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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Nigeria Pharmacists Council Starts Recall Of Codeine Cough Syrup

The Nigeria Pharmacists Council has started recalling cough syrups containing codeine from its stakeholders in compliance with Federal Government directive.
The Registrar of PCN, Elijah Mohammed, revealed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) today in Abuja.

NAN recalls that the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, had directed PCN, NAFDAC and other regulatory bodies to supervise the recall of codeine from the market.

Mohammed reaffirmed that codeine is an opioid drug similar to morphine which has been approved and accessed over the counter in low doses for relieving patients of symptoms associated with a dry cough.

According to the registrar, codeine in such preparation, usually in smaller doses, serves as a cough suppressant and relieves pain associated with the stress of coughing.

“However, due to its inherent properties when used in high doses over a long period, it has been associated with dependence and powerful addictive propensity especially when used for recreational purpose,’’ the registrar said.

Mohammed noted that the council in view of the ministerial directive has carried out enforcement exercise in Ogun, Sokoto and Nasarawa States, adding that same activity is currently going on in Adamawa.

The registrar noted that the council has met with the leadership of the National Association of Patent and Proprietary Medicines Vendors (PPNVs), among other stakeholders, in the pharmaceutical industry in order to facilitate the recall.

Mohammed, who emphasised that Codeine-containing cough preparation was not included in the approved medicines list of PPMVs, however, urged them to desist from the sales of codeine and other unethical drugs in order to guard against sanctions.

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

Lagos State Set To Ban Codeine

The Lagos State Government on Friday said comprehensive plans are currently being put together to generally address the prevalence of drug abuse under the mental health policy in the state.
It said a law to that effect has already been updated. The Federal Government had on Tuesday directed the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control to stop further issuance of permits for the importation of codeine as active pharmaceutical ingredient for the preparation of cough syrup in response to the gross abuse of the substance in the country.

Speaking on Friday in Lagos at an event to mark the third anniversary of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, said before and after the ban was announced, the state government had been engaging with key stakeholders, adding that it was important for serious attention to be concentrated on mental health issue and affiliated matters.

He said, “On the issue of codeine, I must tell you that the Drug Control Unit in the ministry is very active. We are also operating in conjunction with NAFDAC.

“The ban principally is a NAFDAC initiative but as a state government, we did not wait; we are more proactive and ever since this issue came to light, the ministry has been engaging and very soon, we will come out with a more comprehensive programme.

“In line with this, we have updated our own mental health law as against what is happening at the federal level; we have a mental health policy and we are currently now implementing our mental health programme to cover all tiers – primary, secondary and tertiary health care systems.”

Speaking on activities of the state government in health sector in the last one year, Idris said it was gratifying to disclose that the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital successfully performed its first open-heart surgery on a 32-year-old patient solely by indigenous cardiac surgery team, as well as fourth successful cochlear implant and kidney transplant surgeries.

He also said LASUTH in conjunction with Rotary International and Alliance for Smile successfully carried out surgeries for six patients with cleft lip palate deformity.

Source: Punch
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Saturday, April 28, 2018

5 Surprising Importance of Going Meatless For One Day In A Week

When certain people order for food, their meal is incomplete without several pieces of meat. However, going meatless, even just once to a few times a week, can make an amazing impact on your health.

Below are the benefits of going vegetarian one day a week.

1). It lowers your risk of cancer
Diets higher in fruits and veggies help protect you against cancer while diets high in red meat have also been shown to increase the risk of colon cancer. So, just skipping the meat one day a week helps reduce your cancer risk.

2). Glowing Skin
Vegetarian diets do not only help improve internal health, they also come with external benefits, including vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that support healthy hair, skin, and nails.

3). It helps you lose weight
Vegetarian meals are still lower in calories than meat-centred meals. So, swapping out meat options for veggie or fish options during the week helps you lower your calorie intake, up your nutrient and vitamin intake, and helps you slim down.

4). You will save some cash
A meal is incomplete for some people without ordering 5 to 10 pieces of meat. So, if you reduce your meat intake or consumption, you will definitely save some money.

