Should I Put Deodorant on Before I Get Waxed?

Should I Put Deodorant on Before I Get Waxed


It's generally recommended not to apply deodorant before getting waxed, especially in areas like the underarms. 

Here's why:

1. Irritation Prevention: Deodorants can contain chemicals and fragrances that might irritate the skin, especially when combined with the waxing process, which already exfoliates and stresses the skin.

2. Better Wax Adhesion: Clean, product-free skin allows the wax to adhere better to the hair, leading to a more effective waxing session.

3. Reduced Risk of Reactions: The combination of deodorant ingredients and waxing products can sometimes lead to adverse reactions on the skin.

4. Cleanliness: Waxing is most effective on clean skin. Any product residue, like that from deodorants, can interfere with the wax's grip on the hair.

It's best to arrive for your waxing appointment with clean, dry skin. If you're concerned about body odor, you might consider using a mild, non-irritating soap before your appointment and skip the deodorant until after your waxing session is complete. After waxing, it's also a good idea to wait a bit before applying deodorant to avoid irritation on the freshly waxed skin.

How long should I wait before putting deodorant on after I get waxed?

It's advisable to wait at least 24 hours before applying deodorant after waxing, especially in sensitive areas like the underarms. This waiting period allows your skin to recover and reduces the risk of irritation, inflammation, or other adverse reactions.


During waxing, the top layer of skin can be exfoliated along with hair removal, making the skin more sensitive and susceptible to irritation. Deodorants, especially those containing alcohol or fragrances, can be harsh on freshly waxed skin and may cause discomfort, redness, or rashes.

To care for your skin after waxing, consider the following:

1. Soothe the Skin: Apply a gentle, soothing lotion or aloe vera to calm the skin. Avoid products with fragrances or alcohol.

2. Keep It Cool: If the skin feels hot or irritated, a cool compress can help soothe it.

3. Wear Loose Clothing: Avoid tight clothing that may rub against the waxed area and cause irritation.

4. Keep the Area Clean: Maintain good hygiene, but avoid harsh soaps or scrubs on the waxed area for the first day or two.

5. Moisturize: After 24 hours, moisturize the area to keep the skin hydrated.

After the 24-hour period, if the skin looks and feels normal without signs of redness or irritation, it's generally safe to resume using deodorant. However, it's always best to listen to your skin and if in doubt, give it a little more time to recover.

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