaves. Cover and let the mixture steep and cool for at least one hour. Soak a cotton ball in the liquid and apply to the areas of redness.
- Black tea also contains tannins for healing, so you can substitute it for the green tea if necessary.
- You can also pour the cooled liquid directly over the burn if you wish.
Apply anti-inflammatory manuka honey.This honey from New Zealand comes from bees that feed on the manuka tree, and has been shown to have significant anti-inflammatory properties. Apply a small amount to the affected area, let it rest for a few minutes, then rinse off with warm water.
- Be sure to purchase manuka that has a UMF/OMA rating of 15 or above. Scientists in New Zealand developed this system to rate the antibacterial activity level of the honey.
- The antibacterial properties of this honey make it useful as a daily cleanser, too.
Apply a thin layer of 1% hydrocortisone.Hydrocortisone can be used without a prescription for the temporary relief of minor skin irritations. An anti-inflammatory agent, hydrocortisone also constricts blood vessels, thus reducing redness. Wash the affected area, then gently rub in a thin film on the affected areas, up to four times a day.
- Try applying a moisturizer with ceramides or the antioxidants feverfew or licorice extract before the hydrocortisone, in order to protect and soothe your skin.
- To apply hydrocortisone in spray form, shake well and hold the container 3–6 inches (7.6–15 cm) away from your skin to apply. Don’t inhale the vapors, and cover your eyes if you’re spraying near your face.
Using Essential Oils
Consider an essential oil to reduce redness and protect your skin.As steam-distilled plant extracts, essential oils are highly potent, and should be used with attention to all warnings for potential side effects and allergic reactions. Any essential oil you are working with should be diluted in a “carrier oil,” such as olive oil, to around 1–3% for use in skin care.
- Certain essential oils can be disruptive to medical conditions like pregnancy, high blood pressure, or epilepsy. Ask your doctor before using any herbal remedies.
- While many essential oils can be combined, take care not to use too many remedies at once, as the side effects and interactions may cause skin irritation or health problems.
Apply rose geranium essential oil to reduce swelling.Research has confirmed that rose geranium essential oil restricts the skin’s inflammatory responses to a significant degree. Blend 6 to 15 drops of rose geranium per ounce of “carrier oil” and apply to the affected skin in a thin layer. Repeat as needed.
Use chamomile oil to ease inflammation.Chamomile oil is absorbed into the deeper layers of the skin, which is significant for its use as an anti-inflammatory agent. Although the scientific evidence is not certain yet, anecdotal evidence supports the use of chamomile for treating mildly burned and irritated skin.
- Add a few drops of chamomile essential oil to an ounce of jojoba oil and apply a small amount to the redness on your skin.
- Make a paste of chamomile by grinding dried flowers in a clean coffee grinder or with a mortar and pestle. Add water and some whole oats until you’ve reached a paste-like consistency. Apply to the areas of redness and let rest for 15 minutes. Rinse off gently with cool water. Repeat as needed.
Add lavender oil to your skin cream.Lavender oil has antiseptic and antifungal properties, and it improves healing for minor burns and sunburns because it promotes scar tissue formation.
- A combination of lavender oil and chamomile is often used to treat eczema, another skin condition that results in inflammation and redness.
- Never ingest lavender oil, as it may cause serious health complications.
Apply soothing calendula oil.Calendula has antioxidant properties and is often used to reduce pain and swelling, as well as the overall appearance of skin. Dilute calendula oil in a “carrier oil” or mix with a few drops into a fragrance-free cream or ointment and apply to the affected area.
- Don’t confuse calendula with ornamental marigolds of the Tagetes genus, which are commonly grown in vegetable gardens.
Apply pure aloe vera.Aloe vera, a gel that comes from the aloe vera leaf, has been used for thousands of years as a topical pain-reliever and ointment. Studies show that application of pure aloe vera gel can reduce inflammation and pain of burns and minor abrasions. Apply a small amount of the gel to redness and let it absorb into your skin.
- Many after-sun lotions contain aloe vera, but be sure to choose one with close to 100% aloe vera and no alcohol products.
Choose a qualified aesthetician to perform your waxing.Make sure that the salon is clean and follows all state safety regulations. Lack of hygiene or access to high-quality skin products may lead to more irritation of your skin, as well as the potential for infection.
