Many people make the decision to wax various areas of their body, ranging from the eyebrows and lips to the bikini area. For those who have a wax allergy, however, this easy hair removal method can be challenging. Here are some of the things that you should know about being allergic to wax.
Wax Allergies are Often Harmless
It’s important to note that in most cases, a wax allergy does not pose any serious threat. You will often not experience any serious scarring or injuries due to a wax allergy. Most people who have a wax allergy will only experience redness, welts, and little white bumps after the area has been waxed. While some of these side effects can be commonly experienced by just about anyone who waxes, they tend to last for a longer time for those who are allergic to wax.
Wax Allergy vs. Sensitive Skin
There is a lot of controversy among professionals about whether or not such a thing as a wax allergy exists. Many estheticians believe that the cause of experiencing an allergic reaction due to wax is having sensitive skin. Whether it is sensitive skin or a wax allergy that is to blame, some people are simply more prone to experiencing a negative reaction to wax than others are.
How to Prevent Reactions to Wax
If you experience allergic reactions due to wax, the best thing that you can do is avoid having any area of your body waxed. Also keep in mind that most people with wax allergies will also experience a reaction due to wax strips. That being said, there is a safe alternative for those who are allergic to wax. Hypoallergenic wax, which can be found at most salon and spas that offer waxing, will prevent people with sensitive skin from experiencing an allergic reaction. If an allergic reaction persists, there is a possibility that you may be allergic to the lotion which is applied to the skin to sooth it after it has been waxed.
Treating an Allergic Reaction to Wax
When you experience what appears to be an allergic to wax, it’s important to avoid picking at the skin. You may feel inclined to try to pop the little white bumps, as they may have an appearance that is similar to a whitehead. However, these bumps are actually blisters. Moisturizing lotions, aloe vera, lotions containing cortisone, tea tree oil, and cold water are all recommended as home remedy treatment options for reducing the swelling and redness. It is best to avoid washing the area with soap or cleanser, as you do not want to dry out the area of skin. After a few days, signs of an allergic reaction due to wax should subside.
Anyone who experiences an allergic reaction should avoid waxing any area of their body before an important event. Wax your eyebrows or any other area of the body about a week and a half before a big event. This gives your skin the time it needs to heal and will not be enough time for your hair to grow back.