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I got folliculitis after a back waxing (honey based wax) at a spa. Does this imply contaminated wax, or is this a common reaction for some people?
Folliculitis: Either can occur. It is more probable that these organisms were already present on the surface of your skin, but without cultures prior to and after your episode it is impossible for me to implicate the spa. This may be a question for your local health department, since if it has occurred and been complained of by others they may want to investigate. Good luck. ...Read more
No.: A bee sting allergy means you are allergic to the bee's venom, which is not in either honey or beeswax. It is certainly possible to be allergic to honey or beeswax (especially if you have a bad pollen allergy), but that's a completely separate allergy, unrelated to bee sting venom. ...Read more
If someone is allergic to bee and bee stings, would that person likely be allergic to honey and bees wax?
That is fine: We do not known, but if it organic has benefits. ...Read more
Yes: Waxing burns are usually superficial and tend to fade with time. If needed, you can use an over-the-counter or prescription fading cream that contains hydroquinone as its active ingredient. Be sure to use sunscreen also, as sun makes dark marks darker. If you are using a retinoid (prescription) or retinol, be sure to stop it at least 3 days before waxing or request hard wax to prevent burns. ...Read more