How to treat wax burns

September 5, 2020 3 min read

How to treat wax burns

Waxing is one of the most common methods that women opt to get rid of any unwanted hair from the body. The biggest reason why many choose to wax is that the hair grows back slowly.

Although it is quite popular, many also hesitate to try waxing as it does hurt a lot, and sometimes in unfortunate cases, you can also get wax burns.

Now, wax burns can be pretty painful! In severe conditions, wax burns can also leave scars on your skin. Don’t worry, we are not trying to scare you off or trying to change your mind regarding waxing.

Waxing can be done with the help of a professional or you can do it yourself as well. Usually, professionals know their work thoroughly but mishaps occur all the time, and there is a possibility that you may get wax burns. Also, many of you sometimes decide to try the at-home wax and end up with wax burns.

So, worry not because we are here to give you some tips about treating wax burns, preventing wax burns, and how best to avoid it.

If your burn area is more than you can handle, then you must go to the emergency room and get the required help.

Steps for treating wax burns at home and stop further skin damage and scarring

1. Give your skin the cooling effect with cold water

Firstly, you have to place the affected area in cold water for at least 20 minutes. Extreme cold water is also not recommended. In case you get a burn during facial wax, you need to soak a towel in cold water and place it on the affected area.

After this, you may apply only mild soap if available at that moment to clean the area. Use a clean, soft towel and gently pat the affected area dry. We strongly advise against using normal soap in this case, as it will only worsen the already damaged area.

2. Applying ice over the area

This step is only necessary if you still feel a burning sensation even after applying cold water. However, we advise you to wrap the ice cube with a piece of clothing. Direct application of ice over a fresh burn wound is a big NO!

Gently press the ice cube over the affected skin. What this does is, it helps to reduce the pain and inflammation.

3. Removing the wax attached to the skin

If you see any wax on your skin, then you can try applying petroleum jelly on that area. Let it stay for at least 10 minutes and gently attempt to remove the excess wax with a soft cloth. If you notice that your skin is getting pulled along with the wax, then we recommend you to stop trying.

Point to be noted, using oil as an alternative to petroleum jelly is not recommended. Applying oil over the wax burns can worsen the condition.

Another important point noteworthy while treating wax burns is if you see wax around blisters, then you should leave it that way. Blisters mean you need to seek medical help.

4 Apply Neosporin

Neosporin is an antibacterial product that is available in powder or ointment form. For better results, apply the ointment over the area and cover the damaged skin with clean medical gauze.

5. Use Aloe Vera or Honey for treating wax burns

The alternative of Neosporin is you can also apply pure aloe vera over the burned area.

Aloe Vera is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory properties and cooling effects. We often apply aloe vera to skin wounds as it increases the healing process.

How to treat wax burns

Apart from this, aloe vera also consists of anti-bacterial benefits. So, if you have the plant or have aloe vera gel, apply it over the area after cleaning.

If you don’t have aloe vera in any form, then you also apply a small amount of honey over the affected area.

6. Taking further care of wax burns

Since you are treating wax burns at home, you have to be patient and regularly clean and change the gauge at least twice a day.

Keep treating the wax burns for at least 3 to 4 days until you see the healing progress.

The don’ts of post-treatment of wax burns

There are certain mistakes that most people make when the wound starts to heal.

  • When you pat the wound dry with a towel, avoid rubbing it. Let it dry naturally.
  • When your wax burn wound heals gradually, damaged skin becomes dry and starts to peel off. At this phase, the area feels itchy, and you can’t seem to control scratching it. Now, you may feel relief on scratching the area but it is only disrupting the healing process.
  • Keep the burn area away from the sun. Exposing the injured area to the sun also disrupts the recovery stage. So, only if it is an emergency, you should step out in the sun and always apply sunscreen of SPF 30.

How long does it take to recover from wax burns?

Wax burns (first and second-degree) tend to heal in 3 weeks if proper care is taken. Regarding the wax burn scars, with time they do fade away. You can also try applying ointments that contain hydroquinone for this purpose. But we recommend you try consulting with your doctor as hydroquinone can irritate the area if you have sensitive skin.

Be prepared –There will always be a slight wax burn scar that won’t go away. Take it as a reminder to stay alert for the next time you go for waxing.

When you should be alarmed about wax burns?

If you notice that your wound is taking too long i.e. more than three to four weeks to heal or see pus-forming or any signs of infection, you must immediately see your doctor.

