Waxing should be avoided if you have a contagious skin condition, or cuts or grazes to the area requiring waxing. It is also not recommended if you have skin allergies or thin, fragile skin.

Steroid medication can thin the skin, so do not wax for three months after your medication course is complete, or six months if taking the acne treatment, Roaccutane.

You may also be advised to avoid waxing in areas with raised moles and skin tags, bites, bruises or varicose veins.