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How to avoid post-eyebrow threading breakouts
If you’ve tried eyebrow threading before, chances are you’ve been totally converted. Like most methods of hair removal, threading is often described as uncomfortable, but it’s also one of the swiftest and longest-lasting options out there.
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The ancient Indian hair removal technique involves taking a thin, twisted piece of cotton thread and rolling it over any unwanted hairs. Similar to tweezing, threading is favoured for being a more precise and efficient method of hair removal as it has the ability to remove short rows of hair in one go rather than plucking one at a time.
However, there is one downside that may affect some skin types: post-threading breakouts.
So while you may walk out of the salon with the best-looking brows in town, there’s also a chance you’ll start to find some uninvited red pimples moving in shortly after.
Breakouts after threading typically occur when dirt and oil get into the follicles which are left open after hair removal. But don’t be discouraged as there are plenty of ways these can be avoided…
How to avoid breakouts after eyebrow threading:
Tip #1 Pre-appointment preparation
Before your appointment, make sure your skin is thoroughly cleansed and free of any makeup. After cleansing, use a toner to get rid of any extra dirt, dead skin or excess oil.
And while this may go without saying in the current climate, you should ensure your hands are clean too, in order to prevent the spread of bacteria over the sensitive area once the threading is complete.
Tip #2 Post-appointment care
Aloe vera gel is often applied after threading for its soothing properties, which assist in healing broken skin without clogging your pores. If you don’t have any aloe vera at home, tea tree oil or witch hazel will also provide soothing properties as well as antibacterial benefits which prevent pimples from forming.
It’s also a good idea to avoid any products which are heavily fragranced or known to clog the pores i.e. fake tans, thick moisturisers or makeup.
The use of warm to hot water is discouraged on freshly threaded skin too, as this will encourage the pores to expand exposing them to dirt or oil. In fact, holding an ice cube to the area will have the opposite effect and help to close your pores.
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Have you tried eyebrow threading before? Did you experience any breakouts? If so, what are some of your tips to avoid them?