Bumps After Waxing

Posted 4 months ago by Prakhar Parihar in

Every woman likes the feel of her smooth skin after a good waxing session. However, waxing is a harsh method of hair removal and hence it is quite damaging to the skin also as the hair is rooted there. Waxing involves pulling the hair out with a jerk from the roots. This obviously puts some pressure on the skin and can cause some inflammation in the surrounding skin which appears as small red bumps. Inflammation like these caused due to small wounds and bruises on the skin generally clear up themselves in a few days although the time may vary depending on the type and severity of the inflammation. These bumps on the skin can be quite a buzzkill especially when you have gone through some considerable amount of pain to get that smooth skin. But now those pesky red bumps are spoiling the look of your smooth skin. However, you do not have to worry much more as we brought you this post which will teach you all the tips, tricks, and remedies which are going to help you prevent or treat any red bumps or issues caused by them.

Bumps After Waxing

Bumps After Waxing

As mentioned above, in waxing[1] the hair are pulled out harshly from the roots. These roots are firmly lodged into the skin in hair follicles[2]. Pulling them out forcefully also puts stress on the skin. The skin and body react to this external attack by causing some inflammation in the affected area. This type of inflammation goes down on its own in due time but in that time it can also get infected. Infected inflammation[3] gives rise to the bumps as it gets filled with fluid. It is not too dissimilar to a pimple consequently and is called folliculitis[4]. These types of bumps can last a few days but there are remedies and medicines available which can speed that up and help with the issues.

Sometimes, waxing can also give you ingrown hairs which also may appear as bumps on your skin. You can figure out if it is an ingrown hair if it appears on your skin a few days after you have had the wax. That is because ingrown hair is caused by the hair growing into the skin instead of growing outwards like normal. Ingrown hairs are also actually a type of folliculitis and can appear on the skin as small and round bumps. These look like acne a little bit and the hair which is growing inward may or may not be visible. Ingrown hair also may remedy itself if the hair manages to break out but you can also employ some solution and remedies to treat it quickly.

How to Prevent the Bumps:

Now, you do not just have to surrender and take the bumps as a given or occupational hazard. There are steps you can take before you wax your skin which will allow you to have silky smooth skin with minimal risk of those unsightly bumps forming. Other than that there are a few precautions and preventive measure which will keep any bumps to a minimum and also prevent them from getting infected so that they stay just as some inflammation and go away on its own in a couple of days. So, in this section, we will learn about a bunch of different points to keep in mind and be aware of so that you stay safe from the risk of bumps[5] forming after waxing. This will involve taking some steps before you have waxed and also staying on your toes while waxing. Anyway, let us get on with it then. First up is:


Exfoliating is important for the skin as it removes any accumulation of dead skin cells and other impurities like dirt or pollutants[6]. This is important if you want to keep your skin healthy and looking great and healthy. This is also crucial in reducing the chance of any infection or the like happening as your skin will be cleaner and hence also relatively free from harmful microbes[7]. These intruders on the skin can have a big hand in causing infection in your bumps so keeping the skin cleansed at all times is a good standard to shoot for. To exfoliate, there are numerous solutions from which you can select the most suitable one for you. You can get an exfoliating cloth and use that to exfoliate the skin regularly or you can also make DIY exfoliators using natural ingredients. There are over the counter products and cream also available which achieve this requirement. You can get a cream or product with salicylic acid[8] as a component as that is a great chemical exfoliator for the skin.

Exfoliating[9] after waxing is also important as that will keep the skin clean continuously and curb any risk of infections. The impurities can clog up the pores of the skin, which after waxing, can be a pain as the hair might get stuck and cause ingrown hair. So, exfoliate the waxed areas of your skin regularly after you have had it waxed. If you are having your hair professionally waxed, make sure the professionals there follow proper procedure and use a pre-wax cleanser on your skin as the part of the waxing routine.

However, you should avoid exfoliating your skin right before or on the day you are getting the wax. That is because it can make your skin more sensitive and hence you will experience higher pain levels, which is definitely not desirable for obvious reasons. If you for some reason have not been able to exfoliate, make sure to at least cleanse your skin before waxing. Use a gentle and mild cleanser to clean any dirt, bacteria, make-up, and other impurities off of your skin.


