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Wax burns: how to take away pain and heal.

What to do if you burned the client with wax?

Wax burns are quite unpleasant and painful. It can be a burn during waxing, or just a drop of wax from a candle.

Cooling the burn and treating the pain…

As soon as you get a wax burn, you should immediately place the affected body part under cold water for 20 minutes. You can fill a basin or bathtub for this purpose. If you get a wax burn on your face, you should put a towel soaked in icy water on it. You can also simply use a cold compress. In this case do not use soap or other cleansing agents. After all, they will only increase irritation on burnt skin.

After that, you should check if there is any wax left on the skin. If so, gently remove the residue. You don’t have to pull it with force, otherwise you risk skin damage. Also, do not remove the wax from the blister. New sores and even festering are inevitable.

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Next, you need to understand whether you can cure a burn yourself or you will need the help of a doctor. Light burns with wax can heal without additional intervention. But with whitened or blackened skin, when you can see the bone or muscles, and the area of the burn is larger than a coin, you should consult a doctor.

The remaining wax should be removed with Vaseline. If there is any wax left on the burn, apply a thin layer of Vaseline. After 10 minutes, the wax itself will move away from the skin, you can use a soft wet towel.

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How to treat a wax burn?

After you have washed the burn with water, wash your hands with mild soap and then rinse again under cool water. Wipe your hands with a towel, but do not rub the burn area. Some soft tissues may separate from the burn site with wax, so don’t be frightened. Keep burns clean, as they are very sensitive to infections.

Apply clean aloe vera or an ointment with antibiotic to the affected area. You can buy them at any pharmacy. They’re applied in a thin layer. You can also apply the juice from aloe leaf. If you do not have such products on hand, you can apply a liquid vitamin E, and to prevent infection you should apply an ointment with silver sulfadiazine (for example, “Dermazine”).

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Wax burns: how to take away pain and heal. 4 Ligate gauze on the damaged skin, especially if you have cracked skin or blisters. An adhesive plaster can be used to fix it. The bandage should be changed once or twice a day, or if it is wet or dirty.

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Wax burns: how to take away pain and heal. 4 If it is very painful, swelling occurs, ibuprofen can be used.

Later on, do not touch the wound, do not peel off the crust, brush off the burn. This will only worsen the condition and increase the healing process. Moreover, there are many bacteria on your fingers, which can penetrate into the affected area and lead to infection.

Wax burns: how to take away pain and heal. 4 Also, forget about tanning, going out into the sun, tanning beds for a while. After all, burnt skin is very sensitive, it does not tolerate sunlight. Either close this skin to the sun until the wound is completely healed. It is advisable to use SPF 30 sunscreen.

Wax burns: how to take away pain and heal. 4 If there are signs of infection on the wound – pus, unpleasant smell, increased redness – you should immediately seek medical help. This should also be done if the burn with wax does not heal for more than two weeks.

Salon Compass – Contraindications App

The Importance of the Salon Compass Contraindications App

Salon Compass - Contraindications App 10Contraindication is a specific situation in which the treatment should not be carried out due to harm and danger to a person’s health.

Salon Compass - Contraindications App 10 This app is created by a passionate Skin Therapist for Skin Therapists, Massage Practitioners or anyone dealing with holistic and/or cosmetic procedures.

With the bombardment of information from various sources, it is easy to get lost and confused on the topics of skin-related diseases, disorders and conditions that may or may not affect or prevent a treatment. To be a therapist usually means working in solitude, taking risks and sometimes making important decisions all by yourself.

Salon Compass - Contraindications App 10Most of the time, there is no-one to ask for a second opinion. How many times have each of us ended up putting on a brave face of a person who knows what to do, whilst “biting our lip” and hoping for the best.

Another scenario is hearing a complex medical condition the client suffers from, that we have never heard of. We often pretend we know what they talking about… Likewise, there are situations when we know that something does not look right when looking at the client’s skin/nails etc. The “yellow light” is shining, but we don’t know what exactly it is and therefore we act on the principle to “keep calm and carry on” with the treatment.

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Lets face it, we all have dealt with such cases.

If you are a Therapist who takes pride in what you do – wanting to learn more and keep growing – whilst taking care of your clients’ safety, then the Salon Compass App is for you.

Safety First

Salon Compass - Contraindications App 10Training in Beauty Therapy/Massage does not often cover a significant amount of contraindications and conditions that can significantly affect the service. I, personally was surprised when studying at how little information was given in my training manuals.

Time is limited, and nowadays one can take a two-day crash course to become a Therapist. The result is there are many Therapists out there who are not competent, leading to client’s dissatisfaction, low standards and an increased risk for both the Therapist and client.

Salon Compass - Contraindications App 10 Over the years I had so many questions (at times urgent) that I didn’t have an answer to… I could read up about the concern in a book or on the Internet, however I needed a solution then and there. That made me paralysed and frustrated at the same time.

