Pimples caused by waxing are also referred to as ingrown hairs; these hairs are treated with hot water compresses and antibiotic ointment. If an ingrown hair becomes inflamed and severely painful, it is important to consult with a medical professional.
To treat ingrown hair pimples, the first step is to gently cleanse the area with soap and warm water. The next step is to hold a warm compress on the pimple for approximately five minutes. This helps to increase circulation and bring the pimple to a head. It is extremely important to refrain from squeezing the pimple, as this can cause the infection to move into the bloodstream. Once the skin is dry, the final step in the process is to apply antibiotic ointment to the area and cover the pimple with a bandage. The process can be repeated in 24 hours if the pimple has not healed within that time frame. Once the pimple heals, the ingrown hair can easily be removed with tweezers.
Ingrown hair pimples often occur after waxing due to improper exfoliation of the skin prior to treatment. They are also common in individuals who have an allergy to the wax, as well as in people with sensitive skin. After a wax, tiny hairs begin to regrow underneath the skin. If the pores are small or clogged with dry skin cells, there is no place for the hair to grow. This causes the hair to coil up and grow in the opposite direction. The hair follicle becomes inflamed and a pimple develops.