How to avoid post-eyebrow threading breakouts

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. 

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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?

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  1. I’ve never had threading, but I used to get zits after plucking or using hair removal cream. I think it’s from some of the bulb at the base of the hair root getting left behind (?) I found using a good scrub on the area immediately afterwards prevented the problem.

  2. I had my brows threaded a few times but then went back to waxing, which is much cleaner and less chance of a breakout. Also, contrary to what threaders tell me, waxing lasts much longer than the results of threading. I am also not 100% convinced threading is hygienic either.

  3. I had my top lip threaded in Nepal and it was uncomfortable and made my eyes water! It was definitely a new experience but I think I prefer waxing.

    I didn’t experience break outs afterwards from memory but reading that the follicles are left open makes sense why that could happen. I always find a beautician applies a soothing ingredient afterwards but personally the hair being ripped out leaves a few raised bumps from the irritation.

  4. Have been threading my eye brows for a few year now. Love it as it is quick and last more longer. Great tips for when I get home. Can’t wait for them to reopen as l need to go & get them done again.

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  6. I have had threading many times and sometimes have my whole face done. It can be painful but lasts a long time and the hair grows back quite soft and downy. Eyebrow threading has never caused me any breakouts. The beautician usually uses Aloe Vera gel on my eyebrows and this is really soothing. I would recommend giving threading a go if you want a precise eyebrow shape without having to spend hours in front of a mirror with the tweezers.

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