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Ouch! How to Heal Ripped Skin from Waxing


I think I have waxed my skin twice in my whole life. I have long heard the expression “beauty is pain,” but I am just in such stark disagreement with that saying that I avoid unnecessary pain no matter the cost. No thank you. 

I get that labor and delivery of my child will cause pain. That pain is necessary. But waxing off my facial or body hair? No thank you very much. 

I have plucked for decades, despite the process being quite time consuming given the abundance of my dark facial hair. And I shave my legs and pubic area, which, barring razor cuts, is painless. I understand the appeal to waxing, especially if you subscribe to the above mantra, but I will pass. Why? I have seen far too many people either burned, scarred, or worse, permanently darkened by the waxing process. 

So... how do you heal ripped skin from waxing? Read on to find out. 

Table of Contents:

  • The Dangers of Waxing
  • 5 Most Effective Tips for Healing Ripped Skin from Waxing
  • Clean and Disinfect
  • Apply Antibacterial
  • Moisturize
  • Keep Out of Sun
  • Be Patient
  • About Healing Your Skin
  • Products for Healing and Preventing Ripped Skin

The Dangers of Waxing

It is not easy. Ripped skin from waxing is painful. Waxing your skin is full of risks, and it seems we do not often cover them. When your technician has poor technique, you risk ripping skin, burning it, and in the end potentially not even getting the results you were hoping for. Even with a licensed technician, you still face potential problems. 

If you have been applying chemical peels and exfoliants, your skin will be more prone to ripping during waxing. You also may simply have sensitive skin, in which case waxing can cause way more problems than you want to take on. I have a girlfriend whose upper lip is permanently darker as a result of years of waxing. And my sister has scarring under her eyebrows from the process. 

For now, you have been hurt by the waxing process, and it is time to heal.

5 Most Effective Tips for Healing Ripped Skin from Waxing

Clean and Disinfect

The first step is to clean and disinfect the area. Use a gentle cleanser and disinfect with an all-natural disinfectant like alcohol or apple cider vinegar. 

Apply Antibacterial

Next, apply an all-natural antibacterial to ensure infection does not set in. I love honey for this purpose. You can even make your concoction of honey and garlic or honey and coconut oil, which will pack an extra punch. Apply at night before bed and let sit overnight. 


Keep the area moisturized with a plant-based oil, lotion, or cream. Coconut milk or oil is good for this purpose, as well as argan oil. You’ll protect the wound from the elements while also promoting healing. 

Moisturizing skin

Keep Out of Sun

The sun will only make an open wound worse, so be sure to either avoid the sun altogether while you heal or apply an SPF like coconut oil to the area and cover it up for extra protection. 

Be Patient

In the end, patience is everything. Your skin will take time to heal and repair itself. Give it the time it needs, and you’ll soon be back to normal. 

About Healing Your Skin

You probably have everything you need already on hand. It is incredibly helpful when it comes to your skin to use all-natural, gentle products for healing. Some harsh medicines and chemicals can cause even more damage. 

Or, quite often, you will pay a bunch of money to get a “medicine” for the drugstore that is much cheaper in its original plant-based form. Remember, all pharmaceutical medicines are mimicking something that a plant does perfectly well. 

When it comes to your skin, you want to be careful as the results of any damage caused are immediately visible. If your goal is beauty, you are probably hoping to avoid lasting scarring. 

The goal with our skin is to keep it in top form, plump, glowing, moisturized, and supple. With this goal in mind, we are best off when we stay hydrated, well-rested, and invest in products and treatments that support healthy skin, and avoid treatments or choices that can harm us. Beauty should not be pain. 

Ultimately, your best approach to healthy skin is a preventative one. Think twice before returning to the waxing process that holds so many risks. Although 62 percent of women report waxing or shaving, it is perhaps time to forego waxing altogether and consider plucking, shaving, or even threading. 

Each of these approaches is much less problematic than waxing, and you won’t be back here looking for advice on healing beauty treatment wounds. 

Also, keep in mind that skincare is supposed to feel good!

Products for Healing and Preventing Ripped Skin

Below you will find links to oils, lotions, and creams that will help heal your ripped skin from waxing and even prevent further ripping if you decide to go back for more. 

Essential Oils

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Oils are natural moisturizers that can support your own skin’s oils, perfect for encouraging the healing process. Just make sure you always dilute essential oils properly when using them for topical applications. 

Lotions and Creams

The right lotion or cream can keep your skin moisturized during its healing process. It can also prevent future ripping. 

Click the links above and browse the site, keeping an eye open for ingredients that speak to you and fragrances you enjoy. 

Shanna Mendez

Shanna Mathews Mendez is a freelance writer and blogger on topics related to self-care, naturopathy, female empowerment, and motherhood. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and children, where she enjoys traveling, being active outdoors, and studying herbalism and plant-based remedies in her free time. Drawing on her graduate degree in comparative literature and her own life experiences, she is currently writing her first book. She can be found online at her website

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