Avoid red spots after epilation - this is how it works!


Epilation is one of many methods used to remove body hair. With this procedure, the hair is completely removed, including the hair root, which leads to a longer-lasting result than depilation (e.g. shaving), in which only the visible part of the hair is removed.

Further information can be found in the main article epilation or depilation.

Unwanted side effect after epilation

A relatively common undesirable side effect of epilation is irritation of the skin, which is often noticeable as red spots on the treated area. Many people find this annoying, as the red spots on bare skin are sometimes even more noticeable than the hair before. However, there are a few things you can do to reduce the likelihood of red spots appearing.

Especially in people with thick body hair, ingrown hairs can occur after epilation because the regrowing hair does not grow out of the skin, but grows into the skin at an angle. This then resembles pimples in appearance and is often accompanied by itching.
Read more here: What to do with ingrown armpit hair?

Antibacterial aftershave balms can also help disinfect and soothe the skin. This is especially true after hair removal. One example of this is the Dr. Severin Body After-Shave Balm from the pharmacy.

Correct use when epilating

Common side effects of epilation are red spots or skin irritation on the treated area

In general, it is important to keep the skin in a healthy general condition. So you should always keep them moist and supple, which is why you should use moisturizers or lotions every day. After the epilation, treatment of the skin is also always advisable; this can then also be done with special agents such as chamomile extract, panthenol, allantoin or aloe vera.

It is also helpful to epilate after a shower or bath. At this point, the skin is damp and slightly swollen, which makes it easier to pull the hair out. Correct use of an epilator also reduces the risk of red spots: When epilating, you should always work against the direction of hair growth. In addition, a massage has a positive effect on the skin. This is why a massage attachment is already integrated into many epilators, if this is not the case, the skin can be massaged with a peeling glove before use.

First epilation

Usually occur after first Epilate the red points most strongly in appearance. After the skin gets used to the process, this skin reaction subsides or disappears completely in most.

It is important to distinguish between the more or less "natural" red spots resulting from the irritation caused by epilation and larger areas of redness, which are more indicative of a real inflammatory reaction or an allergic reaction of the skin and are caused, for example, by the use of certain creams or shaving foam can.

Preventing red spots

Proper care prevents red spots.

People with light skin in particular suffer from unsightly red spots after epilation. In some cases, the skin "gets used" to the procedure after using the epilator several times and the red dots no longer appear.
However, many users can hardly get the unsightly stains under control. However, there are some tips that can help prevent red spots from forming after epilation. After and before depilation, the affected area of ​​skin should be cleaned with warm water and a little shower gel.
In this way, blood circulation is stimulated and the hair roots are loosened up a little. Then the skin area should be dried well and epilation started immediately.
Red spots can be prevented by generously spreading a special after-shave balm on the surface of the skin after depilation.
In this way, the skin irritated by tearing out the hair roots is soothed. In addition, simple baby oil applied to the epilated areas can help prevent red spots from forming. Ordinary after-sun lotion is also said to be good for treating irritated skin after hair removal. Many users also recommend creams with aloe vera extract, allantoin or chamomile.
Infused, cooled chamomile tea bags, which are carefully rubbed over the irritated areas of skin, also serve to prevent red spots after epilation. If these tips do not help and there are still inflammations in the area of ​​the hair exit points (red dots), applying a thick layer of wound and healing ointment may help.
In addition, the choice of the appropriate epilator and its regular maintenance play a crucial role in preventing red spots. In general, those affected should note that red spots after epilation are a sign of damage to the skin. Roughly tearing out the hair roots leads to trauma in the deep layers of the skin, which in many cases provokes inflammatory processes.
The result is the appearance of red spots after epilation or waxing. For this reason, alternating between using an epilator and a razor can help prevent red spots from forming. In addition, the depilated areas of the skin urgently need to be regularly supplied with a sufficient amount of moisture. Those affected should therefore apply a suitable moisturizing cream after each shower and let it soak in before getting dressed.
Dry, flaky skin should generally not be depilated with an epilator, as inflammatory processes can be very serious with such a complexion.

Red spots in the genital area after epilation

Just the skin in the Intimate area is usually very sensitive and reacts strongly to any manipulation. Most manufacturers of epilation devices clearly indicate that using their product in the intimate area is not recommended. This applies to both Bikini line, as well as for the Armpits. In these regions, the hair roots are usually very deeply anchored in the skin. A Depilation can be extreme for this reason painful his and the skin heavy damage add. If epilation is carried out in the genital area, unsightly red spots are often the result.
In addition, the folds of skin around the bikini line cause many people to accumulate Beads of sweatwho the Additionally irritate the skin and after epilation inflammatory processes trigger. In addition to the red dots, which annoy most users, it can happen after Epilation in the genital area too severe itching and flaky skin come.
In addition, many people report that the result stated by the manufacturers - “at least four weeks of hair freedom” - should in no case apply to the genital area. After a few days, at the latest after a period of two weeks, the first hair should grow back. Furthermore, the red dots should only be the slightest problem when epilating in the genital area.
Many users speak of small ones purulent vesicles and many ingrown hairsthat make the genital area look unattractive. If you still want to use the epilator in the intimate area, you should carefully care for the skin before and after use.
Before the Epilation helps carry out a gentle scrubs with it Dead skin remove and the genital area on the Hair removal prepare. Following the epilation, the affected areas of the skin should be cleaned thoroughly and with alcohol-free disinfectant be wiped off.
By applying Creams containing panthenol or aloe vera the formation of red spots can be inhibited.

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