Ingrown Hair & Folliculitis After Sugaring- Prevent & Fix
By now we all know how effective sugaring is at removing our unwanted hair from preferred areas. Leaving us with clean, smoother-looking skin for long periods. However, ripping our hair out with its follicles can be very traumatizing to the skin, hence we may notice some side effects.
So here I have put together this article to enlighten you on how we can avoid, and treat these after-effects of sugaring unwanted hair.
Bumps After Sugaring
Bumps are temporary after-effects of Sugaring. They are harmless responses to the trauma and irritation caused to the skin during the sugaring procedure. This reaction would usually subside after a few days.
Do not confuse Bumps with Pimples. Bumps are really just uninfected Pimples. However, if these bumps are taken lightly through poor aftercare, they could lead to pimples and then to acne, which can potentially develop cases of folliculitis.
So read on and learn how to prevent and treat these reactions.
How Long Do Bumps Last After Sugaring
Bumps after Sugaring will subside in just 2-3 days after the procedure. However, if they become infected, they are now pimples that could now take longer to go away. Read more on this below…
Pimples After Sugaring
Pimples after sugaring are a normal after-effect of the Trauma the skin has just gone through. It’s usually due to irritation or bacteria seeping into the now-exposed pores. Hence, this is why proper pre-care and aftercare are very important.
Do note that Sugaring does not directly cause pimples, however, poor aftercare can be a leading factor. Leaving your skin irritated, exposed pores and even broken skin puts you at risk for contracting bacteria and other infections which are responsible for inflaming the pores, leading to pimples.
Does sugaring Cause Folliculitis
After sugaring your pores are now empty and exposed to anything (bacteria/fungi/impurities/excessive sebum oil) causing them to clog up and become inflamed, which can further lead to folliculitis.
Proper aftercare for any hair removal method holds a high level of importance especially to get safe and satisfactory results.
So Keep reading to see the different types of folliculitis and how to avoid and treat them.
How to Prevent Pimples and Folliculitis After Sugaring
Preventing and avoiding the risk of inflamed pores, pimples, and folliculitis begins before the actual sugaring session. Here are a few tips you should take into consideration before and after your sugaring appointment.
- Exfoliate your skin at least 24 hours before the procedure, so as to remove the dead skin around the hair for easy removal.
- Keeping your skin hydrated and moisturized before the application reduces the grip around the hairs, resulting in easier removal of strands. Leading to less irritation during the process.
- For the first few days stay away from areas Like; public swimming pools and gyms and other related places. As it can put you at risk of developing bacterial/ fungal infections.
- Wear loose clothing on the areas for the first 1-2 days. This prevents abrasive contact between the skin and fabric.
- Right before the procedure, prep your skin by Removing all makeup and excessive natural oils. So the sugar wax/ paste can easily grip onto the hair for removal.
- Clean the skin properly using anti-bacterial wipes so as to avoid any present bacteria from seeping into open pores and inflaming them.
- To help reduce the trauma to the skin, you can numb your face or area to be sugared. Using numbing gel or simply applying ice before the sugaring procedure.
- Some recommend that you steam the area(s), by placing a steaming towel over it to help open and loosen the pore grip from the hair.
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How Do You Treat Folliculitis After Sugaring
Folliculitis can be caused by either bacterial or fungal infections. Meaning, you will need to deal with these differently depending on the cause. See below for explanation…
Bacteria Causing Folliculitis After Sugaring Hair Removal
1 – Topical Skin Disinfectants
These are used for mild cases, they will be effective enough to kill the causing bacteria and manage your folliculitis better. Some may include; Triclosan, Chlorhexidine, and Benzalkonium Chloride.
2 – Antibiotics
Antibiotics work really great for cases that are more moderate and severe.
Fungal-Based Folliculitis After Sugaring Hair Removal
1 – Ketoconazole Creams or Shampoo
Ketoconazole is a great choice when it comes to fungal base folliculitis or other related fungal problem. This will effectively help with your case of folliculitis within a few weeks of use.
You can click here to see a shampoo for folliculitis on Amazon. Cleansing waxed area 1 ever 2 days can help with your pimples, and folliculitis problems.
You can also ask your doctor about fluocinonide cream and Doxycycline capsules as they could also help with treating folliculitis.
Tips to Avoid Ingrown and Inflamed Hairs After Sugaring
Ingrown hairs are usually the result of poor skin prepping, poor quality sugar paste/wax, and even poor aftercare. See below for more:
Always Precare and Prep Your Skin
When we do not ensure proper hydration and moisturization of the skin, it eventually becomes dry. And dry skin will only hold the hair down much tighter in the pores when compared to the skin of a much softer and moist texture.
Dry skin will also lead to more hair breakage, causing irritation, pimples, ingrown hairs, and even inflammation buildups.
Use High-Quality Sugar Wax
When using a poor-quality sugar paste/ wax, always ensure that it has enough holding grip to actually pull the hair out with its follicles. Or else, it will only cause your hair to bounce back resulting in irritation, bumps, pimples, and other adverse reaction.
Always Carry out Proper Aftercare
After sugaring, your skin will react to the traumatizing experience. And ensuring proper aftercare steps is what takes care of these unwanted reactions (bumps, pimples, acne, ingrown hair…).
These crucial steps will ensure that your skin stays healthy, smooth, and hair-free after sugaring, while also preventing any potential complications that may arise from the treatment later on like ingrown hair and inflamed pores.
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