My post-epilation tips for acne-prone sensitive skin are not at all limited to women who epilate their facial hair.
They can be used by those who wax or use threading as their preferred facial hair removal method.
These 3 methods have one thing in common:
They remove the hairs from the root, which can be quite irritating to a skin that’s already acne-prone and sensitive.
Why the Need for Post-Epilation Tips
Having a prone-to-acne or breakouts sensitive skin can be challenging, to say the least.
It not only makes the affected person to feel self-conscious about her appearance but it also complicates things when it comes to hair removal.
It’s definitely unpleasant, time-consuming, and expensive.
Especially when it comes to methods that remove the hairs from their follicles.
Which is why I came out with this post on which are my post-epilation tips for a prone to acne, sensitive skin.
These tips apply to waxing facial hair, as well. And to threading.
My post-epilation tips for acne-prone sensitive skin apply to all methods that involve removing hairs from the root.
These methods can irritate the sensitive facial skin and cause even more breakouts.
I have dry sensitive skin that’s very prone to breakouts.
I haven’t achieved the same level of success, especially on my jaw, but that’s the joy of adult acne and on being a person who stresses about everything.
I want share my advice, gained from personal experience, about what my beauty routine entails, both before removing my upper lip hair from the root and after.
Hair removal should be easy, even when talking about facial hair removal.
In theory, it’s simple.
For most women, removing facial hair is reduced to only choosing the devices that would best serve their needs.
Some women want something that doesn’t involve pain and they choose shaving (a taboo option still) or hair removal creams.
While others want something more long-lasting and they go for waxing or epilation or threading. The latter involves a professional and it’s a bit more gentle on the skin but the first two can be easily done at home.
For other women, like myself,
It’s also about adding some extra steps.
After you’ve removed the hairs from the root and your skin is silky smooth that’s where my post-epilation tips come in.
They address what should be done post epilation to prevent breakouts from storming our faces the next day(s).
6 Post-Epilation Tips for Sensitive Skin and for Avoiding Breakouts
When hair is removed from the root, that’s usually when breakouts happen for a person that’s already acne-prone.
These tips also apply to women who have sensitive skin and want to avoid any potential irritation.
You don’t need to follow all of them exactly.
I will tell you which are the most important:
- using a clean epilator (if you wax you are spared this step) – check out my post on how to clean your epilator (in short: wash the tweezers head, facial cap, and cleaning brush with hot water and pour rubbing alcohol over them)
- cleansing your face both before and after hair removal
- hydrating the face immediately after hair removal – you need to instantly sooth the irritated skin (applying an aloe vera gel before the moisturizer can really make an impact), the redness will be gone more quickly, too
There are additional steps that I follow but these are the basics of my post-epilation tips that shouldn’t be ignored at all.
I started out by using cold facial wax strips for my facial hair and continued to do so for many years.
Before that, I was using a pair of tweezers. I was a teenager who didn’t know better.
I only started epilating a few years ago and the transition didn’t pose any problems for me because my skin was already used to the shock caused by the hairs being pulled from their follicles.
I also have an intense daily hydration process because of my dry sensitive skin that needs extra maintenance.
I recommend starting out with threading or waxing and then trying out epilation.
My post-epilation tips still apply, call them post-waxing tips instead.
Tip 1. Get a Good Cleanser for Your Skin Type
Using a good cleanser or a face wash that’s designed for your skin type is essential.
It’s the foundation for a healthy skin and one of my most important post-epilation tips.
I wash my face both before and after epilation.
It was the same when I was using cold facial wax strips.
That’s beside the daily morning and night face cleansing. And, during these times, before and after wearing a mask.
It will help immensely in fighting breakouts.
I’m the living proof of that.
I used to use cold facial wax strips to remove my upper lip hair.
I use either my Silk Epil 7 or Silk Epil 9 with the facial cap attached. The Silk Epil 7 is slightly less painful but the Silk Epil 9 is really powerful and fast.
As a teenager, I experienced my fair share of zits.
As soon as I started using facial wax strips for my upper lip hair removal, the zits also appeared in that area a few days after.
A friend advised me to use a facial cleanser before and immediately after the hair was removed and to apply a thick layer of my usual facial cream.
As an adult, it seems that I suffer from even more breakouts, even though I’ve entered my thirties already.
