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Old 05-19-2010, 08:49 PM
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eyebrow waxing mishap... what can i do?

I went to get my eyebrows waxed yesterday at a new place bc my regular lady was booked up. I don't know what the heck the girl did, but I came home with a big red scar the entire length of my eyebrow about 1/2 inch below the bottom of my eyebrow. I don't think it is from a wax burn because the wax didn't feel too hot, but i think she must have done something weird and stripped some skin off where she wasn't supposed to. I don't think I even had any hair where the mark is! It looks like a burn though. What can I do to avoid getting a permanent scar there? So far I've just been putting vaseline on it, mostly to alleviate the soreness.

Oh and you better believe I called back today to complain. I wish I could warn future clients about her!
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Old 05-19-2010, 09:23 PM
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Sounds like she didn't rip the strip off correctly. If you rip up instead of directly back against the grain of hair and the way the strip was placed, you can end up with bruising and/or tearing a layer of skin off. Sounds like a layer was torn off.
I would continue to put the vaseline and you could also try putting some vitamin e, straight from a capsule on it. Aloe is also very healing, you can get aloe gels. Try that. Hope it gets better!
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Old 05-20-2010, 09:20 AM
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Are you using a retinoid?

My sister is and she had her eyebrows waxed and that happened to her. She didn't realize that she should have stopped using the retinoid for several days (maybe it is a week, I don't remember) before waxing.

It said it felt like a burn afterwards but not when she was being waxed. Clearly skin was pulled off.

She applied Aquaphor at first, and then switched to Avene Cicalfate. Aquaphor may be enough though, and it is a lot less expensive. It ended up healing just fine. NO scarring and she typically scars very easily and badly.

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Are you using a retinoid?
I also had a problem with this during the brief period where I was using diacneal.

I think it also happened another time unrelated to retinoids, and I don't have any scarring.

I don't know what the right thing to do to prevent scarring is, I wanted to give moral support.
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Old 05-20-2010, 10:02 AM
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Yeah, the lady I went to for awhile (now I just kinda do upkeep myself) never actually waxed me because of my retinoid use. She used tweezers only, and she said for her clients with thicker eyebrows they should always thread, because wax will do that to ya when you use a retinoid. Good luck!
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Old 05-20-2010, 12:03 PM
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oh wow, i never knew retinoid use was a risk factor for waxing. I don't put it on or around my eyebrows....but it still affects that skin too? I think i have had an eyebrow wax while on retinoids before though, so maybe a bad combination of salon technique and retinoid use? Ugh.

Thanks for the tips ladies
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Old 05-20-2010, 03:06 PM
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Yeah, I definitely think that the waxers should, at the very least, know that it's a risk and warn clients before proceeding. Your salon should have known better
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Old 05-20-2010, 04:48 PM
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^ ITA. Waxers should always ask, especially if it is a new client.

Yes, even if you do not use a retinoid directly around the eye or eyebrow area, it will still be affected.

This is why I always have it plucked or threaded since I'm using a retinoid also.

I hope you heal quickly and well!
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Old 05-20-2010, 04:55 PM
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My waxer makes me sign something before she does my brows that has to do with this.
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Old 05-21-2010, 09:53 AM
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Definitely use aloe gel or neosporin to keep it from scarring. Retinoid use is really dangerous when waxing or lasering. You should be off retinoids for two weeks before doing either.
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How long do you have to wait after doing a peel to wax? (If not using retinoids.)
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Old 05-21-2010, 06:52 PM
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thanks for all the tips. It's doing better now, thankfully. I guess i'll try to stick to tweezing for a while!
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Old 05-21-2010, 08:37 PM
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This is very good to know. I was going to go get my brows waxed since I was sick of tweezing, but I'll just keep on tweezing now
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Old 05-22-2010, 02:11 PM
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This also happens when they apply wax to the same area twice. You should get all the hair off in one sweep.
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