Waxing is hurtful enough and dealing with burns? Treating wax burns are indeed scary and you become prone to infections and lifelong scars. It’s just too much!

The thing is not everyone gets wax burns, it is simply due to human error. So, how to avoid wax burns?

Most commonly, some people microwave the wax while preparing it for hair removal. The minus point of microwaving is that the heat distribution may remain unequal which mostly causes the burns.

So, if you hesitate to go for waxing, then you can try other hair removal techniques as well.

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Candles are a lot of fun, but sometimes they can be a pain… Literally. I have experienced this more than a few times and I can verify candle wax burns. I looked into this and have a routine I follow whenever I get burned by candle wax, here it is. How to treat a candle wax burn?

Treat a candle wax burn by submerging the affected area into cold water for at least 20 minutes. Once the area is sufficiently cool, remove it from the water and clean away any remaining wax. Apply aloe several times a day and bandage if necessary. Ibuprofen can be taken for pain.

Never apply ice directly to a burn. The numbing sensation the ice gives you may feel better in the short term, but it will further damage the tissue. This will only cause you more pain in the long run.

Why cold water?

Candle wax is hot enough to cause second-degree burns. Cold water not only eases the pain, but it can help prevent blistering.

Remember cold, not freezing!

Second Degree Burn Symptoms

  • Redness
  • Blisters
  • Discolored
  • Painful
  • Appears wet or shiny

Alternative Treatments

Not every treatment is possible for every person, every burn and every situation. Let’s take a look at some alternatives.

What if I cant submerge it?

If the burn is on a part of your body that can not be submerged in water then you should soak a towel in cold water and place it on the burn.

Change it out as many times as necessary so that the towel is still cold while being pressed against the burn.

What if I don’t have aloe?

If you do not have aloe it is suggested you use an alternative ointment such as petroleum jelly.

It is suggested that antibiotic ointments not be used as they can sometimes cause allergic reactions in certain people.

Can’t bandage it?

If it is someplace that you can’t bandage it then make sure you keep it clean. Any blister or break in the skin creates a chance that infection can occur.

Should you see a doctor?

Wax melts at temperatures between 115° F and 145° F so second degree burns are generally all you will see and a doctor is not necessary.

With that said, depending on the size and area covered by the burn you may want to consult with your doctor.

Sometimes the peace of mind it brings is worth the visit.

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The Temperatures

Paraffin Wax melts at 115° F

Soy Wax melts at 120° F

Beeswax melts at 145° F

You can see from the above numbers the most severe burns will be caused by Beeswax.

How do these burns occur?

If you currently have a burn, it is likely you already know. If you are just here reading about it, lets look at some potential causes.


Water interaction with hot candle. A few drops of water on a hot candle or a hot candle container can carry the potential to trigger a hot wax disaster.

Your candle can literally explode if you get it wet while it is really hot.

Knocked Over

Candle is knocked over and you reach for it without thinking.

If your candle is falling, just let it go. No amount of wax on the floor is worth the pain the candle will cause you.

If you are worried about the clean-up, look here and look at an article I wrote called How To Remove Candle Wax – The Ultimate Guide.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do wax burns last?

Wax burns can last for a few weeks before they completely heal. It may take a few weeks longer than that for any remaining marks to begin fading away. Once the burn has healed you can begin applying cream to help reduce the appearance of any marks.

What treatment is best for candle wax burn marks?

Apply antibacterial ointment to the burn area while it is healing. Once it has healed you may begin applying aloe vera to the area to help reduce any redness or remaining marks.

Should you cover a burn or let it breathe?

Loosely bandage a burn to to reduce air to the burn, reduce pain and keep it clean and to help make sure your antibacterial ointment does not come off.

What happens when you pour water into a candle?

If you pour water into a hot candle it is likely you will get burned by hot wax. Pouring water into a hot candle can cause the wax to pop and even potentially cause the candle to explode if it is hot enough. If this happens hot wax can potentially spread two to three feet outward from the container.


While candles are beautiful and fun to look at they carry the potential to cause you a lot of pain or worse. Make sure you have a proper candle holder, sitting in a secure place.

Never try to handle the candle with wet hands and never try to extinguish the flame with water. That is a disaster waiting to happen.

Just take some preventative measures and you can enjoy your candles, burn free, for years to come.

