We love to have a smooth, velvety skin with no sight of hair on legs, groin and pubic area, underarms and upper lip. Beauty requires sacrifices and while we heroically endure through the whole painful waxing procedure, we may have the misfortune to see our freshly pure skin ruined by some unaesthetic red bumps and pimple. Oh, no!
Although this is something that happens often and it’s just a common reaction to waxing, it may trigger emotional reaction especially if it’s in a visible area, such as our face. After-waxing bumps have all shapes and sizes: tiny red dots or large swollen red bumps, little whiteheads or large white pimples.
The good news is that they can be prevented, so if you know how to apply on your skin and what to do, you will be able to enjoy a beautiful skin next time when you’re waxing again.
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Signs and Symptoms
You’ve just waxed (whether your legs, inner thighs, pubic area, armpits, upper lip) and in a couple of days you spot small red bumps and white pimples exactly in those areas.
They can be caused by:
Irritation – when the skin gets irritated from pulling the wax from it
Ingrown hair – when the hair was pulled incorrectly or it was only cut and begins to grow under the skin.
Infection of the hair follicle – when bacteria or fungi get into the hair follicle and infect it.
Red Bumps After Waxing
These red bumps are the swollen pores where the hair has been removed from and it’s normal to be sore, irritated and a little inflamed after waxing. They normally last no more than 1-3 days.
White Pimples After Waxing
When those red bumps become bigger, painful, very inflamed and white, they are called white bumps or pimples. If you look closely enough, you’ll see that these bumps have all formed around a hair follicle and have a white cap. This is called folliculitis, an infection of the hair follicle. The white spot on top of it shows that bacteria has been trapped inside the pore and it has infected the empty hair follicle.
Bumps after Brazilian Waxing
The famous and increasingly popular Brazilian waxing leaves your pubic area soft and smooth, yet it comes with side-effects. Pain, irritation, ingrown hair, bleeding, red and white bumps may follow.
If red bumps are not treated efficiently right before waxing, they may get infected and develop into unwanted white bumps.
Especially if you have been shaving in between (or before) waxing, you are more prone to get whiteheads. Small and big white pimples grow. You will need to use antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and calming natural remedies and a few rules to follow before and after waxing.
How to Prevent Bumps and Pimples after Waxing
The key is Clean Environment & Tools Whether you’re undergo waxing at home or at a beauty salon, make sure that a few steps are taken to ensure hygiene:
- The place is clean and sanitized.
- The bed or chair you’re sitting on has disposable sheets.
- The instruments used are clean, sterilized or disposable.
- The wax is disposable and it hasn’t been used on others before you.
- The esthetician uses multiple spatulas during the waxing process.
- Protective gloves are used during waxing.
- Learn to wax correctly, as incorrect waxing triggers irritation and breakouts.
- If you get red bumps and pimples each time after you go to that salon, it’s time to make a change. Look for another, better, cleaner, hygienic, skilled beautician.
How to Treat Red Bumps and Pimples Naturally
Most bumps, irritation, pimples will go by themselves after a couple of days, even if you don’t do anything about them. However, if the skin is infected (rare cases) you may need to apply topically a natural antifungal.
The good news is that all the waxing problems can be solved with natural home remedies. We brought you the best natural home remedies for red bumps and pimples after waxing.
Home Remedies to Treat Red Bumps and Pimples from Waxing
- Witch Hazel:
Also called Hamamelis, is a medicinal astringent hydrosol used for centuries for its skin soothing benefits on sores, bruises, swelling, after-shaving irritations, ingrown hair, acne, pimples, rashes, psoriasis, eczema, allergies, scalp problems, dry and oily skin, itching, etc. It has anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, moisturizing, and healing properties.
1. Spray witch hazel on the affected areas
2. Leave it on the skin, without wiping it off or rinsing it.
- Coconut oil:
Coconut oil is a natural antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory. It also soothes burns, irritations, and sensitive skin. That is why, applying pure, cold pressed coconut oil on your waxed skin will soothe you, reduce irritation and the burning sensation, and will even prevent bumps and pimples. It has a sweet aroma and a cooling effect on your skin.