5). You will still get plenty of protein
The thought that veggies don’t contain protein is quite the myth. In fact, it’s extremely easy to get adequate protein from plant-based sources. Beans, nuts, tofu, and pea are packed with protein and fibre, making them healthy options. You can also add fish to these options.
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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Must Read: 9 Warning Signs of Cervical Cancer

Cervical cancer used to be the number one cause of death for women—that is, until Dr. George Papanicolaou introduced the Pap test in the 1940s. This simple test, which collects cells from the cervix and analyzes them under a microscope, has succeeded in reducing the death rate from cervical cancer by more than 50 percent.
The good news is that regular screening and follow-up care can prevent most deaths from cervical cancer. Even better, you can get screened at no cost to you. The health care reform act covers cervical cancer screenings, part of a "well-woman visit."
Rarely seen in women younger than 20, cervical cancer most commonly occurs in midlife. Yet, many older women don't realize the risk still exists as they age. In fact, more than 15 percent of cervical cancer cases occur in women over 65.
Although the death rate has dropped considerably, women are still dying of the disease.
What's equally important is for you to be aware of the warning signs of cervical cancer, which may not cause any symptoms at first (when they are pre-cancers or early cancers), but later on, may affect you with pelvic pain or vaginal bleeding.
Below are the signs of cervical cancer:
1). Bleeding after intercourse
2). Bleeding after menopause
3). Bleeding between periods
4). Bleeding after douching
5). Bleeding following a pelvic exam
6). Having heavier menstrual periods than usual or ones that last longer than usual
7). Unusual vaginal discharge
8). Pain during sex
9). Pelvic pain
Of course, just because you have any of these symptoms doesn't necessarily mean you have cervical cancer. The symptoms could be caused by other conditions, like an infection. But it's wise to schedule an appointment with your health care professional to get checked and, if appropriate, get treated.
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Friday, February 23, 2018

Must See: Some Very Delicious YORUBA Foods Everyone Should To Try

The best way to most people’s heart is via good food and entertainment. This is one thing the Yoruba tribe are very good at doing. Yorubas have a number of mouthwatering and finger licking meals that will leave you demanding for more.
So, when you find yourself in any part of South West Nigeria where the Yorubas are populated, Teelamford.com Food shares some cuisine to try.

1). Adalu 
Adalu is a combination of beans and corn, pepper and palm oil cooked together with seasoning and spices. It is quite delicious.

2). Ewa aganyin 
Ewa aganyin is made up of cooked beans and pepper sauce. It is a delicious beans dish, well-known for its softness and tasty sauce. You can eat Ewa Aganyin with bread to savour and appreciate the meal.

3). Moin Moin 
Moin Moin is a Nigerian staple food which is very rich in protein. It is a cooked bean pudding made from a combination of grounded peeled beans, pepper, and onions. It can be eaten with rice, pap and bread.

4). Pounded yam and egusi soup
Pounded yam is mostly eaten with egusi (melon soup). Pounded yam is made by boiling yam unsalted and pounding it when it becomes soft. Ondo and Ekiti people are known to be fond of pounded yam.

5). Eba and efo riro 
Eba serves as an alternative for pounded yam. People who do not want to go through the stress of pounding yam prefer eating Eba. Eba is usually taken with Efo Riro (Vegetable soup) which makes the meal more delicious and nutritious.

6). Amala, ewedu and gbegiri soup 
Amala is made from yam into flour and Ewedu is a leaf blended into watery soup. This delicacy is a local dish of the Oyo state people. Amala is better enjoyed alongside Ewedu and Gbegiri.
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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Surprising 12 Effective Foods To Cleanse Your Lungs

Our lungs play a vital function in our respiratory system by taking in oxygen and filter out toxins from the air. Keeping your lungs healthy and working properly is essential to make sure all cells and tissue in your body get fed by oxygen-rich blood.

One way to improve the health of your lungs is to include lung cleansing foods in your diet. Some of the best foods that can help cleanse your lungs are also great for your general health and will help boost function of your other organs.
Of course, exercise, stopping smoking, and avoiding air pollution are all important ways to ensure lung health. This can help you avoid and reduce your risk of pulmonary diseases like bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia, and lung cancer. However, there are also many foods that act as lung cleansers and strengthen your lungs. Foods like green leafy vegetables, garlic, citrus fruits, berries, and ginger are great foods for detoxing the lungs and keeping them healthy.

Below Foods that Cleanse Your Lungs

What can you eat to help detox your lungs and boost the health of your respiratory system? Please read on to find out the best lung-cleansing foods to incorporate into your diet.

(1). Green leafy vegetables

Green leafy vegetables contain many compounds that are great for maintaining healthy lungs. Most green leafy vegetables, and cruciferous vegetables, contain antioxidants that help rid your body of harmful toxins. Cabbage, kale, broccoli, kohlrabi, and cauliflower are vegetables that help to cleanse your blood as well as your lungs.
Cruciferous vegetables have also been shown to reduce the risk of lung cancer. The Journal of Nutritionreported that increasing the amount of cruciferous vegetables may help reduce the risk of lung cancer among nonsmokers.

