Waxing Contraindications

Avoiding Skin Irritation

Waxing

Is It For You?

It would be wonderful if waxing was good for everyone, but it is not.  Some people develop skin irritation for one reason or another. It maybe because of certain medications or simple skin sensitivity. Below are some of the medical conditions and situations when one should avoid getting a wax treatment. If you are uncertain, please check with your medical provider. We ask that you complete our intake sheet and be open regarding any medication or medical situation which might cause a problem.

 

Waxing Contraindications (When you “CANNOT” get waxed by us)

To ensure a successful waxing experience, please read and follow these instructions regarding waxing contraindications.

WARNING: Waxing is NEVER done on clients taking Accutane and is NOT recommended for clients taking Retin A, Renova, Differin or other types of skin thinning acne medications. Please read the label carefully and consult your dermatologist if you are taking any medication or using any topical cream that contains these medications. Individuals do react differently to these medications and sometimes waxing can be done if proper patch testing is completed.

  • Accutane (Acne medication) – You must be off this medication treatment course a minimum of one (1) year prior to waxing.
  • Adapalene (Acne medication)
  • Alustra (Retin A)
  • Avage (See Tazorac – Acne medication)
  • Avita (See Retin A)
  • Differin (Acne medication)
  • Isotretinoin (See Accutane)
  • Renova (See Retin A)
  • Retin A (Acne and Anti-aging medication)
  • Tazarac (Acne medication)
  • Tazarotene (See Tazorac)
  • Tretinoin (See Retin A)

 

CAUTION: If you are currently using any of the following, please inform your technician. These products can make the skin more sensitive. Thin, sensitive skin is more vulnerable to lifting and sensitivity during waxing.

  • Other Acne medications not listed above
  • Bleaching agents for hair (used mostly for upper lip)
  • Bleaching agents for pigmentation of skin (Hydraquinone, Trilumena)
  • Previous chemical depilatories such as Nair
  • Benzoyl Peroxide (ProActive)
  • Alpha Hydroxy Acids (Glycolic, Lactic)
  • Topical Antibiotics
  • Retinol
  • Salicylic Acid
  • Oral Antibiotics
  • Other exfoliants

PRECAUTIONS & CONSIDERATIONS: Please read these valuable guidelines.

  • Sunburned, irritated or areas with open skin cannot be waxed.
  • Moles cannot be waxed.
  • You must wait a minimum of seven (7) days before waxing after a light chemical peel or Microdermabrasion.
  • Waxing cannot be performed if you have been in a tanning booth the same day.
  • Waxing cannot be performed if you have had laser skin resurfacing within the past year.
  • Waxing cannot be performed if you have had a physician administered peel within the past two (2) years.
  • If irritation should occur, recommend you use an antibiotic ointment such as Neosporin to keep the area continually moist to avoid infection and scabbing.
  • No sun/tanning booths for 2 days following a waxing treatment. Extra precaution should be taken if using tanning accelerators. Wait 2-3 days to wax before/after tanning with accelerators.
  • No hot baths for 24 hours following a body waxing treatment.
  • No abrasives for 24 hours following a waxing treatment.
  • No deodorants for 24 hours following an underarm waxing treatment.
  • Women may experience extra sensitivity to waxing up to a week prior to the beginning of their menses.