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Waxing - FAQ

Does Waxing Hurt?

Depending on the area being waxed (which affects the coarseness of the hair) and your sensitivity level, pain associated with waxing is relatively mild and temporary for most clients. Painful waxing experiences typically come from improper application and removal of the waxing resulting in tugging of the hair and pulling, bruising, or lifting of the skin. Pressure is applied after removing the wax as this tricks the nerves and calms them immediately. 

Am I a Candidate for Waxing?

If you fall within any of the following categories, you would not make a good candidate for waxing (also called contraindications):

- Use of prescription strength exfoliating (or acne) products (i.e. Retin-A, Accutane, Tazorac, Differin Gel, Tretinoin, etc.). Please stop the use of topical products Retin-A at least 10 days prior to your waxing service (although it is preferred you not have used the product in at least 3 months). Accutane or other ingestible exfoliating medications require 6 months - 1 year of a break between you last dose and your waxing service. These products thin the skin and thus it is HIGHLY LIKELY you will lift skin and then scab if wax is applied and you have not informed your service provider of your medication use.


- Topical or oral antibiotic use. Mild exfoliating products (AHAs or BHAs) and Retinols can all cause the skin to thin thus making you vulnerable to lifting and sensitivity. Please disclose any use of these products to your service provider.


- Recent chemical peel or microdermabrasion of any kind. Please allow 7 days between a mild chemical peel (gycolic, lactic, etc.) has occurred or 7 days after your peeling has stopped for mid-level to deep penetrating peels (TCA, Jessner, Salicylic, etc.).


- Recent sunburn or prolonged exposure to the sun/tanning bed. Please allow for 7 days once the redness and peeling has stopped if your burn was severe enough.

- Visible skin trauma including but not limited to: burns, scabs, open wounds, infections, lesions, sores, dry or scaly and flaking skin, herpes outbreak, moles or raised skin, post surgical scarring less than 6 months old or severe acne. Please allow the skin to heal and clear before seeking a waxing service.

- Diabetics or those undergoing cancer treatment.   These two conditions often affect your body's ability to heal from any damage or trauma an thus should be avoided.

Waxing should not be performed if you have particularly sensitive skin, because it pulls off a couple of layers of skin cells along with the hair. Waxing can cause tenderness and swelling. In addition, some medications will cause the skin to react badly to waxing. Don't wax if you're takin Retin-A, Accutane or any type of acne prescription.

-Associated Skin Care Professionals