Top Tips to Treat and Prevent Ingrown Hair After Wax

Our Goal is to keep your skin smooth and bump-free after waxing and prevent irritation. 

Key Takeaways

  • Avoid tight clothing and hot showers after waxing to reduce irritation and prevent ingrown hairs.
  • Use gentle exfoliation techniques and soothing natural remedies like aloe vera or tea tree oil to calm and protect the skin.
  • Consider professional help if ingrown hairs get seriously irritated or infected, and use serums specifically designed to target ingrown hairs for ongoing prevention.


Ingrown hairs occur when the hair follicle gets clogged with dead skin cells, oil, and debris, leading to a scenario where the new hair can’t break through the surface and ends up growing sideways or curling back under the skin. This can happen more frequently in areas with thicker, coarser hair, such as the bikini line or underarms, making these areas more prone to irritation and ingrown hairs after waxing. To prevent ingrown hairs, it’s crucial to adopt a proper skincare routine that includes gentle exfoliation and the use of soothing, non-comedogenic products to keep the skin clear and calm.

Ingrown hairs, those unruly strands that coil back into the skin, can turn your post-wax celebration sour. Your hair grows in the wrong direction, causing redness and irritation – not exactly the silky smooth outcome you were aiming for, right? But don’t surrender to these bumpy intruders just yet. With the right care, you can avoid complications like infections and hyperpigmentation.

Time to confront these skin challenges directly on the skin’s surface!

Immediate Steps to Take After Freshly waxed skin:

  • Loose Clothing
  • Cool Showers
  • Fragrance-free moisturizers

Following a waxing session, the last thing you need is to irritate your newly waxed skin and court the unwelcome arrival of ingrown hairs. To prevent ingrown hairs, start by avoiding tight fitting clothing and instead, embrace loose-fitting clothing. This simple act of kindness towards your skin reduces friction and helps your skin breathe, setting you on the path to smoothness.

Next on your to-do list: steer clear of hot showers or baths for a couple of days. I know, a hot shower can be tempting, but trust me, cool water is your new best friend – it helps soothe the area and keeps irritation at bay. And while we’re on the topic of prevention, let’s talk about products. It might be time to break up with your perfumed lotions and creams, at least for a while post-waxing. These can irritate your skin faster than you can say “ouch!” Instead, opt for fragrance-free moisturizers to keep the area hydrated without the drama.

For the sake of maintaining soft skin, curb any impulses to engage in DIY surgery on emerging bumps. Picking, scratching, or tweezing can introduce bacteria and worsen the issue, turning your small annoyance into a big problem. So, take a deep breath, step away from the tweezers, and let’s explore some gentler ways to handle post-wax skin care.

Natural Home Remedies for Soothing Irritated Skin

  • Aloe vera
  • Tea tree oil
  • Skim milk and apple cider vinegar

If you start to have skin irritation, your skin could really use some tender loving care. So let’s give it what it deserves -So let’s give it what it deserves—a skincare regimen that feels like a comforting embrace. 

For starters, aloe vera is like the superfood of the skincare world. It’s soothing, healing, and can be applied up to three times a day to calm your irritated skin. It’s like a gentle and natural way to heal. 

But if you’re looking for a little more oomph in your post-wax skincare routine, tea tree oil might just be your hero ingredient. When diluted with a carrier oil, it’s a powerful ally against those angry red spots. Apply it to the affected areas and watch as it helps your skin find its zen.

And while we’re dabbling in the natural remedies cabinet, don’t forget about witch hazel. This plant extract is nature’s astringent, balancing your skin’s temperament like a skilled professional.

For those of you who enjoy a good kitchen concoction, skim milk and apple cider vinegar are not just for pancakes. These household staples can also double as skin soothers, with lactic acid in milk gently exfoliating and vinegar’s antiseptic properties keeping inflammation at bay. Who knew breakfast ingredients could double as skincare superheroes?

Proper Exfoliation Techniques

  • Gently exfoliate
Cartoon of gentle exfoliation

Delving further into our skin’s needs, exfoliation emerges as an overlooked champion in preventing ingrown hairs. Think of it as a bouncer at the club of your skin, keeping out the troublemakers (aka dead skin cells) that could lead to hair growing in the wrong direction. Exfoliating before a waxing session helps clear the path for hair removal, and doing it again 24-48 hours after allows the skin to bounce back from the waxing session while keeping it free of debris that could trap new hair.

But hold up, before you go scrub-happy, remember that proper exfoliation is all about being gentle. Your skin is sensitive, especially after waxing, so treat it with care. Use a mild scrub or exfoliating cloth every other day, and focus on the waxed areas while being kind enough not to irritate the skin. And when it comes to rinsing off, warm water is your go-to. It’s like a warm embrace that washes away the unwanted, leaving your skin prepped and primed for hair to grow back without a hitch.

So whether you opt for physical scrubs with hydrating ingredients or exfoliating pads for a softer approach, the goal is the same: to loosen dead skin and give hair a clear path to grow freely. It’s a delicate dance between exfoliation and irritation, but get it right, and you’ll be well on your way to smoother days ahead.

Using Ingrown Hair Serums and Creams

  • salicylic acid
  • glycolic acid
  • Starpil’s Original Ingrown Hair Serum
  • Topicals High Roller Ingrown Hair Tonic

If you seek a more focused strategy to prevent and develop ingrown hairs, serums and creams warrant attention. These potions are like the special forces of skincare, armed with ingredients like salicylic acid and glycolic acid, ready to clear the path for your hair growth and treat ingrown hairs.

