5 Ways to Make Waxing Less Painful

MakenzieR on 10 Jan 2012 at 6:00pm

Tip-sy Tuesday

You know what I don’t believe?  Women who say bikini waxing “isn’t that painful.” I truly think they’re full of it.  Maybe, MAYBE, they’ve been through something so painful that waxing really isn’t that bad.  But come on, someone is RIPPING hairs out of one of the more sensitive areas of your body. Thick hairs.

When I wax I try to do everything possible to minimize the ouch.  But I keep getting mixed messages -- some estheticians told me to take Advil or Tylenol, others said don’t take it because you bleed more.  Such mixed messages! 

So I went to the medical professionals -- skin professionals, I might add.  Here’s what the RealSelf docs had to say about making waxing less traumatic.

painful waxing“Make sure your hair is trimmed and about 1/4 inch in length to ensure no excessive "pulling" is needed,” says Dr. Philip Young.




painful waxing“Topical anesthesia with 4% lidocaine can help take the edge off,” says Dr. Hassan Galadari. You can ask your physician to prescribe it, and make sure you put in on 45 minutes prior to the procedure.



painful waxingRegular face washing exfoliates the face for eyebrow waxes, but prior to leg, bikini, or anywhere else below the neck, make sure to use a body scrub at least a few hours beforehand.  By removing the dead skin cells you provide an easier exit for the hair.






painful waxingHigh acidity in your body can make skin more sensitive.  Refrain from caffeine and alcohol for at least 3 hours before your wax.  Drink lots of water, and maybe pop a few antacids like Tums 20 minutes prior.






painful waxingYes, they are okay to take 30-60 minutes beforehand.  Our docs say acetaminophen (Tylenol) is the better choice over ibuprofen (Advil), but either will help take the edge off.

Apparently ibuprofen does prolong bleeding, and is not recommended before a more invasive procedure.  But my main lesson from the docs was that if my beautician is worried about me bleeding a lot during waxing, I should find a new one.



Also interesting:

  • Don’t use ice to numb -- it constricts the follicles.  Instead, hold a warm washcloth to the area for a few minutes.
  • There is a woman who can give herself a Brazilian wax (she must be a Yogi).

Do you have any other tips/tricks to better wax experience?

Photo credits: office.microsoft.com; Schick; shopmedvet.com; office.microsoft.com (last 3)