When treating a client, you don’t have access to these things. That’s when the idea of the App came to life. I decided to fill this gap and created a handy, easy-to-use App.

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What makes Salon Compass even more special is that it can be used online as well as offline. Even if your treatment room is in the basement, we have made it simple to find answers wherever you are, regardless.

The content of the App is a concise summary of relevant points with an addition of what, where and how things can be tackled. Needless to say, a solid knowledge of a client’s condition is the key to a professional growth and success.

In this App, you will find a simple yet complete overview of treatment contraindications and preventions or restrictions, if any.

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Learning theory is a very different thing to what we get as Therapists in practice.

Salon Compass - Contraindications App 10 Our college studies and certificates only open doors to a huge field of practice.  We learn as we go along, and it is an endless, but an exciting process.

It takes months of study and practice in training salons to start absorbing the knowledge of treatments and some of the dangers to the clients if they are contraindicated against them.

 It then takes years to familiarise yourself with countless “unique” situations that arise while treating customers.

Salon Compass - Contraindications App 10 There are cases when a client is not even aware of his/her condition, and you may be their saviour if you explain correctly what your concern is. I have heard stories from my colleagues when they had detected suspicious moles/marks that the client didn’t know existed, and after going to a doctor, client has been thankful to their therapist for being honest, direct and considerate about those things, whilst preventing from a potentially life-threatening condition.

Salon Compass - Contraindications App 10 There are other cases, when a client knows about the condition but prefers not to share it with a therapist. There are also cases when the client tells about the condition but you have no idea what he/she is talking about. In either case, if you’re unsure, do not restrain from asking more questions. Do your research and Salon Compass is always there to the rescue.

Salon Compass - Contraindications App 10 Beauty and body treatments can hide a minefield of potentially damaging problems to the unsuspecting client, and at the end of the day it’s the Therapist’s responsibility to protect the client by ensuring the treatment booked is suitable for them.

Salon Compass - Contraindications App 10 It is in both in the Therapist’s and the client’s best interest to make sure that the medical questionnaire is answered honestly and is kept up-to-date. Be constructive and informative, professional and compassionate. Clients will appreciate your decision. After all, you are the professional and the expert. Explain that its for their own safety.

There are two types of contraindication

Total – a treatment cannot be performed

Relative – a treatment cannot be performed on affected area only

Important! Whatever you do, do not compromise on safety and precaution, unless a letter from a doctor has been provided.

Map to Salon Compass Contraindications

We have created a pedestrian light (RED, YELLOW and GREEN)

Yellow Colour - Relative Contraindication- Be cautious and do not perform the treatment over the affected area. This is a localised contraindication

Red Colour – Total Contraindication of the treatment

Green Colour – Not contraindicated, you can perform the treatment safely.

We also provided more information about every condition: names, signs, symptoms and a simple description.

I am sure you will find Salon Compass to be a great help and companion to various conditions that may come up during consultation, as well as the treatment itself.

And now its time to put theory in practice. Enjoy the app and have every success on your way, my fellow colleague!

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What Medications Are Contraindicated To Beauty Therapy?

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Therapists Need to be Aware of Common Side Effects of Medications

  • Medications that Cause Skin Sensitivity
  • Steroids
  • Blood-Thinning Medications
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Medications Cause Skin Sensitivity Massage, waxing, facial, nails

Assorted antibiotics, sulfa drugs, cold and allergy medicines and pain killers are among the medications that can make people more vulnerable to sun and heat.

A number of medications used to treat acne, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and cancer can also cause these side effects.

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These common medications can make skin more sensitive:

  • 8-MOP
  • Accutane
  • Adapalene
  • Alustra
  • Avage
  • Avita
  • Benadryl Allergy
  • Blocadren
  • Compazine
  • Cordarone
  • Cardioquin
  • Dimetapp
  • Donnatal
  • Diuril
  • Differin
  • Elavil
  • Eldepryl
  • eDiabines
  • Feldene
  • Genahist
  • HydroDiuril
  • Isotretinoin
  • Naprosyn
  • Oxsoralen
  • Phenergan
  • Renova
  • Retin-A
  • Sudafed
  • Sinequan
  • Tretinoin
  • Tazarotene
  • Tazarac
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Steroids Massage, waxing, facial, nails

Steroids, also called corticosteroids, are anti-inflammatory medicines used to treat a range of conditions.

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They can be used to treat problems such as:

  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Eczema
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Arthritis

Steroids unpleasant side effects are:

  • High blood pressure
  • Increased appetite
  • Mood changes
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Cushing's syndrome
  • Thin skin that bruises easily
  • Fat deposits in the face

Steroids don’t tend to cause significant side effects if they’re taken for a short time or at a low dose. But sometimes they can cause unpleasant side effects.

They’re different from the anabolic steroids used by athletes and body builders to improve their performance.