(2). Foods with carotenoids

Another food group that will help detox your lungs and improve their capacity are foods that contain carotenoids. Carotenoids are antioxidants that have a cancer-preventative effect on cells and tissue. Tomatoes, carrots, kale, red pepper, sweet potatoes are all rich sources of these antioxidants that will boost your lung health.
Various studies have been carried out on carotenoid-rich foods and their effect on lung health. For example, the journal Frontiers in Bioscience published a report about the connection between carotenoids and lung cancer. The researchers stated that the actions of carotenoids are essential in the prevention of lung cancer.Other studies have shown that lycopene in tomatoes helps to boost lung health and, although more research should be done, tomatoes have an antioxidant effect on the lining of the lungs.
Regarding ways to prevent lung cancer, the journal The Proceedings of the Nutrition Society reported that high intake of vegetables and fruits may provide protection against lung cancer.

(3). Foods containing omega-3 fatty acids

Eating foods containing omega-3 fatty acids can help cleanse your lungs and keep your pulmonary system working effectively. Foods rich in omega-3 are oily fish like mackerel and salmon, seeds and nuts, and eggs. It is known that omega 3 foods help reduce inflammation in the body and boost cognitive power.
The Journal of the American College of Nutrition published a study showing the connection between omega-3 and respiratory health. Researchers found that a diet rich in omega-3 helps the blood to flow through the lungs effectively and can help prevent some inflammatory and infectious respiratory diseases.
Taking omega-3 supplements or eating a diet rich omega-3 fatty acids benefits your general health as well as keeping your lungs healthy.

(4). Foods containing flavonoids

Many fruits, berries, and citrus fruits contain flavonoids which are great for lung cleansing. These naturally-occurring compounds have an antioxidant effect on many organs in the body, including your lungs.
Some great foods to eat that contain flavonoids are apples, blueberries, oranges, lemons, tomatoes, and cabbage.
How can food containing flavonoids help detoxify your lungs and prevent different types of lung disease? The journal 3 Biotech reported that flavonoids have a therapeutic effect and help prevent various cancers, including lung cancer, breast cancer, and prostate cancer.

(5). Garlic

One of the many health benefits of using garlic as a medicine is that it can help keep your lungs healthy. The benefits to your health by consuming garlic come from a compound called allicin. Allicin acts as a powerful natural antibiotic agent in the body and can help kill off respiratory infections that can clog your lungs.
One study from 2013 found that consuming raw garlic can also help prevent lung cancer. Researchers also found that garlic can help to reverse lung damage caused by pollution, smoking, and poor air quality.
For more information on using garlic for its medicinal properties, please read my article about the 6 common mistakes when using garlic as an antibiotic and how to consume garlic to prevent cancer.

(6). Drinking green tea

One way to keep your lungs healthy and free from excess mucus is to regularly drink green tea. Extracts from green tea contain powerful antioxidants, which according to the University of Maryland, are more potent than vitamin C.12 The beneficial properties of green tea are also used to boost cardiovascular health, protect against various cancers, improve brain function, and protect against infections.
Studies have also shown that drinking green tea has a preventative effect against lung cancer. Researchers from China found that, just like with garlic, green tea helps to repair lung damage caused by smoking and can have a protective effect against lung cancer.13

(7). Vitamin C

Vitamin C is another antioxidant that is good for respiratory health and your lungs. Regular intake of vitamin C helps to rid the body of toxins and can keep your skin looking youthful and healthy.
In its role in helping to detoxify your lungs, Dr. Emily Wax on MedlinePlus reports that vitamin C helps to destroy free radicals that develop when your lungs are exposed to tobacco smoke. Dr. Wax also says that vitamin C helps to prevent certain cancers, heart disease, and arthritis.
There have been studies connecting vitamin C and reducing the risk of lung cancer. The journal Scientific Reports says that initial research shows that increasing your intake of vitamin C can help protect against lung cancer.
Foods rich in vitamin C include kiwifruit, red capsicum (bell pepper), citrus fruits, papaya, strawberries, broccoli, pineapples, mango and cantaloupe melon.

(8). Ginger

If you have respiratory problems due to cold or flu infections, eating more ginger can help to clear out your lungs and improve your immune system. Ginger is a natural cleansing food that has anti-inflammatory properties. The power of ginger to reduce inflammation helps to speed up the recovery of respiratory infections and reduce the amount of mucus clogging your bronchial tubes.
A review on the medicinal properties of ginger said that ginger is used to reduce the symptoms of asthma and other respiratory illnesses.16 Other clinical studies into the anti-inflammatory effect of ginger have shown potential in inhibiting lung cancer cells.17
Please read my article about the amazing health benefits of ginger to find out more uses and benefits of this amazing herb. You could also try my anti-inflammatory ginger and lemon tea recipe to help detox your body and lungs.

