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How To Get Rid Of Bumps After Waxing

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How To Get Rid Of Bumps After Waxing September 19, 2017

Isn’t it an ordeal to deal with the pain of waxing? To add to this pain, bumps and pimples show up on your skin after the waxing session. Mostly, these bumps are small and painless, but when they turn into something painfully nasty, it can be a tough situation to deal with. We bring to you DIY remedies using ingredients from your pantry to get rid of these bumps.

No matter when you develop the bumps, whether immediately or a few days after waxing your hair, it is important to not ignore them for long. You can give the bumps a day or two to subside on their own. If they don’t, make use of the remedies we have compiled for you to get rid of waxing bumps on your skin.

Let us understand why these bumps are formed in the first place before we delve into the remedies in detail.

What Causes Bumps After Waxing?

Our hair resides in hair follicles in the skin. When waxed, these hairs are pulled out with force, and this causes stress on the skin. The basic response of the body to this is inflammation of the site subjected to this stress. This swelling of the hair follicles usually goes down by itself in a day or two. At times, these follicles can get infected and develop bumps filled with a liquid. These appear as white bumps, and it may take a while for these to go away by themselves. When the bumps are formed a couple of days after the waxing, it could indicate ingrown hair.

Itchy bumps and/or red bumps can also appear a week after waxing. Whatever the case, you can use various treatments to get rid of them. Here’s how!

How To Get Rid Of Bumps After Waxing

  1. Aloe Vera
  2. Tea Tree Oil
  3. Apple Cider Vinegar
  4. Coconut Oil
  5. Witch Hazel

Home Remedies For Waxing Bumps

1. Aloe Vera For Waxing Bumps

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You Will Need

An aloe leaf

What You Have To Do

  1. Pluck a long enough leaf from the aloe plant.
  2. Slice the leaf sideways and extract the gel.
  3. Transfer it to an airtight container.
  4. Apply some of this gel on the bumps and massage it in.
  5. Leave it on overnight.

Store the remaining gel in the container in a cool place.

How Often You Should Do This

Apply this every night before going to bed.

Why This Works

This remedy can be used to treat waxing bumps on body parts like the chest and legs as well as bikini line bumps. Aloe vera soothes the inflammation and itching. It also moisturizes and hydrates the skin that can become dry and flaky after waxing (1).

[ Read: Get Rid Of Heat Bumps On Legs ]

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2. Tea Tree Oil For Waxing Bumps

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You Will Need

  • 2-3 drops tea tree oil
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix the essential oil with the olive oil.
  2. Apply this blend on the affected area and massage for a minute or two so that it is absorbed into the skin.
  3. Leave it on overnight.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this every night. Reapply during the day if possible.

Why This Works

One of the best essential oils for treating waxing bumps, tea tree oil can be a lifesaver. It prevents infections because of its antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. It also speeds up the skin’s natural healing process (2).

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3. Apple Cider Vinegar For Waxing Bumps

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You Will Need

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Water
  • Cotton ball

What You Have To Do

  1. Dilute apple cider vinegar with water in a 1:1 proportion.
  2. Apply this mixture on the affected area using the cotton ball.
  3. Let it dry naturally for about 10 minutes and then rinse it off.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this once or twice a day.

Why This Works

This is a great remedy for bumps on the face and bikini wax bumps. The astringent and antiseptic properties of ACV prove to be beneficial in this case. It balances the skin’s pH and also reduces inflammation (3).

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4. Coconut Oil For Waxing Bumps

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You Will Need

Organic coconut oil

What You Have To Do

  1. After waxing, cleanse your skin with a mild cleanser.
  2. Pat the skin dry and apply some coconut oil.
  3. Leave it on for as long as possible.

How Often You Should Do This

Reapply coconut oil every time before you bathe.

Why This Works

Coconut oil is more of a preventive measure than a remedy. It soothes the inflamed and red skin. It is also an emollient that can condition and moisturize your skin. Its antioxidant content helps to accelerate the recovery process of the skin after having gone through the tormenting waxing session (4).

[ Read: Moisturization For Oily Skin ]

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5. Witch Hazel For Waxing Bumps

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You Will Need

  • Witch hazel solution
  • Cotton ball

What You Have To Do

  1. Dip the cotton in the solution and apply on the area that has been waxed.
  2. Let it dry. There is no need to rinse this off.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this twice a day.

Why This Works

This is an excellent coolant that soothes the skin a lot. It has antiseptic, astringent, and anti-inflammatory properties (5). Use this for white bumps that are formed on the upper lip after waxing to prevent them from flaring up.