Adult acne and health problems, especially gut problems, can do that to a person.
I use the cleanser before using my epilator and as soon as the hair removal is complete.
Pick a facial wash that is suitable to your skin type.
If you have dry sensitive skin, you don’t want to use one that will dry out the skin. That will lead to even more breakouts because it affects the skin barrier.
For me, that’s the successful recipe.
The facial cleanser that I’ve selected to recommend in this post on post-epilation tips for prone-to-acne sensitive skin is not exactly the cheapest.
You can choose between the 5 oz and the 8 oz tube.
The First Aid Beauty Pure Skin Face Cleanser is perfect for sensitive skin.
It’s sulfate-free and fragrance-free. It’s also oil-free. It’s for all skin types.
The ingredients are nourishing and hydrating, the FAB products are focused on incorporating the best ingredients:
- FAB Antioxidant Booster, which is a powerful botanical antioxidant blend comprised of licorice root, feverfew, and white tea extracts – they’re great at soothing irritated sensitive skin
- aloe and allantoin – two ingredients that sooth and nourish
- and it’s pH-balanced
If your budget is quite limited, I recommend a CeraVe facial wash.
They have the CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser (16 oz) that I love.
If you want an even more powerful face wash, you could try out the CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser, which contains 4% benzoyl peroxide, which is famous for its properties against breakouts, especially against mild to moderate pustules.
It has the potential of being quite irritating so, only use it once a day, preferably at night, and follow it with a deeply hydrating cream.
In the morning, use a more gentle facial cleanser, followed by a vitamin C serum, a moisturizer, and a sunscreen (or directly use a moisturizer with SPF to combine the last two into one product).
Check out my post on face washing tips for more in-depth on how it should be done and recommendations for the best facial washes.
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Bonus tip: Clean your epilator and your facial cap and even the cleaning brush that comes with the epilator with rubbing alcohol.
Tip 2. Calamine Solution + Aloe Vera Gel
If you have a really sensitive skin and, at the same time, one that’s prone to more than a couple zits per week, use this combination.
The calamine solution soothes the skin that has been either waxed or epilated.
The aloe vera gel is known for reducing inflammation, heals the tissue, and it treats acne.
Both of these fight acne and calm the skin.
That’s why this is a winning combination for post-epilation sensitive skin.
Apply the moisturizer a couple of minutes after massaging the aloe vera gel into the skin.
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Tip 3. Moisturize with a Facial Cream for Dry Sensitive Skin
There’s nothing better for soothing the skin than a nourishing facial cream.
Immediately after I epilate, I apply mine in a thick layer, more generous than I would use in normal circumstances.
Thanks to that, the redness is gone in under an hour. The skin is left smooth, hairless, and glowing.
Like cleansing, this is the actual post-epilation or post-waxing tip that you can’t escape.
Even if you don’t have acne-prone sensitive skin. But especially in that situation.
There are quite a lot of facial creams to choose from.
But I wanted to choose a product that most people can have access to, is affordable, and is primarily for dry sensitive skin.
The power of a moisturizer is in its ingredients.
My choice, the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Water Gel, has the following:
- hyaluronic acid, which is well know for attracting and retaining water for keeping the skin moist throughout the day and night
And that’s it.
This cream is focused on one ingredient, one that is known for its properties of attracting and holding onto 1000x its weight in moisture.
This is one of the most popular moisturizers for face. And very affordable.
Get the one for extra-dry skin.
It’s not actually a cream but a gel-cream. It just means that it gets absorbed quickly and really hydrates the skin.
It’s one of the best choices one could make.
If you can’t find this exact one, that’s not a problem. It can still serve as an inspiration as what to look for, which are the desirable ingredients to look for in a nourishing facial cream.
Another good choice is the La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Light Face Moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid but it’s a bit more expensive than the Neutrogena.
This is important:
If your skin is not hydrated properly, it can produce more oil to compensate for the lack of hydration, which in turns clogs out the pores even more, and leads to more breakouts.
It can be awful and the skin can get easily irritate from absolutely anything: from skincare products to even a drop in temperatures or living in an area with strong winds.
Removing hairs from their follicles will definitely irritate it if the skin barrier is weak.
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Tip 4. Try the Tend Skin Care Solution
And an excellent one to have around, for both men and women.