(9). Turmeric

Turmeric is closely related to ginger and it another great food to cleanse your lungs. There are many reasons to increase your intake of turmeric and keeping your lungs healthy is just one of them. You can also make a delicious anti-inflammatory turmeric and ginger tea for its lung cleansing effect and to help boost your respiratory health.
Turmeric also acts as a lung cleanser because it offsets the harmful effects of breathing air pollutants, cigarette smoke, and other lung irritants. For example, the journal Advances in Experiential Medicine and Biology reported that curcumin can help prevent chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), allergic asthma, and other respiratory diseases.18
When consuming turmeric, you should remember to add black pepper to turmeric to boost its bioavailability and make it even more effective.

(10). Foods high in magnesium

Foods containing magnesium can maintain your lung health and help ensure they function properly. It has been reported that a deficiency in magnesium can affect pulmonary function and could result in lung complications.19
Research into the role of magnesium in keeping lungs clear and healthy found that magnesium affects pulmonary muscles. Clinical trials found that treating asthmatic conditions with magnesium could have therapeutic potential.

(11). Water

Drinking enough water is necessary to keep your body healthy and your lungs working effectively. There are many side effects of dehydration including fatigue, irritability, joint pain, and abnormal cholesterol levels.
Researchers have found that one of the signs of dehydration is an increase in bronchitis and asthma. Drinking enough water helps to regulate inflammation in your lungs and prevents certain broncho-pulmonary disorders. Having enough water in your body is essential for lung health because it regulates the proper distribution of minerals and salts.
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Surprising Way To Regrow Eyelashes And Eyebrows With Castor Oil

Most women want to have long lush eyelashes because they are a sign of beauty and they enhance your appearance. Now that thick, dark eyebrows are all the rage, you may also be looking for a way to improve eyebrow growth and make them grow faster.

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You may not realize this, but castor oil can help to encourage both eyelash and eyebrow growth.

Castor oil helps to improve the thickness and appearance of eyelashes and eyebrows because it has a number of benefits for hair growth. Castor oil contains many nutrients and it helps to moisturize the skin area around your eyebrows creating the perfect environment for hair growth. The hydrating effect of castor oil as well as its antimicrobial properties on eyelashes helps them to naturally grow long and prevents eyelashes falling out.

There are many reasons why you need to strengthen your eyelashes and eyebrows. For example, infections, dermatitis or toxins in the air, can affect the health of your eyelashes and cause them to fall. Also, many women find that waxing or plucking eyebrows can affect regrowth and end with thin or even no eyebrows at all.

The Benefits of Castor Oil for Eyelashes and Eyebrows

It’s not just the moisturizing effect of castor oil that keeps hair looking great. Castor oil contains many nutrients and minerals that nourish and strengthen your eyelashes and eyebrows.
Castor oil contains a high amount of ricinoleic acid, in fact, this fatty acid accounts for about 90% of the volume. This is a unique fatty acid which has many benefits for your hair, lashes, and eyebrows.


The anti-inflammatory properties of castor oil improve the skin around your eyebrows and your eyelids. This can help to reduce inflammatory skin responses than can cause eyelash fall or thinning eyebrows.
The Cleveland Clinic reports that inflammation around the hair follicle hinders growth and can result in weaker strands of hair.
A study into the anti-inflammatory properties of ricinoleic acid found that it has remarkable anti-inflammatory properties. When applied topically, castor oil can help to reduce skin inflammation.

Castor oil is antimicrobial

Castor oil can help to kill off skin infections that can cause eyelash loss or bald patches in your eyebrows. For example, Dr. Weil says that eyelash loss can occur because of an eyelid infection or mite infection.
The journal ISRN Pharmacology reported that castor oil contains antimicrobial properties and is useful in treating various skin infections. The report also stated that castor oil seed extracts are useful for hair loss and reducing inflammation.
Also, the antioxidant properties of castor oil help to rid your skin and eyelids of free radicals that can build up because of toxins in the air.

Rich in vitamins and minerals

In addition to its moisturizing effect, castor oil is a rich source of vitamins and minerals to help give you attractive eyelashes and thicker eyebrows.
A study on the health benefits of castor oil from 2015 found that it contains vitamins A, C, and B6. Castor oil is also a source of calcium and iron. Interestingly, the researchers in this study also confirmed castor oil’s antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Encouraging Hair Growth

Apart from castor oil helping to keep your eyelashes and eyebrows healthy and shiny, castor oil can help encourage healthy hair growth. There has been scientific research on the properties of castor oil’s effect on preventing hair loss and encouraging hair regrowth.

What is Best Type of Castor Oil for Eyebrows and Eyelashes?

