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Skin Lift and Burn from Waxing

Waxing Updated January 12, 2021

Waxing is generally safe for most skin types but not recommended in certain circumstances where you can be prone to skin lifting or wax burns. 

It is important to communicate any changes to your skincare routine or medications prior to your waxing treatment. If you are unsure, try our unique Sensitive Hot Wax which is much more gentle on the skin. Especially for sensitive areas such as the face, brows, bikini or Brazilian. If you are prone to skin lift, chat with your Beauty Therapist about our different options including Sensitive Hot Wax or Tweezing.

How to treat lifted skin from waxing:

  1. Apply Bepanthen 3-4 times a day (this is a cream that you can buy from most chemists).
  2. Keep the affected area moist, we recommend using Soothe Hydrating & Cooling Serum. Apply overnight for soothing relief!
  3. Stay out of the sun.
  4. Apply sunscreen to the area.
  5. Do not apply make-up with hands or dirty sponges/brushes.
  6. Call or visit your Beauty Therapist, they will be able to provide you with the best advice.

It may feel like a burn, sunburn or chafing and may form a scab. The time that a wax burn or skin lift will take to heal depends on how well you look after the area, it will most likely go away within a week.

Excess sweat:

Your Beauty Therapist will do their best to cleanse your skin during the treatment to remove excess oils or sweat. However, it can be difficult to manage sweat if you’ve just been to the gym, sauna or the beach on a hot summer’s day.

Skin treatments or skincare:

If you have had chemical or laser peels, skin needling, microdermabrasion, filler or anti-wrinkle injections in the past 2 weeks tell your Beauty Therapist. Your skin may be more sensitive. If you have been using AHA or BHA chemical exfoliating skincare your skin may be thinner than usual making it more prone to skin lifting from waxing. 

Mature skin:

Your Beauty Therapist may recommend Sensitive Hot Wax or will work with you to support the skin being waxed.


Waxing can still be performed when taking most medications, however, there are a few medications, creams and ingredients which need to be avoided as they thin the skin or make the skin excessively dry, making you more at risk of skin lift.

These can include:



Cortisone Cream

Accutane (Acne medication)

Adapalene (Acne medication)

Alustra (Retin A)

Avage (Acne medication)

Avita (Retin A)

Azelex (Peeling agent)



Differin (Acne medication)



Glycolic Acid

Isotretinoin (like Accutane)




Renova (Retin A)

Retin A (Acne and Anti-aging medication)

Salicylic Acid

Tazarac (Acne medication)

Tazarotene (Tazorac)


Tretinoin (Retin A)

Vitamin A

If you are unsure as to whether your current medication will prevent you from having waxing, please consult your doctor before making an appointment.

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