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At Barely There Beauty Bar, we take waxing contraindications seriously and work with clients to ensure the safest and most enjoyable experience possible. Before booking your next waxing service, it's important to familiarize yourself with any contraindications that may apply. We are here to help you achieve the smooth and hair-free skin you desire in a safe and healthy way.

Waxing Contraindications

When preparing for a waxing appointment, it is essential to be aware of certain medications that can make your skin more sensitive or vulnerable to adverse reactions. To ensure your safety and minimize any potential complications, we recommend avoiding the following medications in the days leading up to your waxing session:


  1. Accutane (Isotretinoin): This medication is primarily used to treat severe acne. It can make your skin more sensitive and prone to irritation, making it unsuitable to undergo waxing until at least six months after completing the Accutane treatment.

  2. Retinoids: Prescription-strength retinoids, such as Retin-A, Differin, or Tazorac, can increase skin sensitivity and the risk of skin irritation or burns during waxing. It is advisable to discontinue the use of these medications for at least one week before waxing.

  3. Topical Steroids: Corticosteroids used to treat various skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis can thin the skin and make it more susceptible to injury during waxing. It is recommended to discontinue the use of topical steroids for at least two weeks prior to waxing.

  4. Blood Thinners: Medications that thin the blood, such as aspirin, warfarin, or heparin, can increase the risk of bruising or bleeding during waxing. It is advisable to avoid these medications for several days before your appointment, following the guidance of your healthcare provider.

  5. Antibiotics: Some antibiotics can cause increased sensitivity to the sun or skin dryness, which can affect waxing. Consult with your healthcare provider or our team to determine the suitability of waxing while on antibiotics.

  6. Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs): AHAs are often found in skincare products and can increase skin sensitivity or inflammation. It is recommended to avoid using products containing AHAs for at least one week before waxing.

  7. Oral Acne Medications: Medications like Doxycycline or Tetracycline, commonly prescribed for acne, can make your skin more sensitive and prone to sunburn. Consider rescheduling your waxing appointment until after completing the medication course.


Please note that this list is not exhaustive, and it is always best to consult with your healthcare provider or our team if you are unsure about the safety of waxing while taking specific medications.

Your safety and comfort are our top priorities, and by avoiding these medications as advised, we can minimize the risk of any adverse reactions during your waxing appointment. If you have any questions or concerns about medications or any other aspect of our services, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team. We are here to assist you and ensure your experience is smooth and enjoyable.


Before and Aftercare Tips for Face Waxing

To ensure optimal results and minimize any potential discomfort or complications, it is important to follow proper before and aftercare for your face waxing session. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:

Before Waxing:

  1. Hair length: Ensure that the hair on your face is at least 1/4 inch long to allow the wax to grip effectively.

  2. Exfoliation: Gently exfoliate the area to be waxed a day or two before your appointment. This helps remove dead skin cells and allows the wax to adhere better.

  3. Cleanse: On the day of your appointment, thoroughly cleanse your face to remove any makeup, dirt, or excess oils. This ensures a clean surface for effective waxing.

  4. Avoid products: Refrain from applying any creams, lotions, or oils to your face before your appointment, as they can interfere with wax adhesion.

  5. Pain relief: If you have a low pain tolerance, consider using over-the-counter pain relief medication 30-40 minutes before your waxing session. However, always consult with your healthcare provider before taking any medication.


After Waxing:

  1. Soothe with a cold compress: After the waxing session, apply a cold compress or ice pack wrapped in a clean cloth to soothe any redness or minor inflammation.

  2. Avoid touching or scratching: It is important to resist touching or scratching the waxed area to prevent bacterial infections or irritation.

  3. Avoid sun exposure: Stay away from direct sunlight or tanning beds for at least 24 hours after waxing, as the skin may be more sensitive to UV rays and prone to sunburn.

  4. Avoid hot baths or showers: Hot water can irritate newly waxed skin. Opt for lukewarm water when washing your face and avoid hot baths or showers for at least 24 hours.

  5. Moisturize: Apply a gentle, non-comedogenic moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated after waxing. Avoid products with harsh or fragrant ingredients that may irritate the skin.

  6. Avoid makeup or fragrance: Give your skin time to breathe and recover by avoiding heavy makeup or scented products on the waxed area for at least 24 hours.

  7. Exfoliate after 48 hours: After 48 hours, gently exfoliate the waxed area to prevent ingrown hairs. Use a soft brush or exfoliating glove to remove dead skin cells and promote hair growth in the right direction.

  8. Regular maintenance: To maintain smooth skin, schedule your face waxing appointments every 4-6 weeks or as recommended by your esthetician.


Following these before and aftercare tips will help you achieve the best results from your face waxing session and ensure the health and comfort of your skin.


If you have any further questions or concerns regarding before or aftercare for face waxing or any other aspect of our services, please feel free to reach out to our team. We are here to assist you and provide guidance for an enjoyable waxing experience.

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