Am I a good candidate for waxing?

Contraindication

(/con·tra·in·di·ca·tion/ (-in″dĭ-ka´shun)

 

Any condition which renders a particular line of treatment improper or undesirable.

 

It is highly advisable to read the contraindications to see if you are a good candidate for waxing.

 

Waxing is a clinical procedure and if you are taking any medications or have any symptoms listed below, then you would NOT be a good candidate.

 

The provided information below will help you make an informed decision if you will be a good candidate for waxing. 

Warning:

 

It is important that your esthetician know any medications that you are taking and/or any skin products that you are using. This can ensure a safe and successful waxing experience. If you are taking or have taken any of these medications within the past three months PLEASE inform your esthetician prior to scheduling an appointment. There are circumstances where you can do a patch test and see how your skin reacts.

 

Do You Take Any of The Medications Listed Below?

 

  • Accutane (Acne medication) No waxing for 1 yr after last dose

  • Adapalene (Acne medication) No waxing for 1 yr after last dose

  • Alustra (Retin A) Antibiotics Avage (Tazorac – Acne medication)

  • Avage

  • Avita (type of Retin A) Clindamycin Differin (Acne medication)

  • Defferin

  • Doxycycline Erythromycin Isotretinoin (like Accutane)

  • Isotretenoin

  • Nadifloxicine Metronidazole Minocycline

  • Renova (Retin A)

  • Retin A

  • Tazarac (Acne medication)

  • Tazarotene (like Tazorac)

  • Tetracycline

  • Tretinoin (like Retin A)

 

Caution:

 

If you are currently using any of the following, please inform your technician. These products can make the skin more sensitive. Thin, sensitive skin is more vulnerable to lifting and sensitivity during waxing. Permanent scarring can result if you are taking such medication and do not inform your esthetician.

 

  • Other Acne medications not listed above

  • Bleaching agents for hair (used mostly for upper lip)

  • Bleaching agents for pigmentation of skin (Hydraquinone, Trilumena)

  • Previous chemical depilatories such as Nair

  • Benzoyl Peroxide (ProActive)

  • Alpha Hydroxy Acids (Glycolic, Lactic)

  • Oral Antibiotics (You must wait 2 to 3 weeks after you last dose) 

  • Topical Antibiotics (You must wait 2 to 3 weeks after your last dose) 

  • Retinol

  • Salicylic Acid

  • Other exfoliants (microdermabrasion/dermaplaning/chemical peels)

 

Precautions & Considerations:   Please read these valuable guidelines.

 

  • Sunburned, irritated or areas with open skin cannot be waxed

  • Moles cannot be waxed 

  • You must wait a minimum of seven (7) days before waxing after a light chemical or Microdermabrasion 

  • Waxing cannot be performed if you have been in a tanning booth the same day

  • Waxing cannot be performed if you have had laser skin resurfacing within the past year

  • Waxing cannot be performed if you have had a physician administered peel within the past two (2) years

  • No sun/tanning booths for 2 days following a waxing treatment

  • Extra precaution should be taken if using tanning accelerators

  • Wait 2-3 days to wax before/after tanning with accelerators

  • No hot baths up to 72 hours following a body waxing treatment

  • No abrasives up to 72 hours following a waxing treatment

  • No deodorants for 24 hours following an underarm waxing treatment

  • Women may experience extra sensitivity to waxing up to a week prior to the beginning of their menstruation

  • It is not safe to wax over eczema or psoriasis skin types

  • Waxing over these dormant areas can activate an episode resulting in scarring, lifting and painful healing times

 

There are always the sensitive skin varieties with terminal hair (deeply rooted thick hair) that react traumatically when waxed. Such reactions may include small whiteheads, blisters and perhaps welts. The skin may itch and we recommend you take Benedryl and apply Calamine lotion (always check with your doctor first if you can take these over the counter medications) until symptoms subside, normally 72 hours after a waxing,  it is very important to avoid direct sun exposure the first 3 days after being waxed to prevent blistering, scabbing, hyperpigmentation and blotchy skin.