What are waxing bumps?
Waxing bumps are tiny raised spots that can appear on the skin after a waxing treatment. In most cases these bumps subside rapidly as the skin recovers from the mild trauma caused to the skin from pulling hairs out at the root.
People with sensitive skin are more susceptible to short-term waxing bumps and may find that raised white spots the size of pinpricks appear as the hair follicles swell and fill with liquid. This is an inflammatory reaction that occurs following stress on the skin, known as folliculitis.
Reducing the occurrence of waxing bumps is simple if you follow these easy tips:
- Immediately after your wax, wear cotton underwear instead of synthetic panties to allow your skin to breathe. Tight clothes can chafe freshly-waxed skin, causing irritation, bumps and redness so choose something loose.
- Try applying a cold pack to the skin to instantly reduce inflammation and speed up the skin’s natural recovery process.
- Itchy bumps can get worse if you go swimming, take a sauna or sit in a jacuzzi on the day of your wax. Allow your skin at least a couple of days to recover from your treatment before taking a dip in the pool to prevent this from happening.
- As your hair begins to reappear, you may find that your skin feels bumpy again — this can be a sign of ingrown hairs that have doubled back on themselves under the skin instead of growing up and out. This tends to occur around areas of coarse/curly growth, such as the bikini line, where hairs are more likely to curl back into the skin. Regular exfoliation with a gentle scrub or body brushing while you’re in the shower will reduce ingrown hairs and coax out any trapped growth.