If you have a reaction after a wax its your body’s natural response. We call it Fight or Flight at Esthetic Haus. Each hair is attached to living tissue within the hair follicle beneath the skins surface. When you remove hair the tissue within the follicle is traumatized when the hair is pulled out. Your body views this as an assault. In response, your body’s immune system kicks in and you start producing histamine. Histamine is produced within the cells at the site of the trauma. Your skin will turn red due the histamine causing the small blood vessels to dilate.
Mother nature is so cool because after histamines are produced, cortisol a natural compound that stops the action of histamines occurs. Cortisol is produced by the adrenal glands, which are activated by stress. If your body perceives that pulling out the hair is stressful, it will first produce histamines within the cells of the affected area, and then produce cortisol in the adrenal glands to counteract it. The cortisol production lags behind the histamine production since the body wants to give the histamines a chance to do their job before they are sent away by the cortisol.
How much histamine you produce, how much cortisol you produce, and how quickly you produce the cortisol all work together to determine how long your skin will stay red after waxing.
IT IS NOT UNUSUAL FOR CLIENTS TO HAVE A REACTION AFTER GETTING WAXED.
Common reactions are:
- Inflammation/Irritation – this is usually short term. You can stay pink for a couple of hours to a few days.
- Folliculitis – refers to a pimple-like rash involving the hair follicles. Each bump has a small fluid-filled head at the skins surface. In most cases, folliculitis represents a minor infection of the hair follicles that have been left open to bacteria on the skin surface due to pulling out the hair. In some people, there is no infection of the hair follicles and folliculitis develops due to the irritation alone. Friction caused by wearing tighten clothes can contribute to the development of folliculitis after body or bikini waxing.
- Pseudofolliculitis – bumps that develop a week or more after waxing, aka ingrowns. Ingrown hair occurs when the removed hair regrows and curls back into the skin. People with coarse and curly hair are affected the most. The bumps are often tender, inflamed and pimple-like. Ingrowns develop mostly on the genitalia or chest rather than the brow and upper lip.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP THE REACTION.
- Hydrocortisone Cream (Cortaid)
- Benadryl Cream
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Pure Aloe
- Alternate between a Cool Compress / Warm Compress