So, somewhere last week, Liani asked me if I knew how to treat rashes caused by waxing. I didn't. I thought it would be a good idea to educate myself on the matter and blog about it. I mean, who of us has never had a rash after waxing, except for those who have never waxed?
There are a few things that can cause a rash after waxing. You may be allergic to the wax, and another formula may work better for you. The first time you wax, your skin isn't used to the hair being violently ripped out of it (:P), so it may protest. The more you do it, the better it'll get. It can also be caused when the excess wax isn't wiped off totally, and, mixed with dead skin cells, can clog the pores causing rashes. If you pull out the hairs in the incorrect manner, you can also cause breakouts. If you used hot wax, the 'rash' can actually be minor burns.
So, what to do about rashes?
The usual stuff, like haemorrhoid cream, aloe vera gel and tea tree oil came up. These things are wonder cures for everything it seems. :) Also, make sure all the wax is rubbed off completely. You can use baby oil to rub it off. If you have a rash, wear loose fitting, cotton clothes and undergarments if it's your bikini area. Tight fitting clothes that don't absorb sweat well, will just worsen the rash.
Chamomile tea came up too. Soak 4 teabags in boiling water and let it cool completely, then gently pat it over the skin. If you don't have chamomile, why not try Rooibos or Green tea?
Speaking of Rooibos, ever heard of Annique's Resq cream? It is really a wonder cure, and will fix anything. I've put it on burns, cuts, scratches, insect bites, rashes and other ailments. :) It really works, and is a good thing to have around the house.
Rub cold plain yoghurt gently over your skin to soothe it. You can mix some rose water or witch hazel into the yoghurt too. The rose water will help the soothing feeling (and it smells nice) while the witch hazel is a good antiseptic.
Olive oil and vitamin E oil may help you too. Massage the oil into your skin after waxing. In the case of olive oil, let it sit for a while and then wash it off with cool water.
Before you wax, you should exfoliate the area that is going to be waxed at least twice. This will help prevent ingrown hairs too. Always try a small area on your body first, before waxing large areas. If you have a reaction on the test area, don't wax the rest. Also, don't re-wax over places where you missed hair.
I hope this helped!