Updated: Feb 7
Bikini wax bumps can be annoying, and if you have waxed before, you understand how painful they can be. However, if you have constantly been getting them, you need to follow these tips. But before we get down on how to prevent these bumps, let's first look at what causes them.
What Causes Bikini Bumps
Different factors may contribute to bumps after a bikini wax. And among them include:
As the name suggests, Ingrown hair is hair that grows and re-inserts into the hair follicles. This may occur a week after waxing. Sometimes, these ingrown hairs cause itchy skin and painful bumps.
If left untreated, these ingrown hairs may get infected, leaving you with red, pus-filled bumps which may leak and spread bacteria.
Damaged Hair Follicles
Damaged hair follicles are susceptible to staph bacteria naturally present on the skin. Folliculitis (red itchy bumps) occurs when staph bacteria affect the skin. Heat or irritation from tight clothes makes the condition even worse.
When most people develop folliculitis, they find it hard to resist the urge to scratch the itchy bumps. With time, the painful bumps spread the bacteria causing more infections.
But with these tips, you can prevent these painful bumps. Just take a look!
How to Prevent Bumps
Exfoliate the Skin
Before going for your waxing appointment, ensure you have exfoliated your skin to help eliminate any dead cells that may build up. Use a mild exfoliator or washcloth to prevent skin irritation. For best results, give your skin 48 hours to breathe after exfoliating.
NB: Avoid chemical exfoliators as they irritate skin and cause burns after waxing.
After waxing, give your skin 72 hours before exfoliating. If you still get ingrown hair after waxing, it may be linked to your genetics. People with coarse, curly hair tend to get ingrown hair more than those with straight hair.
If your hair is curly and textured, you are more likely to get bumps along the bikini line even after exfoliating.
Avoid Working Out After Waxing
Working out or doing strenuous activity causes your body to sweat. When sweat comes into contact with your waxed skin, bacteria will build up, causing folliculitis. To prevent these painful bumps from forming, it is highly advisable to avoid working out for at least 48 hours after waxing.
Avoid Tight Clothes
Wearing tight underwear causes the ingrown hair to rub against the seam, causing irritation and increasing your chances of developing painful bumps. Always consider wearing loosely fitting clothes for one or two days after waxing.
Moisturize the Skin
After waxing, your esthetician will apply a moisturizer. However, you still need to keep moisturizing the skin to prevent irritation. Always consider fragrance-free moisturizers. If you have an ingrown hair, apply a warm compress to open up the pores. Use tweezers to pluck the ingrown hair.
Getting after wax bumps is common, but with the help of the above tips, you can prevent them from recurring. Try them out and share your experience. We can't wait to sample your comments.