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Avoiding Post-Wax Breakouts, Part 2

October 20, 2018
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In part one of this two-part blog, we went over some of the simplest tips we can offer on staying acne-free after a wax. Bikini waxing and Brazilian wax options may come with certain acne or skin infection risks immediately after being performed, but with the right techniques, you can avoid any issues here.

At His & Hers Waxing, we provide a full range of men’s and women’s waxing services. Here are some more specific tips on preventing acne and other skin issues after any of our waxes.


It’s recommended that you clean the skin area to be waxed before you get your wax done, so wouldn’t cleaning it again afterwards be somewhat redundant an unnecessary? In reality, it’s definitely not.

This is because of the way waxing makes skin slightly more vulnerable than it would naturally be. When hairs have just been yanked out from their follicles, this creates a change for the skin, which needs time to soothe and recover. The skin is very sensitive, particularly after this kind of treatment. Use antiseptic substances or witch hazel to help limit the risk of infection – this will in turn lower your risk of acne developing.

Tight Clothing

Clothing that’s too tight can have negative effects on the skin, particularly skin that’s still sensitive after a wax. It prevents the pores from “breathing,” trapping in sweat, dirt and other contaminants that you don’t want in your skin.

In many cases, these kinds of buildups are the primary causes of acne. When the skin is most sensitive and open after a wax, it’s even easier for them to penetrate to deeper layers and raise your acne risk. Tight clothes can also dry the skin out more easily, which also clogs up your pores and leads to acne.

No Popping

While all the tips we’ve offered here are great ways to lower your acne risk after a wax, it’s still possible you’ll see some pimples despite your efforts. If this is the case and you can’t completely control your pores, the important goal becomes limiting any acne from spreading.

The primary method here? Don’t pop your pimples! Doing this only spreads the bacteria and contaminants from the pimple to other nearby skin areas, including both those near the popped pimple and any you touch immediately after popping. Rather than popping any new pimples, apply your prescribed acne cream to them – or speak to one of our specialists about getting recommended for such a cream if you don’t have one.

Future Waxing Schedule

If acne after waxing is a regular issue for you, one good long-term tactic is regulating your waxing schedule. It may take some time to figure out how your skin responds to various time periods in between waxing – some people prefer around a month, while some go a bit longer. Whatever you decide, try to stick to a fairly regular schedule to allow your skin to adjust and get into a routine.

For more on preventing acne after a wax, or to learn about any of our waxing services, speak to the staff at His & Hers Waxing today.