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Home Treatment for Bumps After Waxing

author image Jonae Fredericks
Jonae Fredericks started writing in 2007. She also has a background as a licensed cosmetologist and certified skin-care specialist. Jonae Fredericks is a certified paraeducator, presently working in the public education system.
Home Treatment for Bumps After Waxing
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Waxing removes hair at the root, leaving you with smooth skin for approximately three to six weeks. Unfortunately, not everyone goes through the waxing process without a hitch. If you are one of many that experience a rash after waxing, there is help. Those tiny red bumps that show up a few hours after waxing are folliculitis -- an inflammation of the hair follicles. Most bumps that occur after waxing usually only last for about three days, requiring only minor treatment to relieve the discomfort and prevent infection.

Step 1

Wear loose-fitting clothing over the affected areas. Whenever possible, no clothing rubbing against the bumps is ideal. For instance, if the bumps have appeared after waxing your legs, wearing a skirt or dress will cause less friction than jeans or sweats.

Step 2

Apply a topical ointment to the bumps at least once a day, for the first three days following their eruption. Topical ointments that contain polymyxin B sulfate and bacitracin zinc will help heal the bumps and ward off infection.

Step 3

Soothe the associated burning and itch with ice. Place an ice cube in a cup of warm water and allow it to melt, slightly. Remove it and run it over the post-waxing bumps for a cooling effect. Repeat this several times a day until the bumps resolve.

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