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.
Removing Wax from the Skin with Oil
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.
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.
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.
Rinse the area thoroughly and completely with cold water.
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.
The soaping/washing process may cause your skin to dry out. If this is the case, apply a moisturizer to the area after you have completed the process.
An alternative to the washing method is to simply let the wax dry and then scraping it off of the skin with something flat such as a credit card or piece of cardboard. This method will only work if you have wax stuck in an area that has no hair/short hair. The oil/washing method should be used if you have wax stuck in an area with longer hair.
Some oil-based solvents are too strong for the sensitive skin in some areas of the body. If you have wax stuck in a sensitive area you should attempt removal without oil first and/or consult your dermatologist or physician.