Skin Reactions to Hair Removal

Skin reactions are a common side effect of hair removal.  The reason I became a sugaring practitioner is because of my sensitive skin’s reaction to wax, raised red welts later resulting in a tiny whitehead above every pore that had held a hair.  When this reaction lasts for two weeks after a service, it kind of defeats the purpose of a bikini wax, right?

Sugaring was a world of difference though, with the bumps being minimal and my skin being completely smooth within a day or two.

Reactions are possible and sometimes even probable with every kind of hair removal, including sugaring, depending on your skin’s sensitivity.  The reasons that sugaring is less abrasive to the skin are still valid, regardless of the potential side effects.  Rest assured that a breakout after a sugaring service is much smaller than a breakout after the same waxing service.  Waxing shocks the skin doubly, not just by pulling the hair out of the follicle, but also by removing the top layer of live skin cells, and it can also trigger allergies.  Sugar never attaches to the live skin, but there is still a possibility of a reaction simply because you are removing the hair from the skin.  Sugar will never cause an allergic reaction because of its all natural ingredients (unless you have a rare allergy to sugar, lemon juice, or water), never attaches to live skin, and if it does cause a skin flare up, it will last only a couple of days.

There are a few things you can do to help soothe or prevent a skin reaction to hair removal that will be most helpful with a reaction to sugaring.  Prevention is key by following three simple rules after your sugaring service – no tanning, intense workouts, or (with bikini sugars) sex for 24 hours.  Basically, avoiding sweat and friction will be important in getting the best results from your service.

Another method of prevention and care is proper maintenance.  I always recommend that my clients exfoliate the area 48 hours after their service, and continue to exfoliate two to three times a week afterwards.  This helps to prevent bumps and ingrown hairs.  Hair is very weak, and when it begins to grow back, dead cell buildup can force the hair back underneath the skin, where it of course continues to grow.  This can be even more painful than a reaction immediately following a hair removal service.

If a reaction still occurs regardless of attempts at prevention, aspirin will help relieve any redness or swelling, and products containing aloe will help to calm the skin.  A cool washcloth pressed against the irritated area will also relieve the skin and speed healing. Remember that small bumps are not a bad thing.  They are simply your body’s way of providing quick relief when the skin is surprised or shocked by sending white blood cells to aid in the healing.

And always keep in mind, your certified body sugaring practitioner is just a phone call or email away.  I’m always happy to help with any issues that may arise.

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Jessica Mock, Sugaring Specialist for Dollface by Jules

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