Hygiene is always important to prevent infections and other issues. The previous point is kind of a part of this too. What this entails is basically you have to follow good hygiene and keep your body and your environment clean. When at home, also if you wax yourself, keep your hands clean by washing them thoroughly and also give some attention to your nails, make sure there is no dirt under there. Also, use gloves even when by yourself and especially when having a wax professionally. Make sure your salon is a hygienic place and where sterilized and new tools are used. Make sure your professional wears gloves too while waxing your skin.

One more important thing to remember while waxing is to not double dip the applicator stick into the wax. Doing that can introduce bacteria and impurities which increases the risk of infection happening. Make sure your technician does follow this principle and you yourself should also follow this even if you are just waxing yourself at home. 

You can also look at the wax itself if you are prone to bumps after waxing. You can opt for tea tree-based waxes which can help you prevent bumps. That is because the tea tree oil[10] has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties which can be quite beneficial within the wax which you are using.

Post Wax Care

Follow these instructions after you have had your wax to decrease the likelihood of bumps forming significantly:

Natural Home Remedies

If you have irritation, inflammation, or similar issues due to any bumps, etc caused after waxing, you can use any of the following natural home remedies to treat the bumps and get some relief. These remedies involve natural and easy to find ingredients most of which may already be present within your home and kitchen.

  1. Aloe Vera
  2. Sugar Scrub
  3. Tea Tree Oil
  4. Witch Hazel
  5. Coconut Oil
  6. Apple Cider Vinegar
  7. Ice or Cold Compress
  8. Lemon Juice

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera[13] is practically and medicinal plant with its plethora of uses and benefits for the skin, hair and the whole body really. It is no surprise that it has skyrocketed in popularity and admiration in recent years and now it can be found in every type of cosmetic skin care product out there. However, just a plant works the best to treat skin issues and making it look and feel much better. It is very soothing and calming to the skin to curb any inflammation or irritation. Moreover, its ample water content makes it a terrific moisturizer for the skin which is helpful after a hot waxing session. Follow the upcoming steps closely to learn how to use an aloe vera plant directly to help prevent bumps:

  1. First of all, break off a fresh piece of an aloe vera leaf from your plant.
  2. After that, extract the gel from the leave but slicing it open.
  3. Now, use this gel and apply it onto your skin which has been waxed using gentle circular massaging motions. You can follow this remedy a few times in a day and you can also leave it on your skin overnight.

Aloe vera is brilliant for soothing the skin and making it much better. So, if you do not already have an Aloe vera plant in your home, go get it as soon as possible.

Sugar Scrub

This is a simple remedy to make your own effective exfoliator. This does not require many ingredients from you. Just some sugar and a nice oil for your skin like coconut or olive oil. This makes for a basic exfoliator but that does not mean it can not be effective as it is. It helps cleanse the skin well and also calm any irritation or inflammation. This remedy is great for preventing ingrown hair so definitely try this one out if you suffer from them a lot. Follow the steps given below to learn how to make and use this home remedy.

  1. First of all, Take half a cup of coconut oil or olive oil or something similar in a mixing bowl.
  2. After that, add in half a cup of sugar in there too and mix the two ingredients together well.
  3. Then, apply the mixture onto your skin by massaging it in a gentle circular scrubbing motion.
  4. Lastly, do this for a few minutes then rinse it off and you are done! You can do this every day or every other day depending upon the sensitivity of your skin.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is a fantastic medicinal and curative ingredient which has tons and tons of uses and benefits for the body and the skin especially. It is packed with beneficial and defensive properties for the skin; it is anti-bacterial, antiviral, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and more. Hence it is really effective controlling and healing inflammation and bumps on the skin. It also stimulates the skin's ability to regenerate and hence it promotes quicker healing of the skin. This is also useful in reducing the appearance of bumps and healing any marks or blemishes left behind. Heed the following instructions to learn how to use tea tree essential properly to treat bumps caused due to waxing.

  1. First of all, you will need some tea tree essential oil along with 1 tsp of some carrier oil like olive or coconut oil. Mix in 2-3 drops of tea tree essential oil in the carrier oil.
  2. Now, apply this oil blend onto the affected areas of your skin where the bumps are using gentle circular massaging motions. Doing a patch test on your arm or the like first is a good idea to test any allergies or sensitivities as tea tree oil can be quite potent.
  3. Lastly, leave the oil blend on your skin overnight and you can also use this basically whenever, all the time, etc, it will be beneficial to your skin in a variety of ways.

