Can Waxing Cause Scarring?

Can Waxing Cause Scarring?

Waxing is one of the most common remedies to get rid of unwelcome hair, but with waxing comes a lot of questions. One of those questions is whether or not waxing can cause scarring.

While waxing shouldn’t cause scarring if done properly – that is, without breaking the skin or otherwise tearing out the hair follicles – waxing can leave behind noticeable brown spots, especially in sensitive areas of the body. Another problem some individuals may experience is burn marks left behind due to overheated wax, especially with home wax treatments.

That’s why it is important to pay special attention to these areas and to know how to wax properly so as to avoid this problem. The first thing to take note of is that you should never wax any area of the body to excess. Typically, it is recommended that you not wax any area of the body more than about every four weeks, though this can vary depending on the individual. Some people may wax a little bit more often, especially with tougher areas such as the legs.

However, it is still important to pay attention to your skin and what it is telling you. Never use wax over areas that are still recovering from previous waxing sessions or that are sensitive for any other reasons, or from any other treatments that you have used (such as tanning). If hair removal is necessary over these areas, it is recommended that you choose a hair removal method such as shaving that is more sensitive to the skin and the hair follicle, and that will allow the skin to continue to heal during this process.

How to Treat Brown Spots and Other Effects From Waxing

If your skin is sensitive because of waxing, or you have developed brown spots or any other lingering or lasting effects because of waxing, there are things that you can do to help heal the skin and to restore it. Using the right combination of ingredients to treat these effects is essential.

For example, Vitamin C is one such essential ingredient that can be used to treat brown spots easily and effectively, as it is an antioxidant that reverses cellular damage, especially to the cells that help to produce melanin. It also helps the skin to produce more collagen and overall helps to promote healing in the skin.

When choosing any products that promote healing in the skin, it is highly recommended that you avoid any products that contain the ingredients kojic acid and hydroquinone. These skin lightening agents are incredibly harmful to the skin, and will do far more harm than good to your body.

By paying attention to your skin’s needs, you can ensure that brown spots, redness, and damage to the skin because of overwaxing or even burns from overheated wax can be easily remedied. Choose the treatments that you use with caution and ensure that you use only the best products to promote the healing of your skin, especially in the most sensitive areas of your body.

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  2. I have scars that are white and very visible on my skin! Would the cream help?

  3. nitesh maharaj says:

    I am just 17. initial hair grown at face and I shaved it. it cause razor burn and left with dark spot.. during this age its very disgusting.. black mark on neck and chin meeting place. pls help

    • Hi Nitesh, sorry to hear this and we understand. When you notice an ingrown hair, do not shave it as it can further injure the skin. Using heat (but not enough to burn you), can help soften the skin and unfurl the hair to release. Many people will use a very warm tea bag. If it does not unfurl right away, do not pick at it. Just try again later that day. Using a vitamin C treatment should help to fade the dark mark.

  4. So my sister waxed my bikini area a few weeks ago and when she did it left a welt. Then after a few days it looked like it was healing but after the welt was gone it turned to a big brown spot. What do I do to get rid of it ??

  5. Ariana Lopez says:

    I got my eyebrows waxed and my skin turned red then had white bumps now its red and looks like pimples it grosses me out and dont want scars. It won’t go away what can I do??

  6. Hi. I recently waxed my upper lip using strips and after two days the skin started peeling off.And bow there is a small brown spot on one side.What should I do?and why does the skin peel?

  7. I’ve had a waxing scar inbetween my eyebrows for over six months. It has gone from red to pink over the time it has been on my face. I want it gone already, what should I do?

  8. Hi. I have had a bad waxing experience and with this I got two large brown marks on either side of my upperlip. I initially thought it would fade away as all marks do but it did not and 5 years later I still have the marks and constantly have to cover it up because it won’t go away. What can I do to get rid of it?

  9. Hi! I recently got my eyebrows done and after the waxing my right eyebrow was in some pain. I looked in the mirror and there a red patch above and below my eyebrow. It’s been a day and it is still there. Is there anything I can do to fix this? I don’t want any scaring!

  10. I treated shingles though it still itches but the scar is black & i hate it pls what can í do

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