Serenity Spa

A Facial and Waxing Studio

Serenity Spa is here to make relaxation attainable for anyone who needs it. Get pampered by a veteran Aesthetician & Waxing specialist, Tonya Atkinson. From facials to herbal body wraps, we want to relax your arms and legs, not make you pay with them! Serenity spa creates personalized treatments based on what you need. you will leave feeling rejuvenated and uplifted.  Located in Traverse City, MI. Serenity Spa is also passionate about supporting ministries such as the Swensen family. They are a missionary family, part of a church plant that focuses on the un-churched or de-churched people in North Muskegon, MI. 

Medication Contraindications for Waxing 

If you are currently using any of the following prescription medications, you cannot receive a waxing service. Discontinue use of these medications for a minimum of three (3) months prior to waxing. The exception is Accutane: You must be off this medication for a minimum of one (1) year prior to waxing.

  • Accutane (Acne medication)

  • Adapalene (Acne medication)

  • Alustra (Retin A)

  • Avage (Acne medication)

  • Avita (Retin A)

  • Azelex (Peeling agent)

  • Clindamycin

  • Differin (Acne medication)

  • Doxycycline

  • Erythromycin

  • Isotretinoin (like Accutane)

  • Madifloxicine

  • Metronidazole

  • Prednisone

  • Renova (Retin A)

  • Retin A (Acne and Anti-aging medication)

  • Tazarac (Acne medication)

  • Tazarotene (Tazorac)

  • Tetracycline

  • Tretinoin (Retin A)


Use Extreme Caution

If you are using any of the following. The following products can make your skin more sensitive. Thin, sensitive skin is more vulnerable to lifting and sensitivity during waxing.

  • Other acne medications not listed above

  • Alpha Hydroxy Acids (Glycolic, Lactic)

  • Oral Antibiotics

  • Topical Antibiotics

  • Retinol

  • Salicylic Acids

  • Any acid based products

  • Exfoliants



  • You must wait a minimum of seven (7) days before waxing after a light chemical peel or microdermabrasion

  • No waxing if you have had a laser skin resurfacing within the past year

  • No waxing if you have had a physician administered peel within the past two (2) years

  • Women may experience extra sensitivity to waxing up to a week prior to the beginning of their period

  • No waxing on sunburned skin

  • No waxing on irritated areas



  • Taking blood-thinning medications

  • Taking drugs for autoimmune disease

  • Medications for Lupus

  • Taking prednisone or steroids

  • Psoriasis, eczema, or other chronic skin diseases

  • Recent cosmetic or reconstructive surgeryRecent laser skin treatment

  • Severe varicose leg veins

  • Rosacea or very sensitive skin

  • History of cold sores or fever blisters (waxing can cause a flare-up)

  • Using hydroquinone

  • Recent surgical peel, microdermabrasion or chemical peel using glycolic, alpha hydroxy, or salicylic acid, or other acid-based products



  • You’re pregnant, taking birth control, hormone replacement, or antibiotics. Your skin may be more sensitive to waxing, best to have a patch test 24 hours before getting waxed.

  • Smokers or those with Rosacea. Waxing can irritate dilated capillaries (weak or broken blood vessels) which are common with smokers or people with Rosacea. If the capillaries are very red, stay away from waxing that area.

  • You take blood thinners, have diabetes, phlebitis or want post-cancer hair growth in the side-burn area removed. These all relate to medical conditions so first get a doctors approval before waxing. And bring in said approval on doctors letterhead.

  • The use of powerful exfoliators on your skin. Salicylic, alpha-hydroxy acid.

  • You use any product with white willow bark. White willow bark extract and enzymes all strip cells from the skin. It’s too much exfoliation combined with waxing and could make the skin red, bleed or even lift and turn scabby. 

  • You recently consumed a lot of caffeine. This stimulant in your system can cause skin to be extra sensitive to waxing. Meaning you could get more red or inflamed than usual. 

  • Drinking alcohol the day of or the night before waxing. Alcohol causes the blood to rise to the surface of the skin and can cause the skin to bruise easily.

  • Stop using the above products in the area getting waxed for at least three (3) days before, and three to four days after waxing. If the alpha-hydroxy is over 8% then you should wait months before safely waxing.



  • You currently take Accutane or have stopped taking it for less than a year.

  • You’re taking any prescription acne medication.

  • You have Lupus or Aids.

  • You’re in cancer therapy getting chemotherapy or radiation.

  • You have been in direct sunlight for a long period of time.

  • You have used a tanning bed within the last 24 hours.

  • Areas you’re using any alpha hydroxy acids over 8%.

  • Over or around body piercings.