Purchase a hair removal wax.You can conduct your own waxing at home, if you feel confident about your ability to apply and remove the product. There are a wide variety of waxes available, usually at your local pharmacy, that offer a range of methods and tools for self-waxing regimens. Be sure to read all labels before using, so that you’re aware of any potential side effects or irritating ingredients.
Make your own waxing product.If you don’t have the time or the budget to visit the salon for a hair wax, then find a simple recipe using water, lemon juice, and sugar to make your own wax. A sugar wax is all-natural, containing no unnecessary chemical agents that might cause irritation.
Use warm water to open your pores.If you’re waxing at home, first open your pores to allow for easier hair removal. Either press a warm wet cloth to the area to be waxed, or take a warm shower.
Clean your skin with a gentle cleanser.Bacteria and dirt on your skin can lead to redness if not removed before waxing, as the procedure can temporarily open pores wider and allow those irritants access.
Pat your skin with witch hazel after waxing.Witch hazel has antiseptic properties, and so it will keep your skin clean after waxing. Additionally, witch hazel is an anti-inflammatory agent, and so it may sooth irritation and redness before it becomes a bigger problem.
QuestionCan I use vitamin E to reduce redness?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes. You can use it for treating redness/inflammation, or to treat dark circles and/or wrinkles.Thanks!
QuestionCan I clean my face with sanitizer before and after waxing my face?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerI don't think thats a good idea. Sanitizer could burn your skin.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I reduce the redness caused by wax in one day?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerCoconut oil will prevent irritation, and aloe vera will reduce itchiness and redness.Thanks!
QuestionWhat can I do if I can't access any of these materials?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTry using some of the materials instead. For example, instead of making a complex cold press, you can just wrap an ice pack in a clean cloth, and use that. You can also apply some Aloe Vera gel instead of making an Aloe Vera mask.Thanks!
QuestionIs coconut oil good for after waxing irritation?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, coconut oil helps soothe and moisturize the skin.Thanks!
QuestionWhat can I do if I waxed my armpits and they became red and irritated?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt is most likely from your deodorant. Try to avoid using deodorant until the day after you've waxed. If irritation persists in spite of this change, see a dermatologist.Thanks!
QuestionWhy do I get pimple-like bumps after waxing?Top AnswererYou may be allergic to the wax, or it wasn't sanitary. Try another type of wax.Thanks!
QuestionI just got my eyebrows waxed, and there is a red line where the wax was, which is very irritated. Putting cortisone on it makes it sting. Is that normal? What can I do to make the redness go away?ELBEE da GUINEA PIGCommunity AnswerSome people do experience irritation after waxing, especially people with sensitive skin. Cucumber juice is used to remove waxing scars at home. Mix a few drops of lemon juice with cucumber juice and apply it on the scars. Massage for 2 minutes and let it dry. Wash the skin with cold water.Thanks!
QuestionAfter waxing, if we get red bumps and pimples, when can we do waxing again for the next time?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerAs soon as they are gone and the hair has grown back. The irritation should usually be gone within a day or two, and hair can take a while to grow back after waxing. You can also use skin oils to soothe the red bumps.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I soothe pain after waxing?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerJust rub in some cool lotion, or ice on the irritated area.Thanks!
- Avoid using products with alcohol, fragrance, or excessive chemicals, which may cause further irritation and redness.
- Avoid using hot water to wash the affected area, as the heat may cause the redness to return.
- Wear cool, smooth-textured, loose-fitting clothing after waxing to reduce further irritation. Additionally, wear lightweight clothing in warmer weather in order to reduce sweating, which may cause redness to recur.
- If you menstruate, avoid scheduling your wax during your period, as your skin is naturally more sensitive at that time of the month.
- Avoid taking warm/hot baths and showers or unnecessarily exposing your skin to heat. This can increase the level of inflammation.
- Speak to your child’s pediatrician before administering any remedies to a child under 12 years old.
- Contact your doctor if redness persists or spreads because you may have an infection.
- Always read warning labels on any products, whether prescribed, over-the-counter, or natural remedies, to learn the potential side effects, drug interactions, and contraindications.
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, don’t take any unprescribed medications or herbal remedies unless specifically instructed by your doctor.
- If you’re using hydrocortisone that you obtained without a prescription and your redness does not improve within seven days, or if gets worse or if redness, swelling, or oozing of pus develops, stop use and call your doctor.
- Never ingest lavender oil, as it may cause serious health complications such as difficulty breathing, blurred vision, burning eyes, diarrhea and vomiting.
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