How Long Does Redness After Waxing Last?

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Any redness you experience while waxing is temporary. By exfoliating your skin before the wax appointment, you’ll reduce the time it takes to end the redness. 

This article will answer the question “How Long Does Waxing Redness Last?”. We’ll explain the common side effects of redness and how you can avoid them. That way, you can experience clean and healthy skin. 

By the end, you’ll have enough information to protect your skin from a redness outbreak. With proper skincare, you can reduce the time it takes for your skin to recover. So let’s begin!


How Long Does Waxing Redness Last?

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How Long Does Waxing Redness Last? After waxing, it is common to experience redness in your skin. This is because your skin has minor irritation once the hair gets pulled out

Yeah, waxing can hurt! But it does get easier over time

Fortunately, this redness will typically disappear 24-48 hours after your waxing.

Inflammation is inevitable, but you can manage it through proper skincare.

Take time to exfoliate and prepare your skin, as it will make the redness go away faster. 

What Happens to the Skin After Waxing?

When waxing, you have to be aware of the side effects that can occur. If left untreated, these side effects can lead to scarring, which is difficult to treat. Here are some side effects you’ll experience after your waxing session. 


While it is uncommon, you can get scars after facial waxing. You’ll experience this side effect if you have an infection, sunburns, or using wax over cuts. 


On some occasions, you’ll experience minor bleeding after waxing. This has to do with your hair and the outer skin layer being removed throughout the process. 

For those who have aging or brittle skin, get a skincare product that’s sensitive for the skin. Speak to your doctor if the bleeding is excessive, and they’ll give you a  topical solution to help your skin stay protected.

Irritation and Redness

Waxing can lead to mild irritation and redness after use. You’ll notice that your freshly waxed skin appears pink or red and is sensitive to touch. In addition, your everyday skincare products might burn, so avoid using alcohol-based toners after waxing. 

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Ingrown Hairs

While ingrown hairs can occur due to shaving, they can happen when waxing. You’ll have a reduced risk of ingrown hairs if you place the strips in the opposite direction of the hair growth.

You have a higher chance of ingrown hairs if your hair shaft breaks under the skin or the hair roots don’t come out. 

See also: Is It OK To Wax With Ingrown Hairs?

Sun Sensitivity

For added skin protection, never place wax on a sunburn. During this time, be careful about how sun exposure affects your face. This process lifts your upper epidermis and the hair you’re trying to remove. 

As a result, removing the upper epidermis might make your skin more sensitive to the sun. If you have to go outside, make sure you have an SPF 30+ sunscreen. Doing so will allow you to stay in the sun without contracting skin irritation. 

How To Prevent Waxing Redness?

While there are numerous side effects associated with wax, there are a few ways to prevent them. Irritation and mild pain will happen in the first few hours.

However, side effects such as bleeding and ingrown hairs can be prevented. 

Ensure Your Wax is Appropriate

When using wax products, check the instructions and make sure it’s designed for the right body area. For example, avoid using all-over body wax on your face.

Make Sure Your Skin is in Good Condition

You can redness, bleeding, bumps, and other side effects by avoiding any wax treatments if your skin is severely sunburned, dry, or irritated. 

Avoid waxing facial areas with redness, swelling, or an active breakout.

In addition, you should avoid placing wax over any moles and warts. If you currently have diabetes or circulatory issues, you should avoid wax products.

Make Sure Your Hair is the Right Length

You don’t want your hair to be too long, or too short. Hairs that are too long will break, and hairs that are too short will not get pulled out by the wax, leading to ingrown hair.

Aim for hair that is a little more than 1/4″ long when you’re waxing. If you need to trim beforehand, go for it. Or your esthetician will help out.

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Can Hair Be Too Long To Wax?

Go to a Professional Waxing Studio

We’re certainly not going to knock home waxing, but you’re certainly more likely to have problems if you do it at home than if you go to a pro!

You should schedule a facial appointment with a licensed esthetician for optimal results. They can help you decide what products are best based on your skin type and provide the best techniques that have the least side effects.

Doing this increases the chances of having a successful wax treatment. 

Yes, you can run into issues with embarrassment and menstrual cycles, but if you want it done right, your best bet is to go pro.

When Will My Hair Grow Back?

If you’re using hard wax, it can take up to 4-6 weeks before your hair reappears. During the hard waxing process, your hair follicles are removed from the root. This prevents the hair from causing pain when it grows back. 

After the 4-6 week period, you can reschedule for another wax appointment. Doing so will result in less pain if you consult your esthetician beforehand. If you wait longer than eight weeks, you’re back to square one. 

Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).