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Waxing Cautions

Please read carefully.


I’ll ask you to list all medications and recent treatments on your intake form. I’m happy to look up any products or medications you’re using to provide a safe treatment. The following areas help caution you on waxing treatments if your skin is contraindicated (i.e., not suitable to receive). Consult a dermatologist before seeking treatment if you don’t see your medication on this list.




This list is not complete but are well-known to cause an adverse reaction with waxing treatments, so timing and caution must be used:


Two weeks to one year -

  • Acne medication

    • Accutane / Isotretinoin*

    • Adapalene

    • Avage (See Tazorac - Acne medication)

    • Avita (See Retin A)

    • Differin

    • Isotretinoin / Accutane

    • Tazarac (Acne medication)

    • Tazarotene (See Tazorac)

  • Retinoids / Retinols / Vitamin A Derivatives:

    • Alustra (Retin A)

    • Avita (See Retin A)

    • Renova (See Retin A)

    • Retin A

    • Tretinoin (See Retin A)

  • Bleaching agents

    • for hair (on face)

    • pigmentation of skin (Hydroquinone, Trilumena)

  • Chemical depilatories (Nair)

  • Oral Antibiotics

  • Topical Antibiotics

  • Other medications


Two to three days -

  • Benzoyl Peroxide

  • Hydroxy Acids (Lactic, Citric, Salicylic Acid, etc.)

  • Other exfoliants (Scrubs)


*You cannot receive a waxing treatment if Accutane / Isotretinoin is used within last 6 – 12 months

Skin Issues


You can’t receive a waxing treatment on:

  • Sunburned or areas with open skin

  • Moles

  • recently tanned from sunbathing or indoor tanning

  • laser skin treatments within the past year 

  • certain medications (see above)


Use caution after the treatment for:

  • 7 days - light chemical peel or microdermabrasion

  • 24 hours – heat, lash / brow tinting, cosmetics, deodorants

  • 48 hours – direct sun exposure, sunbathing, or tanning beds

  • 72 hours – harsh scrubs or exfoliants

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