- Colloidal silver:
Silver has been used since antiquity as a natural antibiotic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antifungal, antiviral. Now it’s used as nanoparticles suspended in solution and it’s called colloidal silver. The microscopic particles can penetrate the skin more easily. Colloidal silver promotes new skin growth, kills germs, works as an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic on wounds, acne, and pimples.
You can use it on skin before waxing and right after waxing to prevent inflammation of the skin, irritation, infection, as well as bumps and pimples.
You can also use it if you already got red bumps, pimples, and irritated skin, kill bacteria and clear up the infection, reduce bumps and pimples, reduce inflammation and soothe irritation, and rejuvenate skin.
It is available as:
sprays and you can just puff it on your skin
solution and you can soak a cotton pad in it and gently dab it on your skin
cream, you can apply it on your skin
- Aloe Vera:
Aloe vera is known for its healing, soothing, cooling, regenerating, and antiseptic properties. It reduces the inflammation and irritation, prevents and treats infection, moisturizes and rejuvenates the skin.
If you have an Aloe vera plant in a pot at home, you can use fresh aloe vera gel from it, right after you waxed, or on your already affected area, on red bumps, pimples, and your inflamed skin.
1. Cut a leaf from the base of the aloe plant
2. Extract the fresh gel from the leaf
3. Apply the aloe gel on the affected areas of your skin and let it sit for a few minutes
4. Rinse with lukewarm water
5. Gently pat dry with a cotton towel
- Apple Cider Vinegar:
Apple cider vinegar has antimicrobial, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, soothing, calming properties on skin. You can apply it diluted with water, in the ratio 1:3.
1. Apply apple cider vinegar with cotton balls on the affected areas.
2. Leave it on, without washing it off with water.
- Lemon Juice:
The freshly squeezed lemon juice has antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal properties.
1. Squeeze the juice of one small lemon
2. Use it as it is or dilute it with water.
3. Apply it on the affected skin.
4. Rinse with lukewarm water.
Raw, organically grown honey has emollient, moisturizing, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, regenerating properties. Honey has been long used for its medicinal and cosmetic benefits.
1. Mix honey with sandalwood powder and coconut oil to make a paste.
2. Apply it on your skin, gently.
3. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes.
4. Rinse with lukewarm water.
5. Pat dry with a cotton towel.
The lactic acid (alpha-hydroxy acid) is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that helps reduce acne breakouts, gently exfoliates the skin, reduces redness, regenerate skin and heal acne scars.
1. Apply sour milk, yogurt, or skim milk on your skin after waxing.
2. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes.
3. Rinse with lukewarm water.
4. Pat dry with a cotton towel.
- Essential Oils:
Essential oils such as tea tree, lavender, chamomile, lemon, have antiseptic, antibiotic, antimicrobial, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, soothing and healing properties.
1. Make an ointment from 10 drops of any of these essential oils or a combination of them and 50 ml carrier (non-comedogenic) oil (coconut oil, almond oil) in a dark bottle with dropper.
2. Apply gently on the bumps and pimples and the irritated areas of the skin.
- Baking Soda:
Known as sodium bicarbonate, baking soda is an alkaline, disinfectant, antifungal, antiseptic, antibacterial, skin softener and soothing substance.
1. Dissolve 1 tablespoon of baking soda in 1 cup of water.
2. Apply on the waxed skin with a cotton ball.
3. Let it dry, then rinse it with lukewarm water.
- Green Tea:
Green tea is a powerful antioxidant and skin regenerator. Also, white tea or black tea can be used on the waxed skin, to soothe inflammation and prevent bumps and pimples.
1. Make an infusion of green tea.
2. Apply it on the skin with a cotton ball.
3. There is no need to rinse it off the skin.
Before-Waxing Preventive Skin Care Tips
- Clean and disinfect the areas that are about to get waxed, in order to wipe up the potential harmful microbes from your skin, so they won’t get into the follicles after the hair has been pulled out.
