How To Get Wax Off Skin: 5 Tips to Remove Wax From Your Skin

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Waxing is an efficient (but painful) hair removal method. You apply either cold or hot wax to the skin, and then pull it off, with the hairs attached. But often, little bits of wax stay stuck to the skin. 

Residue wax on the skin can feel uncomfortable and can cause stains on clothing. Who wants that?

Luckily today, I will teach you how to get wax off your skin so that you don’t need to look for other ways to remove unwanted hair just because you hate the residue left by waxing. 


How To Get Wax Off Skin

Although you should always try to avoid getting wax residue on your skin (more on that below), there are times when it simply happens and you just can’t help it. When you have leftover wax sticking to your skin, there are a few things you can do.

Here are the best ways to remove wax residue from the skin:

1. Warm Soapy Water

One of the most common ways how to remove the residual wax on the skin is to wash it with warm soapy water and then rinse it with warm water as well. Although this procedure could work, it may not be recommended for all, especially those who have sensitive skin. 

With this method, you need to do a lot of rubbing to eventually get the residual wax off your skin. Sometimes, doing this once may not be enough and you might need to repeat the procedure.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Wet the sticky area with the leftover wax by using warm water. 
  2. Use a warm soapy solution or just rub soap over the sticky area. 
  3. Rub the wax area with soap or warm soapy water until you don’t feel the stickiness.
  4. Rinse with warm water.

If you choose to do this, make sure to select gentle soaps or gentle foaming body washes to help lessen the risk of irritating your skin. 

2. Oil

You can use oil to help remove the residual wax after your waxing session. Oils like coconut oil or baby oil are the best to use because they can help loosen up the stickiness of the wax residue adhering to your skin.

A good application of oil is the best method of removing residual wax because it is less likely to irritate the skin.

A good application of oil is the best method of removing residual wax because it is less likely to irritate the skin.

And as a bonus, coconut oil is really good for your skin, especially after it’s been waxed!

Those who use coconut oil on the skin will get the benefits like soothing the irritated skin due to waxing, preventing waxing bumps caused by bacteria, and moisturizing the skin as well.

Here’s what you have to do:

  1. Place a few drops of coconut oil or any other skin-safe oil on a cotton pad. 
  2. Rub the cotton pad or cotton ball on the skin gently. 
  3. Repeat the steps until your skin doesn’t feel sticky anymore. 

Gently rub the cotton pad back and forth to get wax off the skin. Once you’re done, you can either remove the coconut oil or embrace it. Remember that the oil can help moisturize the skin and prevent irritation as well as an infection. So it is better to let the skin absorb it. 

3. Alcohol

Another way to remove the leftover wax it uses alcohol. Professional waxers use this because it quickly removes the excess wax. It can help kill the bacteria that are on the skin as well. 

However, this may not be great for all, especially those who bleed after waxing because it can sting. Although it can help sterilize the area, alcohol can be painful or uncomfortable for some people. It can also irritate the skin.

Here’s what you should do. 

  1. Place alcohol on a clean cotton pad. Make sure that the cotton pad is soaked
  2. Gently apply this on the waxed skin. 
  3. Repeat the steps if necessary. 

4. Petroleum Jelly

Another product that can help loosen the grip of the wax on your skin is petroleum jelly. Petroleum jelly can be a good product to apply on the skin to help trap moisture and avoid it from escaping. 

Some people use petroleum jelly to help create a barrier over the skin that could have been irritated due to the waxing session.

Here’s what to do:

  1. Get a good amount of petroleum jelly. You want to create a layer that isn’t too thin. 
  2. Rub it on the sticky area.
  3. Let it stay there for a few minutes
  4. Remove the petroleum jelly with a cotton pad. 

The residual wax will be mixed with the petroleum jelly that you removed.

5. Peanut Butter

If you’re looking for an easy home solution to remove waxing bits, try peanut butter! Peanut butter works in a similar manner to coconut oil. It adheres to the wax, but the oils loosen the wax from the skin.

Here’s what to do:

  1. Smear an even layer of peanut butter over the area that has wax bits attached.
  2. Gently rub the peanut butter into the skin in order to loosen the wax
  3. Leave the peanut butter there for a few minutes
  4. Wipe with a damp cloth to remove the peanut butter and the leftover wax.

Why Does Wax Stick To Skin?

Wax is a sticky substance that can grip your body hair. Once you pull it, the hair strands come with it. However, sometimes, after your waxing session, leftover wax can be found on your skin. 


Some even find removing the leftover wax from the skin to be very difficult to remove. One of the reasons why this could happen is because the skin is dehydrated. 

When the skin is dry, it sticks to the wax due to the moisture present in the wax. This may be why you can’t easily remove the wax in just one pull.


Another reason is that it could be due to the technique of how you pull the wax. If you don’t pull fast enough, there wouldn’t be enough force to successfully pull the wax and remove it.

Hesitation is a common cause of wax residue, especially for people who are new to waxing. 

Hesitation is a common cause of wax residue, especially for people who are new to waxing. 

Amount of Wax

You should take a look at how much wax you use. If you use a lot, you create a thick layer. Although wax should be thick enough to cover the hair, it shouldn’t be too bulky because it could be difficult to remove. 


The wax may not be warm enough so it doesn’t spread easily, making a thicker layer. This could lead to creating a thicker wax layer that is difficult to remove and sticks to the skin. 

How to Prevent Wax Residue from Sticking To Your Skin

If you hate little bits of wax sticking to your skin after a waxing session, you can take a few steps to prevent it from occurring!

1. Trim the Hair to the Proper Length

The most important thing you can do to keep the wax residue from sticking to your skin is to trim your hair to about 1/2″ in length before waxing it.

Don’t let it get too long, and don’t let it get too short.

The 1/2″ length is the ideal length for waxing. There’s enough hair for the wax to get a good grip, but it’s not so long that the hair shaft will break rather than get ripped out at the follicle.

Don’t let it get too long, and don’t let it get too short.

2. Moisturize

Moisturizing the skin prior to waxing is also important, especially if your skin is dry. Moisturizing is a good idea in general, but hydrated, moisturized skin will be less likely to have wax stick to it.

You don’t want your skin to be so oily and greasy that the wax doesn’t adhere well, but you also don’t want dry skin. Moisturize the day before your waxing session.

3. Check Your Wax Temperature

Make sure your wax is hot, but not so hot that it burns your skin. Wax that is too cool will not spread evenly, and you’ll end up with clumps of leftover wax on your skin. Wax that’s too hot will burn your skin, and you’ll be left with, well, burns!

4. Keep Your Skin Taut During Waxing

During the waxing process, you want your skin to be tight and smooth, with no ripples or bumps. When you pull the wax off, if the skin isn’t taut, you will end up with wax residue. Good technique will help!

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).