Please keep in mind to not use some of these remedies immediately after waxing as a few ingredients can sting the skin that has become sensitized after waxing. Only after having given a gap of a few hours, opt for these cures for bumps after waxing. Let us see some more tips, tricks, and other related information about waxing bumps in the next section of this article.

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Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

How Long Does It Take For Waxing Bumps To Go Away?

Usually, waxing bumps go away in a day or two. If they last longer or develop into white bumps, they can take longer to vanish and may need intervention with remedies.

Preventive Measures For Waxing Bumps

Waxing bumps can be easily prevented by using simple techniques to take care of the skin before your waxing appointment. Follow this routine:

  • Exfoliate – The skin’s surface has a layer of dead skin cells, dirt, and impurities, which can clog your pores. Use a simple sugar scrub (sugar+oil) or any scrub that you may have at home to exfoliate your skin and get rid of these components. This process will make your skin smoother and easier for the wax to pull the hair out. It also prevents the formation of bumps as the impurities and dead skin have already been taken care of. Do this a day before the appointment.
  • Cleanse – If you do not have the time to exfoliate before your appointment, use a cleanser to rinse away excess oil, dirt, and lotions or creams that you may have applied. These can clog the pores or cause irritation later.
  • Heat – If you can do neither exfoliating nor cleansing, apply some heat to the area by taking a shower with warm water and placing a hot towel on the body part you are going to wax. Do this 30 minutes before the appointment to open up your pores. The hair will be pulled out easily, causing not just less pain but also reducing the chances of irritation from the waxing.
  • Avoid products that contain AHAs, BHAs, and salicylic acid a week or two before waxing. These can make the skin thinner and irritate it even further.
  • Keep your skin moisturized. When your skin is hydrated, the waxing process will be smoother and not irritate the skin and cause bumps.
  • Use the right wax to get the best results and prevent skin issues. Consult your beautician or aesthetician to understand this better.
  • Do not wax during your periods as your skin becomes very sensitive during this phase.
  • If you shave in between your waxing appointments, then stop shaving 2-3 weeks prior to it. Your hair needs to be long enough for the wax to pull it out efficiently from the follicles.

Post Wax Care And Precautions?

Keep these in mind before fixing your appointment:

  • Some medicinal drugs may interfere with the waxing method adversely. For example, if you are following a course of Retin-A or Accutane, you should avoid waxing. These drugs induce the chances of lifting-off to great extent. You can go for waxing only after six months of the course.
  • Stay calm during the waxing. Studies have shown that panicking often contracts the hair follicles of the skin, which becomes more susceptible to damage.
  • Make sure the beautician applies an after wax lotion to reduce the pain and discomfort. Check whether the lotion contains any mineral oil. If it does, it can clog the skin pores. So, avoid it for better results.

Here are some tips that you can follow after waxing to avoid waxing bumps and other skin issues from cropping up:

  • Sometimes, bleeding may happen due to the plucking of coarse hair directly from the follicles. Try applying ice cubes on the affected area. This will surely offer a lot of comfort.
  • Apply ice even if there is no bleeding or burning sensation. It helps to close the pores.
  • Do not apply any lotion or oil at least for a couple of hours after waxing.
  • Keep your skin protected from the sun as freshly waxed skin is more prone to sunburns.
  • Avoid sauna and steam rooms for 1-2 days after waxing as your skin is really sensitive post-wax and heat can damage it easily.
  • Do not spray deodorant on the waxed skin at least for 24 hours.
  • Avoid swimming for a day or two after waxing.
  • Wash the waxed area and apply some fresh aloe vera gel to soothe your skin.
  • You can exfoliate your skin after 1-2 days once the redness and bumps have reduced. This will prevent ingrown hair.

Is It Normal To Have Red Bumps After Waxing?

Yes, it is absolutely normal! Not everyone gets bumps after waxing, but it is fairly common.

Waxing may seem like something you want to stay miles away from, but it isn’t that bad. A few minutes of pain can leave your skin smooth and hairless for weeks. No stubble and no itching that are usually seen with shaving. If you do develop bumps after waxing, give the remedies in this article a try. Also, keep in mind the pre wax and post wax tips and precautions we have mentioned.

Consult a doctor if the symptoms continue for long post waxing. They usually prescribe a cream for waxing bumps that contains stronger ingredients.

Do let us know if there is anything we missed out on by posting in the comments section below.

Here Is A Video Demonstrating Some Remedies – How To Get Rid Of Waxing Bumps

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