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Spots after facial hair removal?

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CelticJuggler Mon 03-Mar-14 07:42:01

How do you stop the buggers? The big ones that are more like boils than spots.

I have tried epilating, waxing, threading and my most recent venture is using one of those big spring things (which is brilliant, pain free and actually works!).

I've tried doing it on warmed skin (to open pores) and cold skin. My skin is always clean before I start so that's not it, but I always end up with about 3-4 large spots the day after after hair removal which last for a good few days.

Help! I don't want to look like Grizzly Adams, but neither do I want to look like a join the dots puzzle!

Blueuggboots Mon 03-Mar-14 07:57:03

How quickly do you use any products after hair removal?
I don't wash my face or use moisturiser until a good 24 hours after waxing and that usually helps.

CelticJuggler Mon 03-Mar-14 10:32:28

I normally leave it for between 12 to 36 hours.

I usually get a late night appointment after work so 5pm to 7pm time period on a Thursday night (as I don't work on a Friday so I don't have to worry about any residual redness), then leave well alone until the next morning when I rinse my face (no products in case this was the reason); no makeup on until Saturday - or even Monday if it's a lazy weekend.

It's not my eyebrow area (I've been getting my monobrow dealt with for about 20 years) but my jaw/upper lip that's the bother. I'm currently sporting large lumpy spots which are ridiculously shiny.

Makes me feel hideous. sad

Joey8 Mon 03-Mar-14 11:13:21

Ah I feel you pain!

Im naturally really hairy and have to wax all the time! And I always get those spots afterwards and considering I wax a lot on my face - its not a good look!

I normally put sudocrem on but should I just be leaving it completely?

fooolofbeans Mon 03-Mar-14 11:19:04

I used to get this. Am v hairy.
Now I epilate practically ALL of my face (quick whizz over while face wash on daily means v few to remove) and v rarely get the post removal spots.

My method was as follows (no longer need it now, skin seems to have adapted)

At night before bed:
Would wash prior with face wash containing salicylate/salycylic acid leave in for 5 minutes, rinse, dry and then perform hair removal
(If you use wax strips and use the oily wipes to remove excess wax, wash the oil off with your face wash too)

and then crucially the final step, is a decent application of I over the counter spot cream. I used to use oxy10, just ask for the closest to it (it's no longer available).

Hope this helps gringrin

motherofluvlies Mon 03-Mar-14 11:36:39

I facial wash/exfoliate after threading...mostly does the trick...I think its ingrown hairs?

Mrsap Mon 03-Mar-14 11:41:36

Foool- when u say u epilate? Do you mean use a silkepil (??) type thing?

CelticJuggler Mon 03-Mar-14 12:35:15

I used to use my epilator with the sensitive attachment on. Now I use one of these and they're great (although not terribly accurate for smaller areas) and crucially - they're soundless barring my muttered curses so great for when you have guests for a few weeks and don't want to alert them to your hairy face!

It might be an ingrowing hair I guess; I'll try exfoliating after and report back.

fooolofbeans Mon 03-Mar-14 21:52:05

Yes mrsap I have a wet/dry cordless Braun epilator doofer, LOVE it!!smile

Mrsap Mon 03-Mar-14 22:00:00

Do you not get harsh/stubbly re growth? My youngest sister is terribly hairy and is at a loss. This would really sort her out.

Mrsap Mon 03-Mar-14 22:22:06

Sorry to hijack thread.

Whitetara Mon 03-Mar-14 23:00:34

I ensure the wax is all off, and skin clean, then I use Savlon straight after with nothing over it, and keep topping it up over the course of a few hours. Generally, I do this on a day when I don't need to wear any make up and I'm not going anywhere or do it in the evening.

MissAnnersleyismyhero Tue 04-Mar-14 08:01:01

I use pure witch hazel (you can get it in a glass bottle from boots for about £1.99) on a cotton pad, swipe it over the area a few times on the first day, works a treat.

Recently forgot to do this and have 2 large upper lip spots and an outlying one...

CelticJuggler Tue 04-Mar-14 10:21:58

I find with the epilator & the spring option the regrowth isn't stubbly at all; as the whole hair is taken out, the whole hair regrows so it's just as before IYSWIM.

I can't find any difference in colour, it's not darker or anything, other than the usual hairs that I'm trying to remove.

Just the blasted spots.

Will definitely try the witch hazel; I have some for toning but never thought to use it.

CelticJuggler Thu 06-Mar-14 07:39:43

Just investigated a lump under a really powerful light and a new magnifying mirror and there is a hair in there - so looks like I'm getting ingrowing hairs after removal.

I'm going to invest in an exfoliating facial scrub for before and then a few hours after I think!

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