How to Avoid Acne After Waxing

How to Avoid Acne After Waxing


How to Avoid Acne After Waxing - Starpil Wax

Acne after waxing can be a constant struggle for some people. They may love a hair-free existence but might question whether it’s worth it or live in annoyed agony at the onset of unsightly and sometimes painful acne after waxing. Well, here's a little secret for those who experience this issue—you may not have to. In this article, we’ll discuss everything from acne medication and waxing to answering the question, “can you wax with acne?” We’ll go over proper skin care and lifestyle habits to keep skin clear and smooth while giving you some great tips on how to avoid acne after waxing.

That In-Between Wax Life

How you take care of your skin before, after, and in-between wax appointments and in general is a major factor to inhibiting acne after waxing. Your lifestyle is also a key player in post-wax acne including using the best skincare for your skin type, your diet, and stress levels. Whether skin is oily, dry, or dehydrated, all skin and lifestyle types have similar things in common when it comes to avoiding post-wax acne. They need balanced levels of water and oil chemistry, and to limit inflammation and bacteria growth. 

Dry skin lacks sebum or oil production, which is essential for retaining water moisture. Dehydrated skin lacks water moisture. Even "high-sweat areas" like the bikini line or underarms can be dehydrated due to a lack of ability to retain water moisture deep within the skin. Oily skin can begin with enlarged pores and overactive oil glands which can attract bacteria. Oily or acneic skin can also be caused by dehydration due to a lack of water moisture. Sometimes people think that their skin is oily, so they use harsh cleansers and exfoliants and skip-out on hydrating skincare because they think it will make oily skin or acne worse. The skin will overcompensate with excess oil production to keep itself lubricated. 

All three skin concerns can contribute to post-wax-acne in the following ways:

  • Dehydrated and dry skin can cause brittle hair making it more prone to breakage when waxed, leading to ingrown and bacteria growth that leads to acne. 
  • Dry, flaky skin can accumulate in pores to block follicles and create conditions for bacteria growth leading to acne. 
  • Oily skin can be caused by enlarged pores and a vicious cycle of dehydration due to improper care, making it a breeding ground for bacteria.

As far as lifestyle is concerned, high-stress levels and diet can play into skin being dry, dehydrated, or lead to excess oil production. These factors can also foster inflammation and reduce the body’s ability to fight off bacteria. If the body is doing damage control on lifestyle and diet choices, it can weaken your ability to recover from waxing without acne breakouts. Again, your goal to avoid acne after waxing is to keep skin balanced by maintaining the right levels of oil and water chemistry while reducing inflammation and staying clear of pathogens (harmful bacteria).

Can You Wax with Acne?

Inflammatory skin issues can be caused by stress, bacteria, and poor diet, among other things. It's common to experience inflammation after waxing, no matter if you use stripless hard wax or professional strip wax, so waxing on top of an inflamed skin disorder like acne isn’t in your best interest. If you are currently treating acne with medications like Accutane, Retin A, Renova, Differin, or other skin thinning acne medications—steer clear from the wax salon or your home waxing kit until you've stopped taking them. 

Skincare and Lifestyle Wax Care 

Before and after your waxing session, avoid excess sun exposure even if you're getting waxed “where the sun don't shine.” If you get a sunburn on your face, the whole body is going to be focused on healing that area and less on helping skin recover from your Brazilian wax. Use clean skincare products, stay hydrated, and moisturized. Pay attention to your diet, especially right before and after waxing. Eat foods high in antioxidants and water content. Limit foods high in sugar, white flour, or meats filled with hormones. The body focuses on defending against those “poisons'' and less on reducing inflammation and fighting off bacteria that can lead to breakouts after waxing.


Regular, gentle exfoliation is essential for the skin's health at any given time during your wax cycle. No matter your skin type, being gentle with your at-home exfoliation is key to sloughing off dead skin cells and debris without tearing at the skin or causing inflammation. For example, using exfoliants with crushed peach pits is not gentle (sorry St. Ives!). Instead, try daily dry brushing for the body, and once a week, use a sugar, salt, coffee, or crushed oat scrub. For the face, find a gentle daily exfoliant for your skin type, and once a week, use a deeper method (but not before your waxing appointment by at least five days). 

Schedule your body exfoliation so that It lands one day before your waxing session and gently dry brush over waxed body areas the day after if there is no inflammation.

Pre, During and After-Wax Care


Pre Wax Care Gel

If you're waxing with a pro, or at home, always prep the skin by cleansing first. We recommend Pre Wax Care Gel to be applied with a cotton pad. Its astringent qualities gently cleanse to rid the skin of sweat, bacteria, oil, makeup, deodorant, or anything else that can get all up in an open, freshly waxed pore.

Never double-dip back into your wax pot even when waxing at home to avoid any potential bacteria transferal.

Pros should always wear gloves, while at-home waxers should have clean hands when waxing.

You can even try an ultra-hygienic hair removal method like Starpil Roll-On Waxing which takes away the need for spatulas all together. Whether you use stripless hard wax or professional strip wax, always use the right kind of wax formula for the specific skin type and area you plan on waxing. For example, if the skin is extremely sensitive and the service is a Brazilian wax on a regular waxing client, you could melt down Starsoft Hard Wax, or Starsoft Soft Strip Wax to the correct application temperature in your professional wax warmer. We also carry a Starsoft pre and after wax care line for ultra-sensitive skin.

Your after-wax care, lifestyle, and diet should be cleansing, hydrating, and limit ingrown hairs, inflammation, and bacteria. Here is a comprehensive skincare routine for face and body for all skin types to use daily in-between waxing.

Face: Your daily skincare routine should be to avoid harsh cleansers, use clean ingredients, and be done in the morning, at night, or any time you get the face wet. After cleansing, spray the face with an all-natural hydrosol (not a toner) filled with antioxidants or pure rose water to balance the skin's pH. Follow with mineral-oil-free skincare. 


Daily, before showering in the morning (time permitted), gently dry brush skin to exfoliate, then do a quick morning body massage with sesame oil to flush and nourish the skin (always massage toward the heart). Shower using clean products. Apply a body lotion according to your skin type while the skin is still wet after showering. The trick is to lock-in moisture with your skincare products. Once a week, use a salt or sugar scrub to slough off dry skin. 


Other After-Wax Care to Consider 24 to 48-Hours After Waxing

  • Wear cotton panties ("grandma panties" are best).
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing over freshly waxed body areas.
  • Avoid sex, working out, saunas, or sunbathing.
  • Use talc-free powder or powder sprays on body parts that get “humid” or sweaty.
  • Use Ingrown Hair Serum (Hair Puller) to flush the skin and stop ingrown hairs.
  • Apply Post-Wax Intensive Care Lotion to balance the skin's pH levels and to reduce inflammation.



If you have experienced acne after waxing, what after-wax care have you tried for you? Do you find you avoid breakouts with stripless hard wax or professional strip wax? Let us know if any of this information was helpful and if so, please share! 





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