Keratosis Pilaris & Waxing — Bad Combo?

Question: Okay, I recently waxed my upper/lower leg and have experienced some issues: a) more bumps (ingrown hairs?) b) regrowth in under one week c) itchiness d) painful goosebumps! The goosebumps really hurt! It's almost as if when I get chilled, the hairs are poking me, but they can't get through the plugged follicles. What's going on here? Are people with KP better off with a razor than wax?

Many of my patients with KP suggest not waxing and others react fine to waxing – thus it really depends on the person and the severity of their condition. Unfortunately it sounds like you may not be an ideal candidate for waxing, or you may have had a negative reaction the wax, heat from the wax or improper wax treatment. Best skin care wishes.

Meagan, Esthetician