Monday, November 24, 2014

Peeled skin after waxing: Skin Abrasion

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Q. Sometimes when I have my eyebrows waxed, I get a sore strip of skin that feels like a burn. Was the wax too hot?

A. It is unlikely that the wax was too hot because the wax pot is controlled by thermostat and shouldn't get too hot.  Experienced waxing technicians keep their wax pots set at a comfortable temperature. More likely was is happening is too many skin cells are being lifted during the waxing process due to a topical treatment you are using or from a medication you are taking. It is called a skin abrasion. It is normal for some skin cells to be removed during waxing. A problem only occurs when too many cells are removed. Soft wax removes more skin cells than hard wax.

Consult with your waxing technician about skin care products you are using on your skin and any medication that you are taking. Those using Accutane, Tetracycline, Retin A, Glycolic acid, steroids, immune suppressive therapies, over the counter acne treatments, anti aging products containing salicylic acid or retinol or other skin sensitizing medications may experience skin abrasions. These medications and skin care product ingredients thin the skin and can cause an excessive amount of skin removal during waxing

Waxing should be done cautiously or not at all if you are using any of those medications and treatment products. I have had clients with sensitive skin get a slight abrasion just because they use eye cream with retinol.  Stop using your anti-aging skin care products 3 days before your waxing. Be sure to mention that you have been using them to your waxing tech. You may want to have your brows professionally tweezed or threaded instead of waxed to avoid skin abrasions all together.

If you have gotten a skin abrasion, apply an antibiotic ointment several times a day and use cold compresses. It will get a scab that is not so pretty. It will heal quickly but that area of skin will be sensitive for a while. Avoid waxing that area for a couple months.

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