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 a 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. This is many times due to a topical treatment you are using on your skin or from a medication you are taking. It's called a skin abrasion. It's normal for some dead skin cells to be exfoliated during waxing. A problem only occurs when too many cells are removed leaving a wound. Soft wax will remove 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 and sensitize the skin, and as a result, 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 some retinol it.  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 technician. It's a better choice to have your brows professionally tweezed or threaded instead of waxed to avoid skin abrasion issue 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's not so pretty. It will heal quickly but that area of skin remain sensitive for a while. Avoid waxing that area for a couple months.

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