PCOS and facial waxing – what you need to know

Q: My client with PCOS needs fortnightly facial waxing. How can I protect her sensitive skin? 

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that affects how a woman’s ovaries work and, in terms of the complexion, can cause skin to be oily or dry, reddened or sensitive.

On top of this, excess hair can appear due to hormonal changes. The hair can become stronger too so for facial waxing I would definitely recommend a peelable or flexible wax as it grabs the hair much better, is kinder to sensitive skin and causes less redness. It is also applied at a warm, not hot, temperature.

Straight afterwards, apply a rich, after-wax cream that has been specifically designed for the face and contains plant oils and butters like argan oil or cupacu, shea or cocoa butters to nourish and hydrate skin. It should also contain calming ingredients like aloe vera to soothe and cool. 

Try to choose an after-wax cream which also contains a hair retardant so, with regular use, the hair will grow back finer, a little slower, and become less visible. It is even better if the cream contains an SPF to help protect sensitive skin from harmful UV rays in the summer months.

After the treatment, send the client home with a retail version of the cream so that she can continue to soothe and hydrate her skin, reducing and slowing regrowth. 

Tracey SmithTracey Smith has 30 years’ industry experience and is owner of natural waxing brand Ashmira Botanica. Read our review of the brand's Brazilian wax