- Let your hair grow long enough so it can get pulled out. If it’s too short, the wax will only break it and then, it will make it grow under the skin, causing pimples.
- Exfoliate your skin 1-2 days before waxing, to remove the top layer of dead skin and let the hair free.
- Use a loofah to rub your skin in the shower
- Make a natural homemade body scrub (brown sugar + coconut oil + Lavender/Lemon/Chamomile essential oil or baking soda + olive oil + Lavender essential oil) – and gently scrub your skin in the shower. Rinse well with water.
- Never exfoliate and wax in the same day. The skin becomes sensitive to heat and chemicals, as the top layers of the skin are removed during exfoliation, and the new skin has not yet formed.
- Avoid waxing around menstruation, as your skin is more sensitive during that time.
Drugs like Retin-A or Accutane interfere with wax, so you should avoid waxing during medication and 6 months after that. Simply use another method to get rid of your unwanted hair, such as shaving.
- Be calm and relaxed before and during waxing. Fear, anxiety, and panic make your body (including muscles, skin, hair follicles) contract and this could result in a skin and emotional traumatization. Try yoga and meditation before waxing.
- Make sure your beautician doesn’t use chemical substances that can irritate your skin during and after waxing. Reject the use of mineral oil which is irritant, allergenic and comedogenic (clogs pores and causes pimples).
- Don’t shower and don’t take a bath before waxing. The warm water opens up your pores and softens the skin, making it more sensitive and prone to irritation.
After-Waxing Skin Care Tips
- Wash the skin with lukewarm water and a natural soap, with glycerin, cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil, and herbs.
- Check your waxed areas (where you can see) and if you spot ingrown hairs, release them from under the skin with a pair of sterilized tweezers or a needle. Don’t pull them out, so you don’t cause an infection.
- Apply a natural astringent and anti-inflammatory remedy on your skin, right after waxing.
- Use a natural antiseptic right after waxing
- Apply a natural solution that cools down the irritation and inflammation (such as witch hazel).
- Gently apply a natural, moisturizing lotion or cream on your affected skin. Try a natural butter (shea, cocoa, coconut) or oil (avoid mineral oils, as they clog up the pores).
- Put a handful of ice cubes into a plastic bag (sealed or zipped) then wrap it in a towel and put in on the waxed area. The ice cubes will reduce the inflammation, redness, and discomfort.
- Exfoliate 48 after waxing to prevent ingrown hair and clogging the pores with dead cells. Continue to exfoliate 2-3 times a week.
Bring a clean pair of large knickers to wear after Brazilian waxing, so you don’t infect your pores.
- Don’t scrub and don’t rub the newly waxed skin.
- Avoid harsh soaps and cleansers, with many irritant and allergenic potential.
- If you waxed your legs try not to wear pants and pantyhose, only skirts. If you had a Brazilian waxing, avoid wearing panties immediately after that, or wear loose cotton pants. Avoid tight, synthetic fibers rubbing against your newly waxed skin.
- Avoid scented lotions, deodorants, and perfumes on your waxed skin for at least 48 hours.
- Don’t go to public water areas (pools, saunas, spas) 48 hours after waxing to prevent infections.
- Don’t swim in the sea after waxing. The salted water will irritate the skin.
- Don’t apply makeup after a facial, upper lip wax for 48 hours.
- Don’t bathe for 3 days, only shower with lukewarm, not hot water.
- Don’t expose your waxed skin to the sun in the first 24-48 hours. Your skin is very sensitive.
- Avoid touching the newly waxed skin, even if it’s tempting to feel the smooth skin, to prevent infection.
- If you have irritated areas and red bumps on your skin already, avoid touching them with your fingers, so you won’t transfer bacteria from one place to another and cause even more pimples.
- Don’t do any hard training or exercising that will make you sweat that day, as the salty sweat irritates the sensitive, waxed skin.
- Don’t break the pimples, as this can spread the microbes.
- Don’t wear the same bikinis or panties after Brazilian waxing.
- Avoid sweat and friction in the groin area after Brazilian waxing.
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