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How to Prevent Breakouts After Hair Removal

Ensure a smooth hair removal process, literally and figuratively, with the tips below.

With temperatures heating up and summer on the horizon, a lot of us have hair removal methods on the brain. Whether you’re a fan of waxing, shaving, or threading, there’s always a chance of post-fuzz-removal breakouts if you don’t take the proper steps before and after your appointment or at-home session.

Ahead, we detail how to avoid flare-ups, unwanted bumps, and inflammation on super smooth skin.

Before

First things first, you’ll want to prepare the surface as much as possible. This means exfoliating from head-to-toe (or wherever you’re removing hair) and cleansing.

Exfoliate one to two days before hair removal (you don’t want to do it right before the appointment because it makes skin more sensitive) to unclog your pores and make the hair removal process more seamless. This step allows for hair follicles to be pulled from the root with less strain on your skin. You can use a face or body scrub, chemical exfoliant, or exfoliating mitts all over your body to ensure the best exfoliation possible. Cleansing with a gentle formula can be done right before and will prevent bacteria from getting pushed into pores during the process.

Once at your appointment, ask your hair removal specialist if all tools are clean, sterilized, or brand new. The last thing you want entering your pores is bacteria. And if you’re doing it at home, make sure your hands and tools are also sterilized.

After

Once you’re done with the hair removal process, you’ll want to cleanse your skin. This is important for removing any residue and bacteria.

Take the cleansing process one step further by applying an astringent like witch hazel to help calm and prevent any redness and inflammation that you may be seeing at this point. An antiseptic and anti-inflammatory ingredient like tea tree oil could also be beneficial. Try the Klavuu Green Pearlsation Tea Tree Care Body Spray. Whatever you do, do not apply any oils or heavy creams immediately after waxing as these can clog your pores.

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Another way to prevent breakouts, bumps, and irritation is with a hydrocortisone cream. Applying a thin layer of a hydrocortisone cream will prevent any of that post-hair removal itching and can help stop bumps from forming.

Avoid a sweaty workout immediately following since pores will be more open to sweat, bacteria, and oil that can all cause pimples.

In the days following hair removal, exfoliate the area again with a gentle chemical exfoliant (like the Mario Badescu A.H.A Botanical Body Soap) or physical scrub (like the Klairs Youthful Glow Sugar Mask) to prevent ingrown hairs and clogged pores.

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