Waxing is one of the most common methods that women opt to get rid of any unwanted hair from the body. The biggest reason why many choose to wax is that the hair grows back slowly.
Although it is quite popular, many also hesitate to try waxing as it does hurt a lot, and sometimes in unfortunate cases, you can also get wax burns.
Now, wax burns can be pretty painful! In severe conditions, wax burns can also leave scars on your skin. Don’t worry, we are not trying to scare you off or trying to change your mind regarding waxing.
Waxing can be done with the help of a professional or you can do it yourself as well. Usually, professionals know their work thoroughly but mishaps occur all the time, and there is a possibility that you may get wax burns. Also, many of you sometimes decide to try the at-home wax and end up with wax burns.
So, worry not because we are here to give you some tips about treating wax burns, preventing wax burns, and how best to avoid it.
If your burn area is more than you can handle, then you must go to the emergency room and get the required help.
Steps for treating wax burns at home and stop further skin damage and scarring
1. Give your skin the cooling effect with cold water
Firstly, you have to place the affected area in cold water for at least 20 minutes. Extreme cold water is also not recommended. In case you get a burn during facial wax, you need to soak a towel in cold water and place it on the affected area.
After this, you may apply only mild soap if available at that moment to clean the area. Use a clean, soft towel and gently pat the affected area dry. We strongly advise against using normal soap in this case, as it will only worsen the already damaged area.
2. Applying ice over the area
This step is only necessary if you still feel a burning sensation even after applying cold water. However, we advise you to wrap the ice cube with a piece of clothing. Direct application of ice over a fresh burn wound is a big NO!
Gently press the ice cube over the affected skin. What this does is, it helps to reduce the pain and inflammation.
3. Removing the wax attached to the skin
If you see any wax on your skin, then you can try applying petroleum jelly on that area. Let it stay for at least 10 minutes and gently attempt to remove the excess wax with a soft cloth. If you notice that your skin is getting pulled along with the wax, then we recommend you to stop trying.
Point to be noted, using oil as an alternative to petroleum jelly is not recommended. Applying oil over the wax burns can worsen the condition.
Another important point noteworthy while treating wax burns is if you see wax around blisters, then you should leave it that way. Blisters mean you need to seek medical help.
4 Apply Neosporin
Neosporin is an antibacterial product that is available in powder or ointment form. For better results, apply the ointment over the area and cover the damaged skin with clean medical gauze.
5. Use Aloe Vera or Honey for treating wax burns
The alternative of Neosporin is you can also apply pure aloe vera over the burned area.
Aloe Vera is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory properties and cooling effects. We often apply aloe vera to skin wounds as it increases the healing process.
Apart from this, aloe vera also consists of anti-bacterial benefits. So, if you have the plant or have aloe vera gel, apply it over the area after cleaning.
If you don’t have aloe vera in any form, then you also apply a small amount of honey over the affected area.
6. Taking further care of wax burns
Since you are treating wax burns at home, you have to be patient and regularly clean and change the gauge at least twice a day.
Keep treating the wax burns for at least 3 to 4 days until you see the healing progress.
The don’ts of post-treatment of wax burns
There are certain mistakes that most people make when the wound starts to heal.
- When you pat the wound dry with a towel, avoid rubbing it. Let it dry naturally.
- When your wax burn wound heals gradually, damaged skin becomes dry and starts to peel off. At this phase, the area feels itchy, and you can’t seem to control scratching it. Now, you may feel relief on scratching the area but it is only disrupting the healing process.
- Keep the burn area away from the sun. Exposing the injured area to the sun also disrupts the recovery stage. So, only if it is an emergency, you should step out in the sun and always apply sunscreen of SPF 30.
How long does it take to recover from wax burns?
Wax burns (first and second-degree) tend to heal in 3 weeks if proper care is taken. Regarding the wax burn scars, with time they do fade away. You can also try applying ointments that contain hydroquinone for this purpose. But we recommend you try consulting with your doctor as hydroquinone can irritate the area if you have sensitive skin.
Be prepared –There will always be a slight wax burn scar that won’t go away. Take it as a reminder to stay alert for the next time you go for waxing.
When you should be alarmed about wax burns?
If you notice that your wound is taking too long i.e. more than three to four weeks to heal or see pus-forming or any signs of infection, you must immediately see your doctor.
Waxing is hurtful enough and dealing with burns? Treating wax burns are indeed scary and you become prone to infections and lifelong scars. It’s just too much!
The thing is not everyone gets wax burns, it is simply due to human error. So, how to avoid wax burns?
Most commonly, some people microwave the wax while preparing it for hair removal. The minus point of microwaving is that the heat distribution may remain unequal which mostly causes the burns.
So, if you hesitate to go for waxing, then you can try other hair removal techniques as well.