Threading is thought to be the best alternative to waxing and tweezing because it is gentle on the skin. However, those with sensitive skin may experience some redness after the treatment, which should be temporary. If you experience discomfort, apply a cold compress to the affected area, followed by a toner or cooling gel containing aloe vera or witch hazel.
Those with extra sensitive or rosacea-prone skin should adhere to the following guidelines to avoid soreness, skin irritation, or breakouts (which are extremely rare!) after a full face threading:
Avoidance activities include:
The hairs on the face are extracted from the follicle, leaving the skin's pores open for at least 2 to 3 hours.
For the next 2-4 hours, avoid touching the treated area.
For 2-4 hours, no make-up or perfumed products should be worn.
For at least 24 hours, avoid steam treatments or heat sources such as sun bathing / tanning beds, hot baths, or sauna.
Swimming and spray tanning should be avoided for 24 to 48 hours after threading.
Wash the treated area gently with antibacterial face wash.
Choose a toner containing witch hazel, which contains catechol tannins that help reduce the size of pores and push dirt out. Choose a toner containing salicylic acid, which not only breaks down the oil in the clogged hair follicle but also aids in the killing of bacteria.
Other beneficial ingredients include Neosporin cream, tea tree oil, and anti-inflammatories such as chamomile, aloe vera, and allantoin.
What to do if you have a breakout:
To relieve swelling and itching, apply a hydrocortisone cream.
Squeezing the pimples is not advised. This can result in an infection or spread the bacteria to other parts of your face.
Consult a board-certified dermatologist if the pimples worsen or do not disappear. A prescription-strength antibiotic or topical cream may be required.
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