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Hot wax has long been a favorite method of hair removal. While this procedure was once left to the cosmetology professionals, it is now performed regularly in many homes. Unfortunately, if the wax is overheated it can burn the skin. Wax burns occur in other ways as well, such as from spilled candles 1. However the wax gets on your skin, the home remedies treating the resulting burn injury remain the same.

If you are experiencing serious medical symptoms, seek emergency treatment immediately.

When you’ve been burned by hot wax, immediately submerge the affected area in cool water for at least 20 minutes. Once the burn site has cooled, remove the injured skin from the water and try removing the cooled and hardened wax. If it lifts off easily, remove it completely. If it remains firmly affixed to the skin or causes undue pain in the removal process, leave it in place temporarily. Cover the injury site with a cold, damp cloth and let it rest for 10 minutes.

  • When you’ve been burned by hot wax, immediately submerge the affected area in cool water for at least 20 minutes.


How to Treat Burns Caused by Boiling Water

Remove the wet cloth and examine the burn. Treating the burn properly requires evaluating the extent of the damage. If the area is red and painful and contains no damaged areas that are larger than a quarter, it is probably safe to treat your burn at home. However, if the edges of the burn are either white or black, if you can see muscle or bone, or if you have any burned areas larger than a quarter, you must seek professional medical help. This is also advisable if the burns are on your face, feet, hands, or pelvic region 12.

  • Remove the wet cloth and examine the burn.
  • However, if the edges of the burn are either white or black, if you can see muscle or bone, or if you have any burned areas larger than a quarter, you must seek professional medical help.

If your wax burn is safe to treat at home, remove any remaining wax. If the wax is positioned near a blister, leave it alone; attempting its removal may cause the blister to break, increasing your odds of infection. If there is no blistering, slather the wax in petroleum jelly. Rub it in gently, working it into the surface of the wax. Wait 10 minutes to allow the wax to soften and then wipe away with a tissue. Clean the injury site with soap and water to remove any traces of petroleum jelly.

  • If your wax burn is safe to treat at home, remove any remaining wax.


How to Treat Wax Hair Removal Burns

Once the wax has been removed, dab a bit of vitamin E oil or aloe vera gel on the injured area. These compounds contain elements that soothe the burning sensation and promote healing of damaged skin. Next, coat a sterile dressing with a light layer of honey and cover the wounded area. Honey has natural antibacterial properties that helps prevent skin infections. Change the dressing, applying more aloe or vitamin E, at least three times daily. If your burn has not healed in two weeks, or shows signs of infection (such as increased redness at the burn site or foul smelling discharge from the wound) seek emergency medical assistance immediately.

How to treat wax burns

How to treat wax burns

I am very, very particular about my eyebrows. I never let anyone touch them. Not makeup artists (I always ask to do my own). Not threaders. Not waxers. I tweeze them myself with a light hand. When a renowned celebrity brow shaper from LA was coming to New York recently, however, I decided to break my rule because her Instagram photos showed off incredibly thick, precise, arches and deeply satisfying befores and afters.

All was going well until we did the area between my brows and a thin layer of skin ripped off, causing stinging, swelling, and redness. It was my fault, not hers—my guess was that it happened because I was using retinol (more on that later) and I also didn’t disclose I was using any retinol products (rookie mistake). I left loving the new shape of my brows but with two small, raw patches of skin at the top of my nose and under my right brow. I panicked, wondering if I’d scar or if everyone would be staring at the glaring wounds on my face.

The happy ending here is that it healed up in just four days and left zero marks. My skin is even-toned and good as new. But, I made sure to take every measure I possibly could to ensure I didn’t damage my skin. Ahead, I break down everything I did—and add in advice from two experts, dermatologist Dr. Melissa K. Levin, founder of Entiere Dermatology, and dermatologic surgeon, Dr. Dendy Engelman, in case you find yourself in the same unfortunate position.

How to treat wax burns

The Mistake: Using Retinol Products Before My Wax

What I did: Keep applying prescription-strength retinol even up to the night before my wax appointment instead of taking a break.

What the experts say: “Topicals that thin out the skin should be absolutely avoided before a wax. That includes any strong acids and topical retinols/retinoids one to two weeks before” Levin says. Engelman agrees, suggesting against using not only prescription retinoids, but also over the counter products with retinol. “If you are just starting a retinoid or retinol, I recommend avoiding waxing for the first two weeks as the skin acclimates.”

