Using wax to remove hair from any part of your body is very painful. Double that pain when you use wax to remove facial hair from your upper lip, which is immensely sensitive. You upper lip may swell and pimples may appear after waxing your upper lip, and this can be an ugly sight. Waxing lasts for about 3 to 6 weeks.
Here’s how you can take care of your upper lip after waxing.
- Waxing can irritate your skin and hair follicles. After waxing, it is better to use the wax strips - the paper that is used to stick to the wax - to remove the rest of the wax instead of using wax removing products. You can apply tea tree lotion or an aloe-based cooling gel to your upper lip to soothe irritated skin.
- Avoid wearing any makeup for at least 24 hours to avoid further irritation and minimize the chance of infection.
- Do not touch your upper lip for up to three days to lower the chances of infection from germs on your hands.
- Apply some hair growth inhibitor on your upper lip to slow down hair growth. This product also makes the hair grow thinner.
- Your upper lip will turn pink after waxing. This is normal skin reaction from the hair pulling. Some skins may develop bumps and pimples on the upper lip after hair removal. Use products formulated to treat these bumps and pimples.
- Dark pigmentation may replace the pink skin on your upper lip as it heals. You can either stay away from the sun so as not to aggravate the skin and make it darker or you can use a product to help minimize this dark pigmentation and inhibit hair growth.
- It is most like that your dark pigmentation will turn to scabs and flaky skin, Resist the temptation to scratch it. You can either apply fresh aloe vera or put a thin film of petroleum jelly over the affected area.
- If you absolutely must go out a few days after waxing your upper lip, use a sunscreen before applying concealer over your upper lip.
- Take some non-prescription pain medicine like ibuprofen to ease your pain and discomfort after waxing your upper lip.
- Apply over-the-counter hydrocortisone ointment twice a day to relieve irritated skin.
- Avoid smoking if you had just waxed your upper lip. Smoke irritates the skin and delays healing.
- Go to the doctor if you continue to experience pain and swelling and your upper lip has been infected. You may get flu-like symptoms when this happens. It is wise to take the necessary precaution.
If your skin continue to get irritated or you breakout every time you wax your upper lip, you may want to change the type of wax that you use or consider other methods to remove hair from your upper lip. Consult a professional before you attempt to do the waxing yourself. It might be best to have the initial waxing of upper lip done professionally first so you can observe how it is done.