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Contraindications: Who Shouldn’t Wax

Many people want to switch from shaving or other hair removal methods (like creams or machines) to waxing because they realize that waxing is easy and provides the best results. But can everyone enjoy all the benefits that waxing has? You should know the contraindications before waxing.

Read carefully about the contraindications of waxing when you have certain skin problems.

For People with Acne

If you are the one doing the wax, then do not wax on people with acne without knowing how if they’ve been treating their acne problem.

Suppose someone has beaten a serious acne breakout or if he/she is already off medication. Besides, if they had any whitening treatment, used any bleaching agent, had any facials, or other treatments recently.

All of this can make the skin sensitive, so it’s best to wait for a few days before waxing. It’s also advised to never wax on inflamed, broken skin or lesions from acne. Even if it’s mild acne!

For People with Eczema

The first thing you should know about waxing is that waxing is possible for eczema patients, but it should not be done regularly. Using shaving foam frequently can irritate the skin, so that waxing might be the right choice. Here are some tips!

  • Don’t wax close to a flare-up. Wait until your skin feels completely soft and smooth.
  • Always go to a professional for waxing, don’t do it yourself.
  • Don’t leave the salon without applying emollient lotion.
  • If you aren't sure ask your doctor.

For People with Psoriasis

Here’re some tips for you!

  • Do not wax during a flare-up or near a flare-up. Waxing on cracked skin will hurt you a lot and rip your skin off and cause infection or injury.
  • Wait until your last flare-up is far.
  • Always apply a moisturizer after waxing.
  • Don’t apply too hot wax; always check the temperature on your wrist before applying.  The Warm Waxing Gun can off course help with the temperature.
  • Again, it is always best to get specific advice about what is safe for you from your doctor.

Skin Tags and Moles

Waxing on the skin with tags and moles can irritate. It’s best always to apply antiseptic products to protect the area from infection.

Never Wax If

  • If you have had a lot of sun exposure, the sunburned areas shouldn’t be waxed until they are completely healed.
  • If you are a patient of herpes, you shouldn’t try waxing, especially if you are having active outbreaks.
  • Don’t wax if you are going through radiation and chemotherapy. It can make your skin more sensitive. It’s recommended that you consult with your physician for a timeline on when to wax and that you wait at least 6 weeks.

Also, you should avoid waxing if you are using any of these products/medications.

  • Exfoliant
  • Salicylic acid
  • Retinol
  • Oral antibiotics
  • Topical antibiotics

The Bottom Line

Now you know the contraindications of waxing, so it’s best to take precautions to avoid hurting your skin. Always consult your physician if you have a chronic skin condition as they can guide you the best if you should do waxing or not.

 

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