There are two types of castor oil that are great for helping you get gorgeous eyelashes and thick eyebrows.
The most common type is regular cold pressed castor oil that has a pale color and a mild aroma. The other type of castor oil that has become very popular for boosting eyebrow and eyelash growth is Jamaican black castor oil (JBCO).
Jamaican black castor oil has a much darker color because ash from the roasted castor seeds is added during the extraction process.
For many people it comes down to a matter of personal preference in using castor oil or Jamaican black castor oil on their eyelashes and eyebrows. However you should always make sure that your castor oil is 100% organic and for cosmetic use.
Where to buy castor oil?
Many natural food stores or pharmacies stock 100% organic castor oil. Or you can buy castor oil or Jamaican castor oil online. Buying online has the advantage because you can read users’ reviews of the product to find the best castor oil for your hair. For example this organic castor oil has thousands of reviews and this Jamaican black castor oil has more than 5000 reviews.

How to Use Castor Oil for Eyelash Regrowth

Castor oil can do a lot to improve the quality of your eyelashes and stimulate eyelash growth. When you regularly apply castor oil or Jamaican black castor oil to your eyelashes, you will find that they will soon look beautiful naturally.
The best way to apply castor oil to grow the perfect eyelashes is to use an eyeliner brush and apply it directly to the base of your eyelashes. Remember, that castor oil is fairly thick and you will only need a small amount on each eyelid. You should also avoid getting castor oil into your eye as it can cause irritation.

When to apply castor oil to your eyelashes?

Many women find that before going to bed is the best time to put castor oil on their eyelashes. This gives the oil plenty of time during the night to strengthen and hydrate your eyelashes.
How to apply castor oil to your eyelashes:
Here are some easy steps that you can take to start boosting the look and health of your eyelashes using castor oil:
  1. Before going to bed, cleanse your face and remove any makeup, mascara, and eyeliner with a gentle makeup remover.
  2. Put a small amount of cold pressed organic castor oil or Jamaican black castor oil on the end of an eyeliner brush or a mascara brush.
  3. Carefully apply the castor oil to your eyelashes.
  4. Leave overnight for best results.
  5. In the morning, carefully remove the castor oil using a makeup remover.
  6. Repeat daily until you have thick beautiful eyelashes.
Remember that it will take some time and patience before you notice results. However, with regular use, castor oil will give you beautiful, thick attractive eyelashes.

Jamaican black castor oil and olive oil eyelash mask

You can also combine Jamaican black castor oil with other ingredients to create an eyelash mask to encourage the growth of thick, long eyelashes. This is the perfect home remedy if you have thinning eyelashes.
Extra virgin olive oil is a great ingredient to nourish your eyelashes and keep them healthy. Olive oil contains vitamin E as well as many other proteins and minerals that will help to add volume to your eyelashes.
How to use:
It is very easy to combine olive oil and Jamaican black castor oil to make a natural eyelash mask. Here are the steps:
  1. Combine equal amounts of olive oil and Jamaican black castor oil.
  2. Apply a small amount to your eyelashes using a mascara brush.
  3. Leave overnight so the eyelashes absorb all the nutrients.
  4. Use a gentle makeup remover to remove the castor oil from your eyelashes.
  5. Use 2-3 times a week to thicken your eyelashes until you get the desired results.

How to Use Castor Oil to Regrow Eyebrows

After you have applied castor oil to your eyelashes, it’s now time to turn attention to your eyebrows. The moisturizing and nourishing effect of castor oil on your eyebrows helps to provide the perfect environment for getting beautiful eyebrows.
Many women have found that Jamaican black castor oil is an effective solution for regrowing eyebrows. However, if the smoky aroma of JBCO is too strong, regular organic cold pressed castor oil will work just as well on your eyebrows.

When to apply castor oil to your eyebrows?

If you have trouble regrowing eyebrows because they have been plucked, waxed or shaved, castor oil can help to return your eyebrows to their former glory. You should apply castor oil before going to bed to allow your eyebrows enough time to absorb the nutrients.
How to apply castor oil to grow thicker eyebrows
Castor oil should be part of your skin care regime if you want to grow thicker eyebrows. You can use castor oil on your eyebrows by following these few easy steps:
  1. Wash your face and make sure to remove all grime from your eyebrows. Pat dry.
  2. Using an eyeliner brush, apply a small amount of castor oil or Jamaican black castor oil to the eyebrows. Make sure that all your hairs are thoroughly coated.
  3. Use a dry cotton swab to remove any excess oil.
  4. Leave overnight so your eyebrows get the full benefit from castor oil.
  5. Wash your face in the morning to remove all the castor oil.
  6. Repeat the castor oil eyebrow treatment 2-3 times a week until you have thicker, fuller eyebrows.
As with the natural treatment for eyelashes, using castor oil on your eyebrows will take some time. However, after a few weeks, you should notice that your eyebrows are fuller, thicker, and growing faster.
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11 Wats To Prevent Rash and Irritation After Waxing (With Full Details)

axing is a common way to remove unwanted hair from the legs, armpits, the bikini area, and the face. Unfortunately, waxing can cause irritation and a rash on the skin which can leave you with discomfort long after the waxing process.

