How to Soothe Irritation Bumps From Eyebrow Threading

by Aline Lindemann ; Updated September 28, 2017

Threading helps keep your eyebrows in shape.

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Eyebrow threading removes eyebrow hairs, one at a time, with a thin thread that wraps around the base of the hair and pulls it out. The procedure originated in India and has become popular in the United States in recent years. Threading can result in small red bumps where hair was removed. Usually this is mild and disappears in just a few hours. If you have more sensitive skin, the irritation can last longer and require treatment to soothe the discomfort and redness.

Soak the tip of a cotton swab in witch hazel and gently wipe it over the affected area. This will clean your pores. Do not do this too vigorously -- you don't want cause further irritation.

Apply a small amount of aloe -- a drop approximately the size of a grain of rice -- to the irritated area. Use pure aloe instead of a lotion or gel that contains aloe. Perfumed lotions and ointments may clog pores and further irritate the area. Repeat this as needed for ongoing relief.

Apply a small amount of antibiotic ointment to any infected-looking areas. Bumps that are inflamed or oozing may be infected. If the skin does not improve or gets worse within 24 hours, contact a dermatologist for medical guidance.


  • To prevent skin irritation, clean your eyebrows before they're threaded. Do not use oily or perfumed ointments or lotions, which may contribute to redness, pimples and infected pores.

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Aline Lindemann is a health, food and travel writer. She has also worked as a social worker, preschool teacher and art educator. Lindemann holds a Master of Liberal Studies in culture, health and creative nonfiction writing from Arizona State University.