WARNING: Waxing is never done on clients taking Accutane and is not recommended for clients taking Retin A, Renova, Differin or other types of skin thinning acne medications. Please read the label carefully and consult your dermatologist if you are taking any medication or using any topical cream that contains these medications. Individuals do react differently to these medications and sometimes waxing can be done if proper patch testing is completed.
Accutane (Acne medication) - You must be off this medication treatment course a minimum of one (1) year prior to waxing.
Adapalene (Acne medication)
Alustra (Retin A)
Avage (See Tazorac - Acne medication)
Avita (See Retin A)
Differin (Acne medication)
Isotretinoin (See Accutane)
Renova (See Retin A)
Retin A (Acne and Anti-aging medication)
Tazarac (Acne medication)
Tazarotene (See Tazorac)
Tretinoin (See Retin A)Contagious Skin Diseases or Disorder
Some skin diseases are not easily detectable and we rely upon client honesty. If a client discloses that they have a skin disease, and it is one that the therapist does not consider a contraindication to treatment, the following precautions must be taken:
Waxing must be performed with hard wax, not strip wax;
Wooden spatula must be used once only, and not both ends of the stick;
Gloves must be worn at all time;
All surfaces must be wiped thoroughly down with alcohol afterwards;
All metal instruments used during treatment, eg tweezers, must be sterilized in an autoclave.
CAUTION: If you are currently using any of the following, please inform your technician. These products can make the skin more sensitive. Thin, sensitive skin is more vulnerable to lifting and sensitivity during waxing.
Other Acne medications not listed above
Bleaching agents for hair (used mostly for upper lip)
Bleaching agents for pigmentation of skin (Hydraquinone, Trilumena)
Previous chemical depilatories such as Nair
Benzoyl Peroxide (ProActive)
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (Glycolic, Lactic)
Fractures, Sprains, and Broken Bones
If someone presents with fractures or broken bones, no body part is to be treated, as they could strain the break by tensing .
Visible Skin Trauma
If someone presents with visible skin trauma, the area is to be avoided. Lesions, Sores, and Open Wounds
Post-surgical scarring is very deep and takes a long time to heal fully.
For that reason, we do not wax over areas of scarring less than six months old, or that reopens periodically.
Keloid or Hypertropic Scarring
Clients who are genuinely prone to keloid or hypertrophic scarring must be thoroughly informed that there is a risk of skin trauma resultant from waxing, and that it is their decision if they go ahead with the treatment. These clients must only be treated by senior therapists, who have the final call on whether to perform the treatment or not.
Skin showing signs of redness from sun or solarium exposure must not be waxed.
Very Dry Skin
Skin damage or tearing can occur where skin is very dry, typically in men. In some instances, dry skin will attempt to absorb the moisture from the wax and this makes it very difficult to remove and heightens the chance of skin trauma. Extra caution should be taken with dry skin. Applying a very light layer of pre-wax oil before strip waxing is beneficial.
Thin skin can result for many reasons, such as diabetes, aging, use of prescribed skin care creams, and off-the-shelf depilatory creams and sprays. Extreme care is to be taken.
Pregnancy less than twelve weeks
While there is no medical evidence to suggest that waxing can harm an unborn child, it is wise to err on the side of safety during the first trimester of pregnancy. No waxing treatments are to be performed during that time.
While a client may not say that they are in pain during a wax treatment, it doesn’t mean that they are not. Severe pain presents in varied ways, including excessive sweating, body language, jerking, and while the client may seem at ease, unbearable pain puts both the client and therapist at risk.
Sunburned, irritated or areas with open skin cannot be waxed.
Moles cannot be waxed.
You must wait a minimum of seven (7) days before waxing after a light chemical peel or Microdermabrasion.
Waxing cannot be performed if you have been in a tanning booth the same day.
Waxing cannot be performed if you have had laser skin resurfacing within the past year.
Waxing cannot be performed if you have had a physician administered peel within the past two (2) years.
If irritation should occur, recommend you use an antibiotic ointment such as Neosporin to keep the area continually moist to avoid infection and scabbing.
We cannot perform waxing services if you have blood or skin disorders that would be exacerbated by hair removal, if you are at an elevated risk for infection, or if your immune system is compromised.
If you have any questions about whether waxing services are safe for you, please consult your doctor.
It is your responsibility to follow medical directives and disclose potential contraindications prior to receiving your service. All clients receive services at their own risk.