“If you are receiving in-office treatments like microdermabrasion, acid peels – you should also let your aesthetician know,” Levin adds.

Immediately After the Wax: Protect the Skin

What I did: Right after my appointment, I cleansed the area with just water and rushed to a drugstore to get Neosporin (it is an open wound, after all). I wanted to avoid infection, first and foremost, so I coated the problem areas with a thin layer of an antibiotic. Then, I made sure to avoid applying makeup—which was so hard for me! I felt self-conscious about the redness, but I cared more about my longterm skin goals instead of covering it up right away.

On top of the antibiotic, which I applied in the morning and at night, I also made sure to use ample sunscreen on the affected areas (and all over, of course). My current favorite is Supergoop’s Superscreen Daily Moisturizer, which feels creamy and super hydrating and not like a chalky, white sunblock at all.

How to treat wax burns

What the experts say: “Immediately cleanse the affected area with Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser and apply an antibacterial cream (bacitracin or mupirocin), oral NSAIDs for pain, a topical barrier like Aquaphor,” Levin suggests. She also warns against using any scented products which could further irritate the skin. Engelman adds that you should layer on a moisturizing salve like Vaseline Petrolatum or Cerave Healing Ointment.

As expected, both derms stressed the importance of sunscreen. Engelman says strict sunscreen use and avoiding the sun will “prevent scarring and post-inflammatory discoloration.”

Days 1-3 After the Wax: Keep the Skin Moisturized

What I did: I relied heavily on a facial mist and kept spritzing the waxed areas throughout the day. I used Avéne Thermal Spring Water, in particular, which is known to not only be refreshing but have incredible healing properties. My coworker Angel has waxed poetic about the way it simmers down hives, itch, and flare-ups at the onset, and there’s been studies that show how the water helps speed up skin repair for burns and eczema. I decided adding it to the routine didn’t hurt, and it provided much relief when the scabbed-over skin started itching.

What the experts say: Turns out, I was right to think keeping the skin moist was a key step. “Keep the area moist and as new skin starts to come out, you can apply Bio Oil to help prevent scarring,” Engelman suggests.

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Waxing is a technique regularly used to groom the eyebrows. Heated wax is applied to the undesired eyebrow hairs. Once the wax has bonded with the hairs, it is then quickly pulled off (usually with a small piece of muslin cloth), taking the unwanted hairs with it. Since hot wax is generally used in the waxing process, minor burns or irritation can sometimes occur. If you have eyebrow wax burns, there are various steps you can take to treat the affected skin. However, if the burned skin is broken or blistered seek medical attention.

Place a cold compress on the affected area. Soak a washcloth in cold water or wrap an icepack in a soft towel. This will cool the area, helping to lessen the impact of the burn. It will also reduce swelling and alleviate pain. Do not apply ice directly to burned skin. This can irritate it.

Spread aloe vera gel on the eyebrow wax burn. Aloe vera gel is a natural treatment, regularly used to soothe burned skin. For an added cooling effect, refrigerate the aloe vera gel before applying it. Choose natural aloe vera gel that is free of added dyes or fragrances.

Use antibiotic ointment on the area. This will prevent infection. However, if skin is broken or blistered, seek medical attention.

Take acetaminophen, aspirin or ibuprofen to relieve pain and swelling. You can find these over-the-counter medications at your local drug store.

How to treat wax burns

Removing a wax mark from face is one of those things most people who wax regularly have to come to deal with at least once in their lives. Waxing is a wonderful, relatively long-lasting and inexpensive method of removing hair. However, you need to know what you are doing when you use wax as you can seriously damage your skin and leave wax burn marks on skin. Waxing a sensitive skin can be particularly hard, so your aestheticism should be made aware of your skin type and adapt the wax temperature accordingly in order not to produce any wax spots on face.

Wax burn marks on skin can be embarrassing, especially if they appear on face. The good news is, in most cases you can get rid of wax marks on face without undergoing surgery. So, stay tuned as today on OneHowTo we explain how to remove wax marks from face.

First of all, it depends on what kind of wax mark on skin you’ve got. If the wax took part of your skin off and it looks like you have a hole, maybe you should see a dermatologist as to get rid of that kind of wax mark you may need a lipo transfer.

The second factor to take into account to remove wax marks from face is how old the wax spot is. If you have recently waxed and want to get rid of wax burn marks on face, you should immediately apply ice cubes to the area, if you have aloe vera ice cubes, all the better. That way, the wax burn mark will be less likely to appear and will be lighter.