These are just a few of the reasons why I’m saying that:
- it is primarily a chemical exfoliator that’s used to prevent ingrown hairs and razor bumps
- it’s great for legs exfoliation but it can be used on the face, too
- it’s one of the most affordable chemical exfoliators, I don’t think it gets cheaper than this one
- you can apply it both before and after waxing/epilation
- definitely apply it after because it will also help reduce redness
- wait 5-10 seconds and apply an aloe vera gel followed by a facial cream (you can skip the aloe vera gel if you don’t have any)
- the main ingredient that makes it such a good exfoliator is acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin)
If you want a different chemical exfoliator, check out my next post-epilation tip.
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Tip 5. Exfoliate: Use a Chemical Exfoliator
If you’re already using the Tend Skin Care Solution, which is a chemical exfoliator, you can skip this post-epilation tip entirely.
Welcome to the fascinating world of facial chemical exfoliators.
Exfoliation removes dead skin cells, it clears out pores, and helps a lot with preventing breakouts.
It’s a very good step to incorporate in a beauty routine, even for those with dry sensitive skin.
Chemical exfoliators even help with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
They’re also more efficient that facial scrubs and more gentle of the skin.
I want to place emphasis on the word gentle.
If you use too much force on a sensitive skin that suffers from acne, you’re going to make the matter worse. Which can easily happen when using scrubs.
That’s not the case with chemical exfoliators, just follow the instructions, no matter which product you end up using.
There’s only good to be gained from it.
If you really want to do this, I recommend checking out the Glycolix Elite Glycolic Acid Treatment Pads first.
These pads are a great chemical exfoliator for a lot of reasons:
- they’re really affordable
- you get 60 pads so, they will last a long time
- in the beginning, you should only use them twice a week and increase the pace gradually – the manufacturer recommends using them 1-2 times daily but if you end up using a pad every other night, I think it’s perfect
- the pads are very easy to use: run them over your face and neck until the pad gets dry
- don’t rinse it off, the idea is to let the glycolic acid act overnight, to deeply penetrate the skin and remove the dead skin cells by breaking the bonds between them
- when you’re done with the pad, you can apply your toner if you use one (totally optional) but definitely apply a moisturizer or your usual night cream, and that’s it
- during the day, always wear a sunscreen, every day of the year
- the Glycolix Elite Glycolic Acid Treatment Pads contain glycolic acid, which is the most effective AHA (alpha hydroxy acid)
- these pads come in 3 concentrations (10%, 15%, and 20%) – for those with dry sensitive skin, the 10% is more than enough
- besides the glycolic acid, there are other ingredients that they incorporate and they all sound great: witch hazel, retinyl palmitate (like retinol but weaker), vitamin E (tocopheryl acetate), ascorbyl palmitate (a vitamin C derivative), Co-Q10
Another good exfoliator is the Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Salicylic Acid Exfoliant.
If you want even more choices, check out my post on the best face exfoliators, you will discover some awesome products for every skin type.
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Tip 6. Facial Masks
Consider using a facial mask.
There is a wide variety of facial masks that sooth and stimulate the skin.
The Aztec Indian clay mask is one of the best out there.
It’s actually incredible! And recommended for acne-prone skin.
It also has healing properties, it’s affordable, and you only have to use it once a week.
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Another option is to look up DIY recipes.
Make sure to choose one that will match your skin type, whether is homemade or not.
I’ve always suffered from breakouts.
They haven’t ever stopped but what I’ve always striven for is having a healthy-looking skin.
I don’t use any makeup so, that’s very important to me. A pimple here and there is fine but I want to overall look healthy and glowing.
All of the above tips have worked for me, whether I’ve waxed or epilated my facial hair.
I know that it sounds like a lot of work, on top of the actual work that goes into removing facial hair.
It has turned into a routine for me.
If all of that sounds like just too much for you, there’s another option.
You could use a facial razor, like the Tinkle razor.
It’s pain-free, cheap, good for peach fuzz and coarse hair, and it doesn’t irritate the skin because it doesn’t remove the hairs from the root, it just cuts them at the surface of the skin.
Maybe you have your own post-epilation or post-waxing tips for keeping a clean skin, free of any annoying acne, but I hope mine have proved helpful, as well.