Take, for example, Starpil’s Original Ingrown Hair Serum. This little gem helps calm the skin and keeps the hair follicle clear, making it a post-waxing essential. And if your skin leans towards the sensitive side, look no further than Gillette Venus Intimate Grooming Daily Soothing Serum. Its gentle formulation with lactic acid and jojoba oil is like a soothing lullaby for your skin.

But wait, there’s more! For those of you who are prone to ingrown hairs, consider adding Tend Skin or Topicals High Roller Ingrown Hair Tonic to your arsenal. These products are crafted to exfoliate and soothe, ensuring your skin remains as smooth as the day it was waxed. Just remember to wait 24 hours after your waxing treatment before you start using these serums – your skin will thank you for the brief rest before diving into the next phase of care.

When to Seek Professional Help

Let’s face it – at times, despite our best efforts, ingrown hairs can spiral out of control. If you find yourself with seriously irritated or infected ingrown hairs, it’s time to call in the cavalry, aka a board-certified dermatologist. These skin gurus have an arsenal of tools and treatments at their disposal, from sterile surgical knives to precision-targeted medications, all designed to get those stubborn hairs out and soothe your skin.

A dermatologist’s help doesn’t just stop at treating the current issues. They can also offer guidance on long-term solutions such as laser hair removal or topical retinoids to keep those ingrown hairs at bay. Remember, when it comes to your skin’s health, there’s no shame in seeking professional help. It’s a sign that you’re taking your skin’s well-being seriously and are committed to looking and feeling your best.

Preventative Measures for Future Waxing Sessions

  • Clean and exfoliated
  • Use a professional to wax 
  • Don’t DIY wax

Having extensively discussed treatment, it’s time to shift focus to the most effective strategy: prevention. By implementing a few smart moves before and after your waxing appointments, you can dramatically reduce the risk of ingrown hairs and prevent ingrown hair, keeping your skin in top-notch condition. It all starts with proper pre-wax care: make sure your skin is clean, dry, and that the hair is the ideal length. And post-wax? Keep that skin exfoliated, moisturized, and free from tight clothing that could cause friction.

But don’t just stop there. Regular exfoliation, whether through dry brushing or using a sugar scrub, can work wonders in keeping your skin smooth and reducing irritation. And when it comes to hydration, both internal and external sources are key. Drink up and slather on that moisturizer to maintain a soft and supple canvas for your hair to grow without any detours.

Lastly, when booking your next waxing appointment, remember that a skilled esthetician at our spa is your best ally against ingrown hairs. They know the ins and outs (quite literally) of removing hair effectively and safely. So, wear loose-fitting clothing to your appointment and follow your esthetician’s post-wax advice for the best results. Consider this your roadmap to a future of smoother, bump-free skin. Avoid the pitfalls of at-home waxing and trust our professionals to give you the best care possible.

Understanding Ingrown Hairs After Waxing

Illustration of hair follicle and ingrown hair

Picture this: you’ve just had a waxing session, and instead of the hair removal resulting in flawless skin, you’re left with ingrown hairs – hairs that have decided to grow back into the skin. It’s like they’re throwing a curveball at you, and it’s not just about aesthetics. These little rebels can cause skin irritation and, in some cases, more serious issues like infections or scarring if they’re not treated properly.

But why do these ingrown hairs occur? When hair is removed, especially through waxing, it’s like a mini earthquake for your hair follicles. They can get clogged with dead skin cells, oil, and debris, leading to a scenario where the new hair can’t break through the surface and ends up growing sideways or curling back under. And if you’re thinking, “Can’t my skin just deal with it?” Well, it tries, but sometimes it needs a little help to prevent the redness, bumps, and pain that can accompany ingrown hairs after waxing.

Maintaining harmony with your skin after hair removal, especially in the bikini line area, involves understanding that these ingrown hairs are more than just an annoyance; they signal your skin’s need for extra care. Whether you’re going for a Brazilian wax, a bikini wax, or tackling another area, remember that most ingrown hairs are preventable with the right approach – and that starts with knowing how to treat them and how to tweak your hair removal routine to keep your skin happy and healthy.


To wrap things up, remember that the key to keeping those pesky ingrown hairs at bay lies in understanding their causes, taking immediate and gentle steps post-waxing, soothing irritated skin with home remedies, exfoliating effectively, and using the right serums and creams. And when in doubt, never hesitate to seek professional help. By following these golden rules, you’ll be well on your way to maintaining that silky-smooth skin after every wax. So go forth with confidence, knowing that you’re armed with the knowledge to keep your skin looking and feeling its best!

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Frequently Asked Questions

How soon after waxing should I start exfoliating to prevent ingrown hairs?

Start exfoliating the waxed area 24-48 hours after your waxing session to prevent ingrown hairs and allow your skin to recover before promoting new hair growth.

Can I use any type of moisturizer after waxing to prevent ingrown hairs?

No, you should use a fragrance-free moisturizer post-waxing to prevent ingrown hairs and avoid further irritation. Look for products that hydrate the skin without clogging pores.

What should I do if an ingrown hair becomes infected?

If you suspect an ingrown hair is infected, it’s best to see a dermatologist for proper treatment, which could involve a small cut to remove the hair or medication to clear the infection. Don’t wait.

Are there any natural remedies to soothe the skin after waxing?

Yes, natural remedies like aloe vera gel, diluted tea tree oil, witch hazel, and skim milk can help soothe irritated skin post-waxing by reducing inflammation and promoting healing.

How can I prevent ingrown hairs on my bikini line or pubic area?

To prevent ingrown hairs on your bikini line or pubic area, make sure to practice proper pre and post-wax care, wear loose-fitting clothing, exfoliate regularly. Ensure your esthetician is experienced for proper waxing technique and book your waxing at our spa. This will help keep ingrown hairs at bay and maintain smooth skin.

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