How to Get Wax Off Skin

By Deborah Dera

If you have ever gotten wax on your skin from clumsy handling of candles, body waxing or any other activity which brings skin into contact with wax, you know it can be difficult to remove without making a larger mess. Below are some tips to deal with errant wax so you don't end up in Madame Tussaud's famous museum as part of the attraction.

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How to Get Wax Off Skin

Removing Wax from the Skin with Oil

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How to Get Wax Off Skin

Step 1

Choose an oil-based solvent. Using baby oil or vegetable-based oils is recommended as they are mild and tend not to irritate the skin. Mineral oil is also acceptable.

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How to Get Wax Off Skin

Step 2

Apply the oil to the problem area and rub vigorously. The oil will start to liquefy the wax and make it more susceptible to soap. This will turn the wax into a layer of sludge which, though liquid, does not rinse off easily with water.

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How to Get Wax Off Skin

Step 3

Apply enough soap and cold water to work up a lather. While using warmer water might generate suds more quickly it will also heat up the wax again, causing it to spread out across your skin.

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How to Get Wax Off Skin

Step 4

Rinse the area thoroughly and completely with cold water.

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How to Get Wax Off Skin

Step 5

Inspect the area that was covered with wax and, if wax still remains, apply another round of soap and cold water. This process can be repeated as many times as necessary until the wax is completely removed from the skin.