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Waxing Contraindications & After Care

Updated: Sep 22, 2021


Unfortunately not all treatments are for everyone. Please check our contraindications list to make sure you avoid disappointment.

  • Use of skin peeling, skin thinning preparations.

  • Varicose Veins.

  • Underarms: Mastitis.

  • Skin disorders or diseases, such as bruising or recent haemorrhage, Scar tissue (recent).

  • Warts, Moles and skin tabs (area can be avoided).

  • Fractures or Sprains.

  • Bruising.

  • Diabetes - some people with diabetes have skin that is very slow to heal. The skin will be watched closely to make sure it does not over react to treatments.

  • Sensitivity test may be conducted.

  • Sunburn.

  • Use of sunbeds 24 hours prior to waxing.

  • If you are receiving cancer therapy (chemotherapy or radiation).

Other Considerations

  • Menstruation does not prevent you from waxing, however, your skin may be more sensitive. 

  • If you are pregnant, using oral contraceptives or hormone replacement your skin may be more sensitive to waxing, so it's best to have a patch test (like a small area on your arm) and see how your skin reacts for 24 hours before getting an entire eyebrow or leg wax.

  • If you smoke or have Rosacea waxing can irritate dilated capillaries (weak or broken blood vessels) which are commonly found on people with Rosacea and smokers. If the capillaries are very red, stay away from waxing in that area.

  • Stimulants such as caffeine or alcohol in your system can cause skin to be extra sensitive to waxing, meaning you could get more red or inflamed than usual. Give yourself a couple hours after drinking coffee or alcohol before getting waxed.

  • You might be affected if you use powerful exfoliators on your skin. Salicylic acid, alpha-hydroxy acid, white willow bark, white willow bark extract and enzymes all strip cells from the skin. It's all too much exfoliation combined with waxing, and could make skin red, bleed or even scab over. So stop using these products in the area getting waxed for at least three days before, and three to four days after waxing. (Depending on the strength of the product and the type of skin you have the safe wax wait time may be much longer before and after. If the alpha-hydroxy is over 8% then you may have to wait months before safely getting waxed.)



  • On the day of treatment, do not swim or soak in a bath.

  • Do not sunbathe or use a sun-bed.

  • Do not use oils or moisturisers on the areas to be treated.

  • Do not exercise vigorously.

  • Clean or disposable underwear should be worn for bikini waxing.

  • Hairs need to be a least ¼" long.

  • Previously bleached hair tends, when waxed tend to break off at skin level.


  • Have only lukewarm showers and baths, preferably not until 8 hours after the treatment.

  • Gentle exfoliation 2-3 days after the treatment.

For the next 24 hours or until the redness has subsided:

  • Do not use highly fragranced products.

  • Refrain from applying anti-perspirant deodorant or perfumed products to the area.

  • Avoid applying make-up over the area.

  • Avoid saunas, spa pools and swimming pools.

  • Avoid sunbathing or having a sunbed treatment.

  • Do not apply fake tanning products to the area.

  • Avoid sports activities, eg, jogging aerobics, etc.

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