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Why exfoliation before waxing is important and different methods of exfoliation.

Ingrown hairs and acne after waxing are harsh potentialities where hair removal is concerned. Whether we use on you the soft wax or effective hard wax, these pesky waxing side effects can always be a factor. No skin type is exempt from the possibility of these issues because the accumulation of dead skin cells on the skin’s surface is a reality for everyone.

So, what do we do to help our clients avoid these annoying and often painful circumstances? Exfoliate. Yes, the answer seems simple, but exfoliating before waxing is a big step toward eliminating ingrown hairs. Among diet, hydrating, and other pre-wax care methods, exfoliation is at the top of the list. We’re here to break down the different methods to exfoliate before waxing and give you a step-by-step routine that can benefit all skin types wanting successful waxing services. 


As new skin cells develop, the older ones rise to the visible surface. While some of those skin cells shed naturally, many of them get caught up in a blend of sweat, dirt, and sebum. This layer can serve a purpose, adding more protection onto the skin, but just like a house guest, it can overstay its welcome. Exfoliating the skin at least once a week can stop this skin layer from clogging pores, a dull complexion, and dry, scaly skin patches. 

Skipping exfoliating skin before waxing inhibits wax’s ability to do its job, increasing hair breakage and acne after waxing and ingrown hairs. An exfoliant can not only prepare skin for a successful waxing service, but it also helps improve skin tone and texture, revealing the younger, more even skin underneath. There are many ways to exfoliate, and many of these methods should be practiced regularly, especially at least a day before a waxing appointment.


We want clients to remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells but not strip away beneficial bacteria and the skin’s protective acid mantle when they exfoliate skin before waxing. The following methods should be done gently to enhance the skin, not deplete it before their service. You should avoid more potent exfoliation methods like deep chemical peels, microdermabrasion, or intensive retinol treatments within a week of a hair removal appointment or more depending on how invasive the treatment is.

We recommend our clients do their exfoliation in tandem within a full skin and body care routine that includes moisturizing and hydration after.


Most of the advice below is gentle enough for daily exfoliation for all skin types, but we will use our best judgement when advising you during consultation time on how to exfoliate skin before waxing.


Using an exfoliating mitt or glove is one of the most popular methods of body exfoliation and a go-to for reducing ingrown hairs. Efficient in its purpose, these gloves gently remove dead skin off the surface. Giving oneself a light rubdown once every two to three days can work wonders for the skin.


Body Scrubs: Choose body scrubs meant to exfoliate skin before waxing and protect against minor inner hair growth. If skin shows some black dots, they might indicate hairs that have not broken through the skin’s outer surface. They are light exfoliators which tend to prevent the inner hair growth from going deeper. You can either use it daily or once every two days.

Facial Scrubs: Facial scrubs have always helped us eliminate the dead skin cells, making the skin appear fresh, light, and healthy. Although ingrown hairs are less common on the face, it is advised to scrub it before waxing to reduce potential breakouts. 

We recommend our clients to avoid scrubs made of crushed fruit pits as they are jagged and can create micro tears in the skin.

Loofahs and Sea Sponges

Loofahs and sea sponges are great for the entire body but preferred for exfoliating your back when attached to a back scrubber. This is popular amongst clients who are vulnerable to back acne and ingrown hairs. Light exfoliators can help you scrub off the dead skin and deal with inner hair growth if used frequently.

Chemical Exfoliators

If you face intense ingrown hair issues and no other method is working, we recommend using chemical exfoliators. These products are infused with salicylic acid or alpha-hydroxy acids, which target the dead skin cells and dissolve them. Sensitive skin clients shouldn’t use this method within 24-hours of waxing to avoid irritation.


Brushes for facial cleansing or dry brushing are highly popular choices when it comes to exfoliation. This method is excellent for acne-prone skin, but clients should avoid waxing or exfoliating with active fluid-filled lesions as they can spread bacteria. 

You can get away with a solid facial cleansing brush for cheap all over the internet! If you’re using a dry brush, invest in one that is washable, and it can last you for years.

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