Every waxing professional has come across them - small, white pimples with a red halo that extend over a large area a few days after a hair removal treatment. Folliculitis , an inflammation of the hair follicles, is the most common side effect after waxing or sugaring. In theory, it can develop anywhere where hair is removed, but it occurs more frequently on the back of a man, a man's chest and a woman's cheek. About 1–2 days after waxing, the upper part of the hair follicle becomes inflamed. Small, white pimples with a red halo develop. Usually a large number of hair follicles are affected at the same time. The cause is the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus. This is part of the normal colonization of the skin flora and occurs in around 20% of the population. Usually it doesn't cause any problems. After waxing or sugaring, however, the skin pores are open and the bacterium can penetrate the hair canal unhindered and trigger the inflammation. Especially in the summer months we see this complexion more often, especially in very hairy men, because increased sweat increases the percentage of Staphylococcus aureus in the skin flora and means that the said germ can more easily penetrate the hair canal.
So what to do? After all, the presence of Staphylococcus aureus cannot be seen with the naked eye and a test strip for this bacterium is not available to us at the beauty salon. Nevertheless, in everyday waxing we have very good opportunities to prevent this skin reaction.
First of all, we can use a consultation and anamnesis sheet to find out whether our customer has already been waxed in the respective area and how this depilation was tolerated. We can thoroughly educate new customers about this and offer a trial patch to customers who have never been waxed in these risky areas . About 1–3 days later we know whether the actual waxing can be carried out.
After depilation, we should clean our clients' skin very well and remind them to avoid exertion that causes profuse sweating for the next 24 hours.
Men with no waxing experience should not have their entire back hair removed shortly before their summer vacation. Likewise, waxing brides' entire faces right before the wedding is not a good idea if these ladies have never had their hair removed before.
If folliculitis does occur, daily antibacterial washing lotions, microsilver, creams containing zinc and products containing tea tree oil can help.
Products that are part of your acne treatment in salon can be used too to let the reaction subside as quickly as possible. In very stubborn cases, the doctor will prescribe an anti-inflammatory ointment.
Products suggestion :
Clear Skin Silver Fluid
Anti-bacterial action of silver ions
Powerful formula for impure skin with micro-silver
Concentrated formula of active ingredients
Reduces skin impurities
Long-lasting matting effect
Light fluid texture for impure skin
Free from parabens, mineral oil, fragrances and colorants
Clearing Power: SOS Stop Pimples - helps combat pustules specifically.
Prevents the formation of new impurities without drying out the skin
Anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory effects
Unique care for irritated, reddened and blemished skin
Stimulates the regeneration and granulation process of the skin
Ingrown Hairs Therapy Paste & Lotion
A highly concentrated spot solution to help eliminate folliculitis pimples and ingrown hairs,
Reduces redness and swelling while preventing infection.
Contains Salicylic Acid - antimicrobial and antifungal properties resulting the removal of infected skin
Suitable for all areas of the body.
Ideal to be applied after facial waxing - will remove any skin redness