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Side Effects of Face Waxing


Many people are not aware of face waxing precautions, despite millions of waxes being performed every year. In most cases, face waxing is a safe and effective method of hair removal. However, there are numerous conditions which would rule out facial hair removal waxing.

Salon Safety Precautions

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations (TDLR) has set for precautions to take before visiting a salon.

  • Ensure the salon and service provider holds a current license.
  • Ensure service provider washes his or her hands before waxing.
  • Ensure the area to be waxed has been properly cleaned.
  • Ensure a new wax applicator is being used.
  • Ensure the same wax has not been used previously on someone else .
  • Have service provider ensure the wax is not too hot, tell the provider it feels too hot.

Consult Your Physician before Waxing

  • Consult your physician or before getting waxed if taking prescribed medications, especially birth control, hormone replacement therapies, or acne medication.
  • Consult your physician before waxing if you have cancer, sensitive skin, or other medical conditions, especially skin conditions such as rosacea.

General Waxing Precautions

If waxing at home, follow the directions carefully, and check the wax temperature before applying it to the skin. If the wax is too hot it burn the skin.

  • If you are susceptible to hyperpigmentation, then you may want to find another hair removal method.
  • Avoid waxing if you recently have had Botox or collagen injections, or had a chemical peel.
  • Do not get waxed right before a menstrual period.
  • Do not apply wax in areas with blemishes or cold sores.



“Cosmetologists.” Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Apr. 2010.

“At-Home Waxing: An Inexpensive Alternative at”    Skincare News Magazine: Skin Care News & Articles at N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Apr. 2010.

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