Bear in mind that it can take weeks or even several months to get rid of wax marks on face, you can use the method described below to make healing quicker and more effective.

The second step to take to remove wax marks from face is to apply a moisturizing lotion to the wax mark on skin. Once your wound has healed, you should keep it as hydrated as possible. Among the best moisturizers to remove wax marks from face we find:

  • coconut oil
  • almond oil

You should apply the moisturizer to the wax spots on face massaging deeply everyday for several weeks.

Home remedies to remove wax marks from face

  • onion extract: onion has been proved to reduce red waxing marks. You can either squash an onion and apply the liquid to the wax burn marks on face and leave it on for one hour, or you can buy a scar removal cream containing onion extract from your pharmacy. You will need to apply onion extract for several months in order to get rid of wax marks on face.
  • aloe vera gel: this is another product that works very effectively on wax burn marks on face. Aloe will also prevent external bacteria from affecting your wax burn scar. You should apply the gel twice a day.
  • fenugreek seeds: soak them in water for several hours and then grind the mixture. Apply it on face and leave it on for one hour.
  • honey
  • Vaseline: apply it every night before going to bed to the wax marks on face. It will speed up healing and prevent hyperpigmentation.

Tip: although many would suggest you apply lemon or tomato juice on your wax spots on face, we do not recommend you do it as it might make your wax scar worse by irritating it.

How to treat wax burns

Medical remedies to remove wax marks from face

  • 1% hydrocortisone: you can apply it 3 times a day to get rid of waxing spots on face
  • good medications include: hydroquinone, arbutin, azelaic acid, vitamin C.
  • alpha hydroxy acid cream can also help heal the scar. The alpha hydroxy acid content should be low to avoid irritation. This kind of product works as a skin exfoliant, forcing new healthy layers of skin to appear. Do not apply on a recent wound.
  • if your wax scar on face is thick, you can apply silicon gel on it to make it smoother.
  • If you have dark waxing marks on skin caused by melasma or skin trauma, Melarase creams can help you to remove wax marks on face
  • hyperpigmentation scars can be treated by specific creams that even the color. Ask your dermatologist about it.
  • dermatologists suggest pulsed dye laser to regain the normal skin color on your wax mark on skin
  • You may need a laser resurfacing procedure or chemical peel to get rid of red waxing marks
  • microdermabrasion, collagen or fat transfers are all procedures your dermatologist will be able to advise on and perform to help you remove wax marks from face

An important factor for getting rid of wax marks on face is you should not touch it, and especially scratch it. If you erode the deep skin layers, you could make your wax scar on face become permanent.

Also, ALWAYS apply sunscreen to your wax burn marks on face to prevent the scar from becoming permanent. The sun activates skin cells, melanocutes, to produce more pigment, hence your scar will look darker if you do not protect it from the sun. Then it will be difficult to remove such dark wax marks from face.

Lastly, the best suggestion we can give you is to always asses the wax temperature on your hand before applying wax on face. Also, stress how important it is that the wax temperature must be adequate to your beautician, telling them your skin is very sensitive. The strength of the hair removal procedure should also be moderate.

How to treat wax burns

If your wax mark on face does not disappear, or if you think your scar is very deep, it is best to consult a dermatologist who will make you undergo a topographic examination and then advise you on medical procedures you can use to remove wax marks from face.

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How to treat wax burns

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Many women prefer to remove facial hair with wax as it can give good results. Eyebrows, upper lip, the area right next to the sideburns, and closer to the cheeks: We’re not talking about any of these areas, they’re very sensitive, and they’re completely exposed. Whatever happens to your face will be very noticeable. Unfortunately, if we develop any unwanted symptoms or reactions after a facial waxing treatment, it will be painful because of how sensitive the area is—not to mention that it would be embarrassing. You’ll definitely feel self-conscious about patches of burnt, scaly, or scaly skin on your eyebrow, upper lip, or cheekbone! Skin damage that occurs after waxing can also leave a permanent scar if it is not taken care of properly.

Possible signs of skin damage after waxing

Skin damage after waxing can cause several symptoms, including burning, rashes, and irritation, scaling of the skin, red bumps, or an elevated skin temperature. Ingrown hairs are also possible after a waxing procedure, and they won’t clear up until at least a week after the procedure.

