First of all, what even is a contraindication? Basically, we need to know what products, procedures, and any pre-existing conditions that could make you sensitive to waxing services!
The most common contraindications are medications and chemicals that clients are using topically or internally for their skin. There are so many things a client could be using or taking that can cause the skin to lift from waxing. Lifting is essentially ripping a very thin layer of skin off when the wax is used which can cause flaking, scabbing and in some severe cases it can leave a scar!
Our estheticians are trained to protect the skin from any harm by using products like baby powder, Aveda oils, and ointments to create a barrier between the skin and the wax while still removing the hair. After waxing we also use Aveda calming serums and cool compresses to help soothe the skin.
Below we’ve listed out common products that are not safe to use while receiving waxing treatments. We will always ask you when first coming in are you using any of these products
Retinol, Retin-A, retinoic acid, Hydroquinone – You must not have used Retinol, Retin-A, retinoic acid, or Hydroquinone for a week before waxing, and that is regardless of where you put it and where you want to get waxed. It affects your whole body, even if you just put it on your face! A lot of over the counter creams contain a percentage of retinol so double-check all the ingredients before you come in!
Accutane, Roaccutane, Isotretinoin – A YEAR! That’s right, you cannot get waxed within an entire year of being on Accutane, Roaccutane, or isotretinoin. It takes one year for this medicine to leave your body and for you to safely be waxed again.
Steroids/Antibiotics – You must be off this medication for 3 months prior to waxing. Certain steroids and antibiotics cause the skin to become hypersensitive and can cause painful reactions to waxing.
Chemical peels, Facials, Microdermabrasions – These services can be hard to gauge how long you should wait before being waxed due to the different types of facial services there are out there. To be on the safe side, we recommend two weeks.
We want only the best for our clients and that means we want to give you the knowledge to protect yourself. Our estheticians are trained and will ask you if you have made any changes in your skincare, but if you already know ahead of time please let us know before we start your service. We thank you and so will your skin.