List of Steroids:

  • Steroid tablets:
  • Prednisolone
  • Betamethasone
  • Dexamethasone
  • Steroid inhalers:
  • Beclometasone
  • Budesonide
  • Fluticasone
  • Mometasone
  • Steroid injections:
  • Hydrocortisone
  • Triamcinolone
  • Methylprednisolone

Some people believe taking anabolic steroids will help them become fit and healthy. This isn’t true: taking anabolic steroids is a dangerous drug habit.

Anabolic steroids are class C drugs, which can only be sold by pharmacists with a prescription.

Anabolic steroids are performance-enhancing drugs that increase muscle mass and decrease fat, as well as causing many undesirable effects.

Some athletes, weightlifters and bodybuilders take them regularly to improve their physical performance and build up their bodies.

List of Anabolic Steroids:

  • Anadrol
  • Anavar
  • Clenbuterol
  • Clomid
  • Cytomel
  • Deca Durabolin
  • Dianabol
  • Equipoise
  • Halotestin
  • Human Growth Hormone
  • Insulin
  • Lasix
  • Methyltestosterone
  • Nolvadex
  • Omnadren
  • Primobolan
  • Sustanon
  • Cypionate
  • Enanthate
  • Propionate
  • Testosterone Suspension
  • Testosterone
  • Trenbolone
  • Winstrol
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Blood-Thinning Medications Massage, waxing, facial, nails

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There are two main types of blood thinners.

Anticoagulants such as heparin or warfarin (also called Coumadin) slow down your body’s process of making clots.

Antiplatelet drugs, such as aspirin, prevent blood cells called platelets from clumping together to form a clot.

According to Community Medicine at Queen Mary University of London, “one common medication that may require treatment alterations is anticoagulant medications [blood thinners] like Warfarin because they may make your clients more prone to bruising and internal bleeding.”

This is a list of medications that have an affect on the blood clotting process:

  • A
  • Actron
  • Advil
  • Aggrenox
  • Aleve
  • Alka-Seltzer
  • Anacin
  • Anaprox
  • Anexsia w/Code
  • Anodynos
  • Ansaid
  • A.P.C.
  • Artrotec
  • A.S.A.
  • Ascriptin
  • Aspergum
  • Aspirin
  • Axotal
  • B
  • B-A-C
  • Bayer
  • Bexophene
  • Bextra
  • Brilinta
  • Buffered Aspirin
  • Buffaprin
  • Bufferin
  • Buffinol
  • C
  • Cama Arthritis Strength
  • Cataflam
  • Celebrex
  • Cheracol Capsules
  • Clinoril
  • Clopidogrel
  • Coumadin
  • Congespirin
  • Combunox
  • D
  • Damason-P
  • Darvon
  • Dasin
  • Daypro
  • DHC plus
  • Dia-Gesic
  • Diclofenac
  • Dipyridamole
  • Disalcid
  • Dolabid
  • Dolprin #3
  • Doxaphene
  • Dristan
  • E
  • Easprin
  • Ecotrin
  • Emagrin Forte
  • Empirin
  • Equagesic
  • Equazine
  • Etodolac
  • Excedrin
  • F
  • Feldene
  • Fenoprofen
  • Fiogesic
  • Fiorgen PF
  • Fiorinal
  • G
  • Ginko biloba
  • Gemnisyn
  • I
  • Ibuprofen
  • Indocin
  • Indomethacin
  • K
  • Ketoprofen
  • Ketorolac
  • L
  • Liquprin
  • Lodine
  • Lortab
  • M
  • Magnaprin
  • Marnal
  • Measurin
  • Meclofenamate
  • Mefenamic
  • Meloxicam
  • Meprobamate
  • Midol
  • Mobic
  • Momentum
  • Motrin
  • N
  • Nabumetone
  • Naprelan
  • Naprapac
  • Naprosyn
  • Naproxen
  • Norgesic
  • Nuprin
  • O
  • Orudis
  • Oruvail
  • Oxaprozin
  • P
  • Pabalate
  • P-A-C
  • Percodan
  • Persantine
  • Persistin
  • Piroxicam
  • Plavix
  • Pletal
  • Ponstel
  • Prevacid with Naprapac
  • Presalin
  • Profen
  • Pradaxa
  • R
  • Relafen
  • Robaxisal
  • Roxiprin
  • Rufen
  • S
  • Salsalate
  • Saleto
  • Salocol
  • Soma Compound
  • Sprix nasal spray
  • St. Joseph Sulindac
  • Supac
  • Synalgos-DC
  • T
  • Talwin
  • Ticagrelor
  • Ticlopidine
  • Ticlid
  • Tolectin
  • Tolmetin
  • Toradol
  • Trental
  • Trigesic
  • Trilisate
  • U
  • Ultraprin
  • Uni-Pro
  • V
  • Vanguish
  • Vicoprofen
  • Vimovo
  • Vitamin E
  • Voltaren
  • W
  • Warfarin
  • Z
  • Zipsor
  • Zorpin

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