Post # 1
So after reading such great things about Retin-a, I decided to pay a visit to the dermatologist and get some to prep my skin for the wedding. I’m getting married in October, so I will probably need to have my eyebrows waxed 2 times between now and then. In doing research, I see that retina+waxing = disaster. However, many things I’ve read seem to say you can still use it, but just need to discontinue use for a week or so before hand.
Anyone on retin-a (or other retinol products) still get their eyebrows waxed? If so, how long do you wait?
Post # 3
Will your eyebrow lady tweeze your brows instead? I used to use RetinA and I would just get my eyebrows tweezed instead.
Post # 4
I wouldn’t recommend it. Retin-A thins your skin. I’ve heard that you can wax off too many layers of skin and get very red or bleed. Have you ever had your brows threaded? I much prefer it to waxing anyway.
Oh and one more thing- I wouldn’t stop and start Retin-A once you are on it. That could lead to break-outs. You may even break-out (or break-out worse) when you first begin using Retin-A also. If this happens, you just have to give it some time.
Post # 5
I was going to suggest the same thing. When I was using Retin- A the only way to get my eyebrows done was stringing (same thing as threading). It hurts more but you get used to it. When I did get my eyebrows waxed (once) it ended up ripping some of my first layer of skin off which didnt look good.
Post # 6
@Blg – not sure if she tweezes as well, but it may be something to look into.
@Eleanor – Yes, I’ve heard the same thing, but my googling has shown me that derms say discontinuing the product for 7-10 days before the waxing will alleviate any problems caused by it. Also, I don’t really use the retin-a near my eyebrows, so I’m especially wondering if this will affect me.
Post # 8
I definitely wouldn’t recommend waxing while using retin-a. I was naive and had no idea such a reaction could occur when I first started using retin-a and had a regular eyebrow waxing appointment and left with 2nd degree chemical burns under both of my eyebrows. It took about 4 days for them to return to normal and was extremely painful. Instead, the next time I went I had them do some plucking and shaping and trimming and they actually looked really great.
Post # 9
I don’t think anyone uses Retin-A on or near their eyebrows… there might even be a warning against it, but the reaction still can occur.
Also, you really don’t want to start and then stop and then start using Retin-A. It is not like over the counter products that you can do this with. It could wreak havoc on your skin, which is the last thing you want before your wedding.
I say better safe than sorry. iI’d either tweeze or try threading.