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What Medications to Avoid Before Your Waxing Appointment

You finally decided to book your wax! But before you get ready to rock that silky smooth look, it’s super important to know how certain medications can affect your waxing experience. Some medications can make your skin more sensitive, and it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Let's dive into which medications you should avoid before waxing and why postponing your session or taking extra precautions is crucial for a safe and smooth experience.

Medications to Avoid Before Waxing:

Retinoids (Topical and Oral)

  • Examples: Retin-A, Renova, Differin, Accutane

  • Why Avoid: Retinoids can thin the skin, making it more prone to lifting and irritation during waxing. If you're using retinoids, it’s best to stop at least 7-10 days before your waxing appointment. For oral retinoids like Accutane, waiting 6 months after discontinuation is recommended before waxing.


  • Examples: Tetracycline, Doxycycline, Ciprofloxacin

  • Why Avoid: Antibiotics can increase skin sensitivity and the risk of skin reactions. If you're on antibiotics, consider postponing your waxing appointment until you've completed your course of medication and your skin has had time to recover.

Blood Thinners

  • Examples: Aspirin, Warfarin, Heparin

  • Why Avoid: Blood thinners can cause increased bruising and bleeding during waxing. If you're taking blood thinners, it's crucial to consult with your doctor before scheduling a waxing appointment.

Hormonal Medications

  • Examples: Birth control pills, Hormone replacement therapy

  • Why Avoid: Hormonal medications can sometimes cause skin changes, including increased sensitivity. Discuss with your esthetician if you’re on these medications to determine the best course of action.


  • Examples: Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs), Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs)

  • Why Avoid: These products can make your skin more sensitive and prone to irritation. Stop using exfoliants at least 48 hours before your waxing session.

Expert Tips from Professional Estheticians

Our professional estheticians at BARE Body Waxing Studio have some expert advice to ensure your waxing experience is as smooth and comfortable as possible:

  • Communicate with Your Esthetician: Always inform your esthetician about any medications you’re taking. This helps them tailor the treatment to your needs and take necessary precautions.

  • Patch Test: If you’ve recently started a new medication, consider doing a patch test to see how your skin reacts before going for a full waxing session.

  • Hydrate and Moisturize: Keeping your skin hydrated and moisturized can help reduce sensitivity and improve waxing results. Use our Bump Eraiser Triple Action Lotion for smaller areas or Ocean Road Body Lotion for larger areas of the body.

The Importance of Postponing or Taking Precautions

While waxing is a fantastic way to achieve smooth, hair-free skin, it’s essential to prioritize your skin’s health and safety. Ignoring the effects of medications can lead to adverse reactions, including skin lifting, bruising, and increased irritation. By postponing your appointment or taking extra precautions, you’re ensuring a safer and more effective waxing experience.

Book Your Safe and Smooth Waxing Session at BARE Body Waxing Studio

At BARE Body Waxing Studio, we’re dedicated to providing safe and professional waxing services. Our expert estheticians are trained to handle all skin types and conditions, ensuring you have the best possible experience.

Ready to achieve smooth, beautiful skin safely? Book a waxing session with us today and enjoy a seamless, comfortable experience.

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