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To prevent a rash and irritation after waxing, it’s important to prepare the skin properly before hair removal. However, knowing what to put on skin after waxing is just as important. After waxing care with the proper skin care procedures minimizes the risk of rashes and red patches of skin developing.

Immediate after waxing care for your skin involves applying soothing natural ingredients to reduce inflammation and prevent an irritating rash from occurring. Some of the best natural remedies to help prevent red bumps on your skin and red skin patches developing are aloe vera, Manuka honey, tea tree oil, and a soothing cucumber mask. Many remedies include natural ingredients that don’t just reduce irritation but contain compounds to promote skin healing.

How Waxing Affects Your Skin

Waxing is a way to completely remove hair from hair follicles. Many women and men choose to wax to get rid of unwanted body hair because hair usually takes longer to grow back. It is also an effective method to remove hair from large areas of the body like the legs, chest, and back. Waxing can also be used to remove hair from smaller areas like armpit hair, upper lip hair, around the eyebrows, and around the genitals.
However, removing hair by waxing can cause some complications, not to mention the pain when the hair is pulled from the follicles. For example, the International Journal of Dermatology stated that epilation by waxing can sometimes cause folliculitis – outbreaks of itchy red bumps on the waxed area.
As waxing is a way of removing hair by pulling them out at their roots, this can cause irritation on the skin and also open up the pores to bacterial infections. The journal Clinical Infectious Diseases stated that bacterial infections of the genitalia after “Brazilian” waxing are very common.
Men and women also report that waxing often causes irritating rashes and bumps on the skin. Another reason why you should have a good after waxing skin care regime is that the increase in friction between the skin can cause irritation. Therefore, waxing armpits, buttocks, and the inner thigh can cause skin chaffing and infections. Some people also report that they’ve experienced burns because the applied wax was too hot.

How to Prepare Your Skin for Waxing

Because waxing can traumatize the skin, it’s important to prepare the area before waxing. This can help to prevent complications after epilation by waxing. Also, making sure that your skin is softened before the waxing and has been exfoliated so dead skin cells have been removed. These can prepare the skin before waxing and help to prevent skin rashes and irritation after waxing.
To prevent skin irritation that can cause rashes, ingrown hair, and skin infections, most beauty salons recommend the following steps to prepare your skin:
  • Let your hair grow so that is about 1/4 to 1/2 inch
  • Don’t shave in the 2 weeks prior to waxing
  • Gently exfoliate your skin a day or two prior to your wax session to remove dead skin cells and lift hair from the skin.
  • Don’t exfoliate on the day of your wax hair removal
  • Apply a good natural moisturizer after exfoliating the skin to help soften the skin and make hair removal easier

Natural Exfoliator to Prepare Skin for Waxing

In order to prevent skin irritation and an unsightly rash developing after your waxing session, you should use a natural exfoliator to remove dead skin cells and soften your skin. Here is a simple recipe you can make at home:
  1. Mix together 3 tablespoons olive oil or sweet almond oil and 1/4 cup fine sugar.
  2. Rinse the area you want to exfoliate with warm water and pat dry.
  3. Gently rub the mixture into your skin for about 5 minutes using circular motions.
  4. Leave on your skin for another 5 minutes to allow your skin and the hair to soak in the moisturizing oil.
  5. Rinse off and dry.
Use the exfoliating remedy a day or two before your appointment. This will help to remove dead skin cells and moisturize your skin to be ready for waxing. Remember not to exfoliate on the day of the waxing as your skin may be too sensitive.

*Choose the Best Time to Wax

Apart from preparing your skin to help prevent skin rashes and irritations developing after waxing, you should also choose the best time to wax. This is especially true for women who wax their upper lip, legs, arms, or bikini line.
A study from 2014 reported that women’s pain perception and anxiety levels increase during the menstrual cycle. In the study, many women reported higher levels of pain when they had their period. Therefore, the researchers recommended that procedures that cause pain be scheduled for after or before the period.
You should also avoid waxing skin if it is already irritated or inflamed. In fact, many beauty salons refuse to perform waxing on skin that shows signs of inflammation, skin rashes, bumps, and infection. The waxing procedure could aggravate the skin condition and even cause a serious infection.

Below Are 11 Things to Do or to Avoid After Waxing

To reduce the risk of developing a mild to severe rash after waxing, it is also important to treat your skin properly post waxing. Many natural remedies are great for soothing irritated skin and reducing irritation and inflammation. Also, the proper after-wax treatments will also prevent infections from causing bumps and pus-filled spots to develop.