Irritation: This uncomfortable sensation usually means that the skin is overreacting to the procedure. The outer layer of the skin is pulled and pulled when the hair is pulled out, and the deeper layer of the skin contains hair follicles that can also be sensitive when the hair is pulled from the root. Sometimes, the ingredients of a particular wax can cause an allergic reaction to your skin, resulting in irritation.

Rash: The skin pores can become swollen due to the reasons mentioned above. A rash may also indicate that there is an allergic reaction to the ingredients of the wax used.

Scaling: The outer layer of the skin may begin to peel off; This is an indication that it has been damaged. Eventually, this dead skin is loosening up. f you do this you are unnecessarily exposing the newly formed layer of skin, which is still soft and delicate, to external hazards.

Red bumps: This occurs when an inflammatory reaction occurs in the hair follicles during the waxing process that pushes the hair out. Hair is attached to living tissue, and this tissue can become inflamed when the hair is pulled out. It should not last more than a few hours or a few days. If the burning persists for more than three days, it needs medical attention. If your skin feels hot and the red spots turn into large pimples with white centers, the inflammatory response can turn into folliculitis, an infection of the hair follicles. This medical condition should be treated by a dermatologist.

Rest and Repair Your Skin After a Wax Burn

Unfortunately, waxing accidents do happen. If your facial skin is already damaged, don’t panic. Now that you know the types of damage your skin can do, you can take appropriate steps to reduce the consequences of the damage to restore the health and appearance of your skin and help it heal quickly. Huh. What can be done?

For burns from wax in general, the following are the first steps of care that you should follow. If the redness is superficial, it can subside very quickly — usually within minutes or hours of waxing. After applying this process twice, you should see a noticeable improvement. Otherwise, you may have to spend more time following this care routine. If you do not see improvement or do not notice other symptoms, be sure to consult a doctor.

1. Remove excess wax from the skin and clean the area

This step is applicable when there is significant damage to the skin immediately after the wax strip is pulled out. Most likely the waxing process will have to be stopped. If any wax residue is still stuck to the skin, apply petroleum jelly very gently and use clean gauze to wipe it off. Post-depilatory can also help.

2. Use a cold compress

Take a soft cloth and soak it in cold water. Then apply it to the affected area. A 1/1 mixture of water and milk (milk burns) is a substitute for water. An ice pack can also work well. Keep Cool Compress running for anywhere between 5 to 20 minutes. Allow the moisture of the compress to dry on its own. Do not rub it dry. Try not to apply excessively cold water or ice directly to the skin, as it will feel uncomfortable on sensitive skin.

3. Apply a topical antibiotic

Over-the-counter antibiotic creams like Neosporin can keep the area from becoming infected. A thin layer of the cream should be enough to protect the area.

Your skin may start scaling anywhere between two to seven days after the wax burns. If it does, don’t peel it! You should only remove the hanging edges, which are dead skin that is no longer in contact with the new skin. Be sure not to peel off the rest of the skin too quickly.

4. Apply soothing lotions or oils

You may want to continue applying special skin treatments to protect and nourish your skin until it fully recovers. You can apply pure essential almond, coconut, or rose oil—all three have emollient and moisturizing properties.

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There are several different ways to get rid of stubborn, unwanted hair on your body, including your eyebrows, your upper lip, your bikini line, or your legs, and waxing is an excellent option. “Waxing, unlike shaving or depilatory creams, removes hair from the root,” explains Michele Green M.D., a cosmetic dermatologist in New York City. “It takes longer to grow back and is a more permanent solution, though the hair will eventually grow back.” Yes, waxing can be an effective, long-lasting option, but it also comes with some risks. You need to heat most waxes before you apply them, and if you get your wax too hot or leave it on too long, you can burn yourself. “Burns can be painful, [and] when left untreated a burn can lead to infection,” Green explains. “Burn symptoms vary depending on the severity or degree of the burn. Symptoms are often worse during the first few hours or days after the burn; symptoms include blisters, pain, swelling, white or charred (black) skin, and peeling skin.”

There are three types of burns: first, second, and third-degree that can be diagnosed by a medical professional. Green says the first two can usually be treated at home, but if your burn is third degree, seek medical care as it can cause life-threatening issues. Usually, a waxing mishap at home causes a first or second-degree burn. If this happens to you, don’t worry. There are simple steps you can take to treat it.