How to Get Rid of Pimples From Waxing

by R.L. Cultrona ; Updated September 28, 2017

Waxing your hair consists of spreading a warm wax substance anywhere unwanted hair grows, letting it dry, and then pulling it off. This rips the hair out by the roots. This grooming technique is usually done by women on their face, arms and pubic regions. One of the negative effects of waxing is the creation of small pimples in the waxed area. If you notice these pimples after getting waxed, you should take steps to eliminate them.

Exfoliate the area that was waxed. You can use sugar, salt, or a loofah to remove dead skin cells, which can clog pores.

Keep air flowing through the area you waxed as much as possible to keep it dry. For example, if you got your arms waxed, don't cover them up too much with clothing after the hair has come off. Wear light cotton undergarments to keep your body cool and dry.

Keep out of a hot shower or bath for at least 24 hours after getting waxed. The hot water can irritate your skin where the pores were opened by the waxing treatment. If you do need a shower, take a lukewarm or cool one to keep the skin happy.

Apply a warm compress to the area once you see the pimples start to form. This will keep the pores open and allow any bacteria to be washed out of the skin. Leave the compress on for 10 to 20 minutes.

Rub essential oils on the waxed area to hydrate and soothe your skin. A good combination is 10 drops of lavender oil mixed with a half cup of baby oil. Massage this mixture into the waxed area for a few days after the waxing.

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About the Author

R.L. Cultrona is a San Diego native and a graduate of San Diego State University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in theater, television and film with a minor in communications and political science. She began writing online instructional articles in June 2009.