(1). Apply aloe vera to prevent skin bumps

Aloe vera contains compounds which are excellent for nourishing and repairing damaged skin. After a waxing session, you should apply aloe vera regularly to your smooth skin to prevent rashes developing and reduce any skin irritation.
The Indian Journal of Dermatology reported that aloe vera contains enzymes and antioxidants that help repair irritated skin. These compounds also boost collagen production in the skin and help skin retain its elasticity. It also has a moisturizing effect on the skin which is very important after waxing to prevent irritation.
How to use:
To use aloe vera for treating rashes, skin inflammation, and infections after waxing, this is what you should do:
  1. Take some pure aloe vera gel or squeeze aloe vera gel from an aloe vera leaf.
  2. Gently massage into the waxed area after waxing.
  3. Apply 2-3 times a day to help relieve any irritation in your skin and prevent bumps and infections.
  4. Continue applying until you have silky smooth skin with no signs of redness.
Aloe vera is also a great home remedy for sunburn that will help repair sun damage and promote healing.

(2). Witch hazel to reduce irritation after waxing

Witch hazel is another natural remedy you can use after waxing for preventing rashes and skin irritations. The anti-irritation actions of witch hazel are thanks to the level of tannins which act as astringents. These reduce inflammation and have an antiseptic effect on the skin.
The Journal of Inflammation reported that witch hazel is used to alleviate skin inflammation and will also help prevent skin infections getting worse.
How to use:
To help prevent patchy red skin that itches after you have had your skin waxed, you should use witch hazel this way:
  1. Soak a cotton pad in pure witch hazel extract.
  2. Apply to the waxed area of skin to soothe irritation and prevent infections causing a bumpy rash on your skin.
  3. Repeat 2-3 times a day until the skin irritation has gone for good.

If you have had your upper lip waxed, you can apply a small amount of witch hazel after waxing to reduce any redness on your face.

(3). Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil will not only help to prevent irritation after waxing but will also treat any infection in your skin. Tea tree oil contains anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that repair skin and prevent symptoms of folliculitis, inflamed pores, or skin irritation.
Applying tea tree oil with a carrier oil is also a great natural way to moisturize waxed skin. For example, one company that sells waxing products recommends using a tea tree oil-based moisturizer as part of your after waxing skin care program. Also, the journal Clinical Microbiology Reviews reports that tea tree oil helps to reduce inflammation.
How to use:
To use tea tree oil after waxing to moisturize skin and prevent rashes developing, you should dilute it in a carrier oil. This is how to make your own moisturizing tea tree oil after waxing treatment:
  1. In one tablespoon carrier oil (such as sweet almond oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil, or coconut oil) mix 2-3 drops tea tree oil.
  2. Apply the homemade remedy to the waxed skin to prevent irritation and help the skin heal.
  3. Use the tea tree oil mixture 2-3 times a day after waxing.
  4. Continue applying the diluted tea tree oil until you no longer have bumps, a red skin rash, or inflammation.
Tea tree oil also kills off any infection from waxing around the pubic area and also prevents ingrown pubic hair infections and pimples after waxing. Using coconut oil as a carrier oil will also aid in treating skin infections as coconut oil is also a natural anti-inflammatory agent and has antibacterial activities.
You can also substitute tea tree oil with lavender oil. Studies have shown that lavender essential oil has a calming effect and is antimicrobial and effective at relieving skin irritation. Just add 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil to 1 tablespoon carrier oil and use the same way as the tea tree oil method.
Lavender oil also makes a great natural deodorant which will help prevent armpit rash after having your underarm area waxed.

(4). Apply cold water to reduce irritation

One of the easiest and cheapest ways to prevent irritation and discomfort after waxing is to apply a cold wet compress. The cold water helps to constrict blood vessels and prevent inflammation and swelling in the affected skin area.
According to doctors from the Mayo Clinic, cold compresses are a great way to reduce irritation and soothe inflamed skin. These can help to calm various types of skin irritation, including irritation caused by waxing.6
How to use:
To use a cold compress to take the discomfort out of reddened skin that has been caused by waxing, you should do the following:
  1. Moisten a clean wash cloth with cold water and wring out the excess water.
  2. Hold against the skin irritation for 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. If necessary, dampen the cloth with cold water when necessary to keep the compress cool.
  4. Repeat several times a day to reduce post-waxing skin irritation.