Witch Hazel

Witch hazel is fantastic for the skin. It acts as an astringent and has potent antiseptic properties for the skin. Moreover, it acts to calm and soothe the skin as it acts as a coolant on it and is anti-inflammatory too. Hence, it is really effective in getting rid of bumps and stuff caused after waxing. Hence, it is really effective and terrific in preventing, rashes[14], flare-ups or basically any sort of inflammation or irritation on the skin. For this remedy, you won't need much more than some witch hazel solution and cotton balls. The steps on how to perform this remedy are given below:

  1. Take some witch hazel solution and then use a cotton swab or ball to apply it onto the affected areas of your skin.
  2. That is about all you need to do for this remedy. Just leave the solution on your skin to dry, you don't need to rinse it off or anything. Do this procedure a couple of times in a day to quickly and effectively treat any red bumps or inflammation or the likes.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil[15] is very soothing and moisturizing to the skin. It helps keep the skin soft and supple by nourishing and moisturizing it well. Hence, it is great for soothing any inflammation or irritation caused on the skin after waxing. Consequently, it also promotes and stimulates the rapid regeneration of the skin to heal the skin much quicker from any bumps or irritation, etc. Follow the steps given below to use coconut oil effectively to prevent and treat the bumps on the skin cause after waxing.

  1. First of all, cleanse your skin using a mild cleanser after you are done waxing.
  2. After that, dry off the skin using a towel and patting dry with it.
  3. Lastly, apply some coconut oil to the affected parts of the skin using gentle circular massaging motions and just leave it on there. Use this remedy regularly, applying it before every time you bathe is a good idea to start. That is about it with this remedy.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider Vinegar is another one of those all-rounder and superstar ingredients for skin care and basically tons of uses in and around the household. It is great for treating the skin as it helps to balance the skin's pH levels while also helping to cleanse it. It has natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties along with astringent properties too. Hence, it can be quite effective in reducing the appearance and risk of the bumps forming after waxing. Using it for bumps treatment is quite straightforward although you do need to dilute the apple cider vinegar as it can be quite potent and harsh by itself. The instructions on how to use this ingredient for skin care after waxing are given below:

  1. First of all, take equal amounts of apple cider vinegar and water and mix them together to form a 50 percent strong solution of it.
  2. After that, use a cotton ball or swab to apply the solution onto the affected areas of your skin.
  3. Lastly, leave it on your skin until it can dry off. That will take around 10 minutes. Just rinse off after that and you are done! You can utilize this remedy up to a couple of times in a day soothe the skin from bumps etc.

Ice or Cold Compress

Some ice or chilliness on the skin goes a long way to soothing any inflammation or irritation on there. Moreover, you can use this method as much as you want or can as it is very effective and simple and just works. You can use some ice and pack it in a bag and use that as a cold compress. Alternatively, you can also utilize frozen food packets like frozen peas for this purpose. You can also use ice cubes directly to rub over the waxed areas to cool and calm them down to prevent and suppress formations of bumps. You can also do this even if you do not see any bumps as it will soothe your skin down and reduce any inflammation. Just make sure that you do not apply an ice cube directly after taking out from the fridge. Let it sit to melt just a little bit and then it will go great with the skin otherwise it will start sticking to your skin and it will be hard to slide it around on it.

Lemon Juice

You can also try applying freshly squeezed lemon juice on your bumps to dry them and shrink them off. However, only do this if your skin isn't too sensitive and there are no cuts, bruises, infections, etc on there. Vitamin C from the lemons is a great anti-oxidant and effective at protecting the skin and cleansing it. Hence, this remedy can be quite effective for some in remedying their bumps after waxing.

Tips and Tricks

In this section, we have compiled a bunch of tips and tricks which will make your experience of waxing better while also curbing the risk of any bumps, pustules, or the like occurring on your skin afterward.

We hope you have found some info of use in this post. If you still can not heal your bumps and they are staying on your skin for a long time, you should consult your doctor or dermatologist as they are much more well versed in such topics and will also be able to prescribe you stronger medications which can be more effective in treating your issues. Waxing is one of the most common methods of hair removal around and every woman who wants smooth skin has to go through it. Hence, it is important that you learn about the structures and routines surrounding it so that you can get the best and most efficient results possible.

This article has been medically reviewed by Dr.Nagakeerthana S, MD (Dermatology) on 08/06/2019 

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