Precautions for Waxing

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Precautions for waxing include performing a technique known as the patch test. Take precautions for waxing with help from an experienced waxing professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, I’m Summer Vasilas, and today I’m going to talk to you about precautions for waxing. Before we get started, there’s a few things that you need to know. First, if you’re ever unsure about an area that you’re going to wax, start off by doing a patch test – just a small area on the area that you’re going to be waxing. If your skin looks okay and feels okay after you remove the wax, then you know that you’re safe and in the clear for waxing that area. If you are using Accutane, you cannot wax at all. You have to discontinue using that medication for at least six months before you wax, and even then, after you’ve gone that six months, I would recommend doing a patch test. There are certain antibiotics that will make your skin more sensitive, so if you question, ask your doctor or your pharmacist if it’s okay to wax. Next, let’s break it into section by section. If you’re waxing your face, and you’re using any type of Vitamin A derivative such as Retin A or Retinol creams, you must discontinue using that anywhere from three to seven days. The higher the percentage of the active ingredient, the longer that you need to wait. Second, if you’ve had any Botox treatments and you’re waxing an eyebrow, you have to wait another three to seven days after that Botox treatment in order to get waxed. You don’t want to wax over or around any body piercings. If you have any varicose veins on your legs, you want to avoid waxing your legs. If you have a sunburn on the area that you’re going to be waxing, you want to avoid waxing that area. And lastly, if you have any allergies to florals or foods, you want to check your post-waxing oils to make sure that they don’t contain any of those ingredients that may affect you. I hope that these waxing precautions will help to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable wax!

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