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Got a Wax Burn on Face? Here is How to Heal the Damage!


And so it goes. That hot wax was just a bit too hot for your face’s soft, sensitive pores and now you’re in full-on panic mode while that patch of afflicted skin is blistering and cracking. Breathe in, breathe out, and let’s calm down. A wax burn on face, while predicament in and of itself, is far from impossible to deal with. Here’s everything you need to do to start your skin’s healing process. 

Table of Contents:

  • How Does Waxing Work?
  • How to Treat a Wax Burn On Face
  • Hydrating Products That Help Your Skin Heal

How Does Waxing Work?

Waxing is one of, if not the most popular hair removal methods. It’s accessible to anyone, requires little-to-no know-how, and it removes hair from its very root, making it a long-lasting, efficient way of ensuring that all that unwanted peach fuzz is gone for as long as possible. 

Just like shaving, waxing is a type of exfoliation, as it is a process that removes dead skin cells along with unwanted hair, (ideally) leaving the skin feeling smooth and silky. The most common types of waxing procedures are:

  • Cold wax strips – these are not only affordable, but they are the easiest to use, without creating a big mess. There is no risk of getting burnt because the wax is cold, and you can’t mess up the amount, since it’s pre-applied.  
  • Hot soft wax – this kind of wax is applied thinly on the skin and then removed with a cloth strip. It’s mostly used for picking up thin hairs, and should only be applied to the skin once because it leaves it very sensitive. 
  • Hot hard wax – hard wax is the better option when it comes to thicker hair, and it’s applied while warm on the skin, in the direction of hair growth, and can be removed without any strip, since it hardens rapidly.  
  • Cold soft wax – just like hot soft wax, the cold variant can be applied directly on the skin and removed with a strip; while this type of waxing is often preferred, since there is no risk of burning, it’s not as effective as its warmer counterpart at removing all of the unwanted hair from just one strip. 
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      How to Treat a Wax Burn On Face

      Let’s just get the PSA out of the way: if you go the at-home, do-it-yourself, hot waxing route, be aware that you are at a bigger risk of getting a burn, or damaging your skin in some other way than going to a professional waxing salon. 

      This type of application needs a lot of practice and is very easy to mess up, especially when you’re inexperienced, and when the waxing surface is your face – one of the most sensitive areas of your skin. For a mild wax burn, follow these steps:

      Remove Any Hot Wax Residue

      Immediately remove any excess wax that hasn’t already fallen off or been removed by the strip. If you have something like petroleum jelly around, you can rub it gently on the skin, and the wax will come off. 

      Run it Under Cold Water Immediately

      Once that’s done with, you will have to act quickly to avoid any long-term consequences. Just as you would treat any other burn, run it under cold (but not icy) water. Since the burn is on the face, you might want to get into the shower to do that, or alternatively, you could use a cold compress. 

      Do the Necessary After-Care

      The next thing you will want to do is apply an antibiotic ointment to seal the burn and then cover it with a bandage. Once you have tackled the burn in the first few minutes, you will want to keep taking care of it in the following days. 

      Since the burn is on the face, you have to be extra careful with your routine. Some of the products you were using might not go well with a burn, so you should go for gentler, nourishing products. 

      Even under regular, non-flammable circumstances, you should stay away from the infamous duo of sulfates and parabens, but in this case, it’s an absolute must. Both of these are harsh cleaning agents that scrub the skin and cause significant irritation, which is the last thing you want to interact with your newly-earned burn scar. 

      Naturally, if the degree of your burn is more severe, seek immediate medical attention. Even if your burn is mild, and you feel as though you can’t take care of it yourself, don’t shy away from going to a medical specialist – untreated burns can cause a lot more damage than you might think, especially on your face!

      Hydrating Products That Help Your Skin Heal

      So if not just your average products will help you in healing the burn, what will then? One word: hydration. It’s pretty simple when you think of it – you heal the damage caused by fire by appealing to the curative powers of water. Here are a few modifications to keep in mind:

      Cleanse Gently, With or Without Foam

      For the cleansing part of your routine, you can go the tropical route and use some soothing coconut micellar water – with its skin-boosting, oil-in-water emulsion formula, coupled with the organic blend of coconut, cucumber water, and witch hazel extract, this foam-free makeup and impurities remover will ensure that your skin is both hydrated and deeply cleansed, letting it heal the burn without any disruption whatsoever. 

      coconut micellar water helps removing wax from face

      Alternatively, if you still want the cleanse that a foaming face wash can provide, why not try out the Ayurvedic treasure that is the
      ubtan face wash? Its nourishing and highly refreshing mix of natural botanicals will have your skin looking brighter in no time, while the burn will gradually wash away along with any other unwanted impurities.  

      ubtan facewash helps with removing face wax

      Round Out Your Routine with Perfecting Cream 

      Do your skin a favor while you’re helping it heal from the burn and also help it prevent the signs of aging! 

      coconut perfecting cream

      Appealing to coconut’s wonderfully hydrating properties once more, the
      coconut perfecting cream is enriched with skin-loving botanicals that nourish the skin back to life by protecting its natural barrier while supporting its ability to fight irritation. Apply it twice a day as the last step of your skincare routine and let it do all the work!

      Marius Capra

      Charismatic copywriter, intrepid linguist, and advertising aficionado. To make a long story short, writing has always been both my greatest passion, and the one thing that would always bring me comfort - whether it was in the form of short stories, poetry, or academic writing. I love to write because I live to express myself as authentically as I can, and I am a firm believer in the fact that words can always do you justice… if you choose the right ones of course.

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