(5). Take an oatmeal bath to exfoliate waxed skin

Oatmeal is an excellent treatment for your skin after waxing because it helps to exfoliate your skin and soothes irritation. Oatmeal contains anti-inflammatory properties that also have a cleansing effect on the skin. The coarse texture of ground oatmeal is also excellent for removing dead skin cells from waxed skin.
According to the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, oatmeal has a proven effect in reducing itching and irritation in various skin disorders. It can be used in skin preparations as a cleanser, moisturizer, and natural skin irritation treatment.11
How to use:
To quickly get rid of the symptoms of irritated skin after waxing your legs or larger areas of your body and stop rashes from developing, you should use oatmeal this way:
  1. Draw a bath of warm water and add 2 cups of ground oatmeal under the running water.
  2. Mix the oatmeal around the water to help extract the natural healing agents.
  3. Relax in the bath for 20 minutes.
  4. You can also soak a handful of oatmeal in the water and press onto waxed patches of skin that are especially irritating.
  5. Rinse off in the shower and pat yourself dry.
  6. Repeat the process for the first 2-3 days after your waxing appointment.
To help soothe smaller areas of waxed skin from irritation, soreness, and redness, you can make a simple paste of oatmeal and water. Apply the mask to the waxed skin on your armpit, face, or bikini area and leave for 10 minutes before rinsing off. Repeat daily until your skin irritation problem has been resolved.

(6). Wear loose clothing

After waxing, it’s important to wear loose clothing so that you don’t get skin rashes and irritate your skin even more. Clothing that rubs against waxed skin can cause friction that will cause your sensitive skin to become more irritated.
Another reason to wear loose clothing and cotton underwear after a bikini wax or hair removal from other body parts is that your skin can breathe easier. This prevents excess sweating and a buildup of bacteria that could cause clusters of small infected bumps after waxing.

(7). Apply a cucumber mask to prevent rash and soothe irritation

One excellent way to prevent breaking out after waxing is to apply a cooling cucumber mask. The way that cucumber helps to prevent rashes and skin irritation after removing hair with wax is due to its antioxidant properties.
According to the journal Fitoterapia, cucumber contains compounds that have a cooling effect on the skin. It also contains various vitamins that help to nourish skin and promote quicker healing.13
How to use:
Cucumber soothing masks are especially useful to prevent and treat rashes and irritation on your face after removing facial hair with waxing. This is what you should do:
  1. Take a cucumber from the fridge and cut it into slices
  2. Place the sliced cucumber on your waxed upper lip area or eyebrow area or any other part of your face that is showing signs of irritation.
  3. Leave for 20 minutes.
  4. Apply the cucumber remedy every day, 2-3 times a day for instant relief from skin irritation caused by waxing.
Cucumber can also be used on your face to naturally get rid of puffy eyes and reduce facial swelling.

(8). Honey to heal skin

After having your skin waxed, you can apply raw honey or Manuka honey to relieve any irritation and help your skin heal quicker. Manuka honey has been used for centuries to relieve skin inflammation and treat various infectious skin disorders.
Research into the healing properties of honey has shown that its antibacterial properties also have a role in skin healing. The research found that honey helps tissue to repair itself quicker, reduces inflammation, and assists in healing skin wounds and soothing irritations quicker.12
How to use:
To promote skin healing with honey after waxing and reduce the risk of a serious skin rash developing, this is what you should do:
  1. Wash your hand and take a little honey on your fingers.
  2. Apply the honey remedy to waxed areas that are showing signs of irritation and gently massage into your skin.
  3. Leave to dry and then rinse off with cool water.
  4. After 2-3 days, you should notice that signs of your rash and skin irritation are better.
  5. Continue using until all symptoms of irritation from waxing have gone.

(9). Avoid using soap on waxed areas

For the first few days after waxing, you should avoid using harsh soaps and cleansers on the waxed areas. Soap can irritate sensitive skin even more and cause a lot of irritation. Harsh soaps can also hinder the healing process.
According to Dr. Alan Rockoff on MedicineNet, soaps can actually cause a rash, especially if you already have sensitive skin. This is because soaps can strip the skin of its natural oils that form a protective barrier against irritation.14

(10). Stay out of the sun

Another thing that you should do if you have just had a part of your body waxed is to stay out of the sun. Waxing causes your skin to become extra sensitive and direct sunlight in the first 12 hours after waxing could damage the outer layer of your skin.
The best advice is to cover up parts of your body that have been waxed because even sunscreen could irritate the follicles of waxed skin and cause you to develop a nasty rash.

(11). Exfoliate your skin after waxing

As your skin continues to recover after waxing, you can prevent infections and ingrown hair by continuing to look after your skin.
One important way to care for waxed skin it to exfoliate your skin every 2-3 days. To do this, you can use a gentle exfoliating brush or glove to remove dead skin cells. This will prevent follicles getting blocked that could cause some pimples to form or a hair to grow back in on itself.

What You Should Never Do After Waxing

Apart from the above things you should do after waxing to prevent irritating skin conditions that could lead to a rash or infection, there are also some things you should avoid. Some of these are:
  • For the first 24 hours after a waxing session, stay out of chlorinated water like swimming pools.
  • Also, avoid spas or saunas in the first 24 hours after waxing any part of your body.
  • Avoid touching the waxed area and if you need to do so, always wash your hands.
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