Causes of Rash during Upper Lip Waxing and Its Home Remedy

Facial hair is a normal sight in men and though facial hair is prominent in some women, measures are taken to help remove it such as lip waxing. While most wax or hair removal products are developed for sensitive skin there are some women who react to the wax.

The common symptoms of a rash include the presence of red bumps, itching, and redness. The condition usually resolves by itself but with treatment, the rash can heal at a much faster rate giving way to smooth and hair-free skin.

Lip Waxing Rash

A skin rash can develop shortly after waxing for the first time or when a person has not waxed for a long period of time.

  • Lip waxing is done to remove unwanted facial hair that develops over the lips.
  • Among the common side effects of lip waxing, rash and redness are the common side effects.
  • A rash develops from a reaction to the wax or as a result of the hair removal.
  • The rash and redness can subside with conservative treatment but there are preventive measures that can help avoid its development.
  • Other side effects of waxing include:
    • Loss of skin elasticity and suppleness.
    • Formation of wrinkles
    • Subcutaneous bleeding
    • Skin darkening
    • Burns
    • Skin infection
    • Allergic skin reactions.
    • Ingrown hair formation.
  • Preventive measures to avoid lip rashes from waxing include:
    • The skin should not be greasy or dry before waxing.
    • Avoid direct sunlight exposure 24 hours prior to waxing.
    • Check the temperature of the wax before applying to the skin.
    • Avoid waxing if taking Vitamin A skin care products.
    • Avoid waxing if skin is burnt, broken, infected or irritated.

Upper Lip Waxing Rash Remedy

When a rash develops shortly after waxing, the following remedies can be done to soothe the symptoms:

  • Apply cool water or ice over the swelling or the rash. Do this for 10-15 minutes and re-apply to keep the temperature steady.
  • Wash hands with antibacterial soap to avoid infecting the broken or irritated skin.
  • Tea tree oil or vitamin E can be applied to the affected skin. Vitamin E and tea tree oil can help soothe the rash and help heal the skin.
  • Avoid applying harsh soaps, skin solutions or make-up to the broken or irritated skin.
  • Apply antibiotic ointments/creams or cortisone-containing creams when indicated by a doctor.
  • Continue the treatment as indicated by the doctor or continue the home remedies until the rash disappears.