How to Remove Scars After Waxing

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Scars may be apparent after waxing procedures. (Image: Image Source/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Waxing scars can be hard to get rid of, particularly those in a visible area, such as on your lip or chin. Waxing is popular because it is relatively inexpensive and results last for a few weeks. However, it also can create burning and scarring if performed improperly. Fortunately, if you have scars formed as a result of waxing, there are plenty of treatments at your disposal.

Step 1

Purchase an OTC lotion or cream that contains alpha hydroxy acids. Spread this liberally over the scarred area to help reduce its appearance. Alpha hydroxy acids exfoliate the skin, sloughing away dead tissues and stimulating the growth of new skin, which may reduce the appearance of superficial scars more quickly.

Step 2

Apply silicone gel to your wax scar. Some researchers believe it works by creating static electricity, helping to smooth out the scar. It may also help increase blood flow to the affected area so the scar's appearance is minimized.

Step 3

Use dermabrasion to remove outer skin layers. A dermatologist will use an abrasive, rotary tool to blast crystalline particles onto the skin, removing the dermis and epidermis skin layers. Dermabrasion treatments are an aggressive method to get rid of scars and may require a few weeks to a couple of months recovery time.

Step 4

Try a chemical peel for superficial waxing scars. Some lighter peels use glycolic, trichloroacetic, and alpha hydroxy acids to chemically remove damaged skin cells. They promote cell turnover and the promote fading of scars. Your dermatologist will choose the correct chemicals in correspondence to how severe your scars may be.

Warning

Always consult your physician before attempting any scar removal treatment on your own. Depending on the severity of the scar, you could end up making it worse.

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