Preventing Histamine Reactions When Sugaring

Sugaring is a very gentle form of hair removal. There is typically no skin damage or lifting from sugaring, so with its simple list of all-natural ingredients, even the most sensitive people can use sugaring as their go-to method. 

As with any other form of epilation however, sugaring can lead to a histamine reaction. Though rarely serious, a histamine reaction can be painful and unsightly. Doing everything you can to minimize the risk of this reaction will help ensure that your clients will have an excellent sugaring experience, and that they will continue to come back again and again. 

There are steps you can take to minimize the risk of this reaction, and we will go over these shortly. First, let’s talk about what exactly a histamine reaction is.

What is a Histamine Reaction?

A histamine reaction is your body’s response to trauma. When an injury occurs, your body reacts by producing histamine. The removal of body hair, especially lanugo hair, can cause this reaction. This histamine increases the blood flow to the area, creating redness and inflammation.

Symptoms of a Histamine Reaction

The symptoms of a histamine reaction depend on the level of severity. In most cases, there will be redness in the area. More severe cases can include swelling, itchiness, rashes, and excess heat on the affected area.

Preventing a Histamine Reaction

Prevention is the biggest key when it comes to avoiding histamine reactions. Although you can’t avoid the risk altogether, the following will help you mitigate it. 

  • Before sugaring cleanse the area thoroughly with SugarSMAC cleanser.
  • Make sure to use enough powder to absorb excess moisture on the skin, but be careful not to use an excessive amount.
  • Be extra gentle with delicate areas, especially facial sugaring. 
  • Do not go over the same area excessively, especially on the face. 
  • Ask the clients if they want all hair removed, including lanugo (the peach fuzz) hairs or just the thicker, coarser ones.
  • Follow up the appointment with proper aftercare, including SugarSMAC Tonic and Lotion. 
  • Advise your clients to follow all aftercare as instructed, making sure they are aware of the 24-hour rule.

Treating a Histamine Reaction

Sometimes, despite following all best practices, reactions can still occur. In this case, providing exceptional service includes knowing how to manage these occurrences and professionally instructing clients on how to best handle a reaction. Most times, a histamine reaction will go away on its own within a few hours. To treat it, clients may do the following:

  • Treat the area with a cold compress. 
  • Avoid putting oils or makeup on the area.
  • Continue using Tonic and Lotion frequently.
  • Advise them to visit their doctor or dermatologist if any reaction lasts for more than 24 hours.
  • In severe cases, their doctor or dermatologist may instruct them to take an antihistamine.

Histamine reactions happen infrequently, but they do happen. The best way to be prepared is to follow proper sugaring methods and aftercare instructions and to be well educated on the topic so that you may advise clients when a reaction does occur.