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The potential health problems of waxing at home

By Edited Apr 29, 2015 0 0

Some dangers of waxing at home

Hair removal by waxing at home has become very popular and since it is cheap, easy to do, effective and longer lasting than shaving with a razor blade it is easy to see why. Waxing at home does carry some real risks and issues and these need to be considered before waxing at home, bikini waxing, facial hair waxing or any other type of body hair removal using waxing methods.

So, what are the potential problems and issues that waxing at home can bring about?

Pain

Waxing does hurt, period. No matter what anyone says waxing, and waxing at home in particular, will cause pain and discomfort. The amount of pain you will feel depends on your individual pain threshold and your waxing technique. A trained beautician, or someone who performs the waxing procedure a lot will have a good technique that will not hurt so much. So, if you want to minimise the pain you feel when waxing at home, stick with it and refine your technique.

Skin burn and removal

This is one of the biggest dangers of waxing at home. If you heat the wax up to a too higher temperature and apply it to the skin when it is too hot you will end up burning the skin, which will leave it red raw and may result in weeping and scabbing. The trick here is to make sure you don’t heat the wax up too hot, but how do you know what is too hot?

The home waxing kit’s instruction manual will explain how to heat the wax up to the required temperature, so make sure you follow these instructions to the letter. After heating up the wax apply a small amount to your arm and see how hot it feels. If the wax feels too hot then wait a while and let it cool down before applying it to area to be waxed.

Redness and inflammation

Waxing at home may result in redness and inflammation. The redness isn’t the result of the body hair being ripped out of the skin, but the wax being ripped off the skin. The redness should only last a few hours after home waxing so if it hasn’t died down several hours after waxing at home there may be something else wrong.

A prolonged period of redness and/or inflammation may be the result of an allergic reaction to the wax. Before removing unwanted body hair by waxing at home you should always do a small test before going all out and removing everything. The test should involve mixing up the wax and applying it to a small and inconspicuous area of skin and leaving it for the allotted time, unless it is painful of course. After the allotted time the wax should be washed off and you should continue to monitor the skin. If you have any allergic reaction to the wax you should not use it. So, if the redness doesn’t die down or the skin becomes inflamed or the skin becomes tender and painful don’t use the wax. It makes no difference how severe the reaction is do not use the wax if there is any type of reaction .

Change in skin colour

A change in skin colour immediately after waxing is not unusual and is nothing to worry about. Any change in skin colour should be temporary and last an hour or so at the very most. If the change in skin colour last longer than this you have not done something right. A prolonged period of a change in skin colour may be the result of an allergic reaction, which is not good.

Pimples

Pimples are a common issue of waxing at home. The pimples can consist of small white heads, large whiteheads or small red spots. The pimples arise as bacteria gets in to the skin where the hair follicles once were. If you get pimples after waxing at home don’t be tempted to squeeze or nip them out. Popping the pimples will spread the bacteria, which is likely to result in even more pimples, so don’t touch them. If you apply a cream, such as Savlon, to the pimple this will help cleat them up.

The best way to prevent the pimples is to ensure that everything is clean and this applies before, during and after waxing. Before waxing you need to prepare the area to be waxed and ensure it is nice and clean. You need to thoroughly wash the area you are going to wax to get rid of the dead skin cells. Next, wash your hands and fingernails and wax the body hair. After waxing thoroughly wash the area once more.  

Bumps and ingrown hairs

Ingrown hairs seem to happen with all body hair removal methods. It makes no difference whether the body hair is shaved off with a razor and razor blade, removed with an epilator, used with a hair removal cream or removed using wax ingrown hairs can still occur. When removing excess body hair by waxing at home it is not always possible to entirely remove the hair follicle from the root and the hair may break leaving a sharp tip which can bend back and pierce the skin, hence turning in to an ingrown hair.  

Bumps and ingrown hairs are often the result of bad waxing technique, so you need to work on this. If, after practicing your waxing at home technique, you still can’t master it you are probably best going to a qualified beautician to do the waxing for you.

Bruising

People who are prone to bruising may experience a small amount of bruising after waxing at home. These bruises should be almost impossible to see and should disappear after a couple of hours. If you are black and blue after waxing, and it looks like you have been beaten up, your technique is totally wrong.

Excessive bruising after waxing is not normal so work on your technique or get someone else to do the waxing for you.

 

If you have had several waxing sessions and you still experience any of the problems associated with waxing you need to consider whether waxing is right for you or not. You may want to go to a beauty salon to see if it is your waxing at home technique that is all wrong or not, or you may want to go back to shaving the unwanted body hair with a razor.

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