If you arrive at your eyebrow waxing or threading appointment both excited about how amazing your brows are about to look and terrified about post-waxing breakouts, this post is for you. While eyebrow maintenance is a necessity for most, the awful breakout afterward that makes you want to hide away for a week is definitely less than ideal. It’s true that waxing and threading inevitably open your pores, but you can have the best of both worlds and don’t have to sacrifice killer arches for acne-free skin. There are some key steps to take before and after your appointment that will prevent unwanted breakouts below.
• Wash your face and lightly exfoliate areas that are about to be waxed to make sure that dirt and bacteria aren’t nearby. Otherwise, the unwanted bacteria can be pressed into the skin around your eyebrows (or upper lip) and clog your pores.
• Apply baby powder to your eyebrows before your treatment. The powder will make it easier for the wax to grab your hairs while simultaneously absorbing excess oil and reducing contact irritation.
• No touching! Avoid poking and feeling your newly hair-free skin. This will only clog pores and transfer the bacteria that’s on your hands onto your face.
• Says Shelby Galvan, esthetician at one of L.A.’s favorite hair removal salons, Wax LA, you want to avoid using products that have oil in them after a wax. “It’s best to moisturize with oil-free products that are all natural and don’t contain synthetic oils,” she says, which can cause breakouts on the compromised skin. Instead, apply a skin-soothing ointment like hydrocortisone, aloe, or witch hazel to the area to calm inflammation and reduce irritation.
• Plan your workout accordingly. Another way to avoid clogging freshly opened pores is to work out before (well before) you do damage control on your eyebrows. Says Galvan, sweating excessively can make the skin prone to breakouts, so plan that SoulCycle class in advance of a waxing appointment.
Last but not least, Galvan says consistency is key, as breakouts post-wax can also occur simply from sensitive skin’s reaction to the wax. “Receiving a wax every four to six weeks to help the area adjust to it can help prevent a reactionary breakout. Any time longer than six weeks and you’re starting the process all over again. Take care of the skin prior to the wax by exfoliating and leave the area alone afterward,” and you should be good be good to go!
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.