Waxing by itself can be extremely painful. What makes it even worse are the little bumps which arise on the skin naturally after the waxing procedure. Although these generally clear up within a day or two, there are some home remedies and treatments that can speeden up the cure and prevent them from arsing in future. Read on for some home remedies for beautiful skin after a wax.
Is it normal to get bumps?
Absolutely! Many people develop bumps after they have finished a wax. This is because of the stress that the skin undergoes when the hair get pulled out.
What causes these bumps?
Our hair is located in the hair follicles. When the hair being waxed is pulled out with force, the skin gets stressed out and inflammation occurs as a natural response to the hair removal. The swelling generally reduces by itself. If you develop white or fluid bumps that last for more than a few days, the foliates may be infected. This can usually be treated at home with some home remedies.
Tips and simple home remedies to soothe the bumps
Use an ice pack: You can make your own ice pack by wrapping a few cubes of ice in a clean cloth. Or use a cold compress. Apply this to the affected area for up to 20 minutes.
Use comfortable clothing: After getting a wax done, make sure your clothes don’t stick to your body. Tight fabrics cause friction between the freshly waxed skin and the clothes thus causing bumps. Loose clothing allows the skin to breath too.
Don’t touch the bumps: Touching or trying to pop the bumps can lead to some infection to the bumps and worsening of the condition.
In-growth of hair: If the bumps appear even a week after waxing, this could be the result of in-grown hair. In-grown hair is that which grows inside the skin instead of coming onto the surface. In-grown hair is most likely to develop if you have curly or coarse hair.
Solutions for ingrown hair
Compress: For ingrown hair, it is best to use a warm compress. Apply it to the affected area for not more than seven minutes.
Apple cider vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is a natural antiseptic. It balances the pH level of the skin. Using apple cider vinegar after a bikini wax is apt is used in the affected areas. You may dilute apple cider vinegar in a 1:1 proportion. Apply this on the affected area with a cotton ball. Let it dry and rinse it off 10 minutes later.
Tea tree oil: Tea tree oil can also soothe recently waxed skin. It also acts as an antibacterial and speeds up the natural healing process of the skin. However since oil can clog pores, it’s advised to use tea tree oil 2-3 days after a wax on the affected area. You may dilute the tea tree oil with either olive or coconut oil and apply it once every night.
Aloe vera: If you have an aloe vera plant at home, break of one of its leaves and use the gel inside it on the affected area. Apply this in a circulation motion. You can do this 2-3 times a day.
Sugar scrub: Make your own scrub using sugar. Take half a cup of sugar and olive oil or coconut oil each and apply it to the affected area. Apply it in circular motions. Do this once or twice a week.
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