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What Is Waxing: At Home Treatments To Try

Medically reviewed by Martha Juco, MD · Aesthetics

Written by Hello Doctor Medical Panel · Updated Oct 10, 2022

    What Is Waxing: At Home Treatments To Try

    What is waxing? There’s nothing wrong with having a little hair, especially if you were born with it! But should you want to remove it, for whatever reason, do it safely. While you could use a razor, waxing is your best bet if you want the results to last for weeks. 

    However, keep in mind: Waxing, plucking, or shaving may cause inflammation of the hair follicle, skin darkening, or ingrown hair. Laser hair removal is a more permanent solution for unwanted hair and might even be more economical in the long run.

    What is waxing?: Things to prep

    If you’re considering doing a DIY waxing at home or heading to the waxing salon, your hair must be at least a quarter inch long to be waxed. Long hair can make the process more difficult and painful. Trim hair to three-quarters of an inch using clean, personal grooming equipment, such as safety scissors or an electric trimmer.

    Then, exfoliate your skin gently with a light scrub a day or two before waxing. This helps to remove dead skin cells that surround the hair follicles. It also helps to loosen any ingrown hairs. Just remember to be careful because harsh scrubbing may cause skin irritation, which is bad for waxing.

    Before your session, always start with clean skin. Use a light cleanser to scrub away any dirt, sweat, oil, makeup, or any other buildup. The likelihood of developing infected bumps is increased by residue and wax won’t attach to oily skin.

    What is a great waxing tip? Dry the area completely with a clean towel before adding powder. Cornstarch is a safe substitute. Powder and cornstarch can help remove moisture if you’re sweating due to heat, humidity, or anxiety before waxing. It also protects your skin while the hair is being pulled out.

    Tips for a clean and painless wax

    1. Apply a small patch to your outer wrist to test the wax’s temperature. The wax should be warm but bearable.
    2. Apply wax in the direction that hair grows. Apply your strip in the same direction. Avoid dipping your applicator more than once in your wax container because doing so can contaminate it with bacteria.
    3. Follow the directions specifically for your wax kind. Some waxes need time to set, while others can be pulled off immediately.
    4. Pull in the opposite way. You can use your other hand to stretch your skin a bit to make it easier.
    5. Take a deep breath in, and exhale as you pull off the wax quickly. Apply pressure to the freshly waxed skin to reduce the discomfort and sting. Apply a lidocaine cream around 30 minutes prior to waxing if you are prone to waxing pain.


  • Remove wax residue. If your waxing kit doesn’t include pre-treated wipes to help you remove any leftover wax from your skin, a little olive or jojoba oil will work just as well. You can also use tweezers to remove any leftover wax and remove any stray hairs you may have missed.
  • Apply an aftercare product. After a wax, you should use something to relax the skin, but the challenge is to find one that also has antibacterial properties.
  • Exfoliate after 24 hours. Although it’s ideal to wait a day before exfoliating, regular exfoliation can help prevent ingrown hairs and keep the skin smooth between waxings. Always use your preferred aftercare product after exfoliating.
  • Reminders

    What is waxing safely mean? Avoid having any waxing done if you have any open sores or wounds. Waxing may aggravate the condition and lead to possible injury and infection. Bacteria, sweat, friction, and exposed hair follicles expose one to a lot of risk. Consult your dermatologist before having your first wax.

    Also, do not wax near the time of your monthly period as your skin may be more sensitive during this time.

    Key Takeaway

    What is waxing and is it safe? Waxing at home is generally safe if you follow the instructions on the wax that you’ll use. If you’re a waxing novice, it would be a good idea to go to the salon for your first wax. Feel free to ask the attendant about techniques and safe products. Only have your waxing done by professionals in a clean, hygienic environment. 

    To prevent infection and other complications, always consult your doctor or dermatologist regarding the best products for your skin.

    Learn more about Skincare and Cleansing here


    Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

    Medically reviewed by

    Martha Juco, MD


    Written by Hello Doctor Medical Panel · Updated Oct 10, 2022

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