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)
Differin (Acne medication)
Isotretinoin (like Accutane)
Renova (Retin A)
Retin A (Acne and Anti-aging medication)
Tazarac (Acne medication)
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)
Any acid based products
THESE PRECAUTIONS AND CONSIDERATIONS SHOULD ALWAYS BE FOLLOWED
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
THESE FACTORS ARE KNOWN TO MAKE WAXING MORE PRONE TO “SKIN LIFTING”
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)
Recent surgical peel, microdermabrasion or chemical peel using glycolic, alpha hydroxy, or salicylic acid, or other acid-based products
WHEN TO BE CAUTIOUS
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.
NEVER WAX WHEN
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.
NEVER EVER WAX IRRITATED, INFLAMED, CUT, OR SUNBURNED SKIN.