Is Waxing Bad for Skin? I can imagine the heading has pulled your eyebrows together and you are thinking ‘Whaaat?’!! Waxing is the one of the most popular hair removal method. Waxing gives us a soft, smooth skin. Regular waxing will make the hair grow less sparse. Waxing also prevents hair growth for a long period of time. It also removes tan and blemishes. These days salons are offering different types of waxing, such as Chocolate Wax, Brazilian Wax, Hollywood Wax etc. However, a lot of debate is going on about how good is waxing, or does it come with side effects! Many dermatologists believe that waxing can damage our skin in the long run. It can be hazardous for our health as well as waxing can cause skin cancer. In this article, we will throw light on some side effects of waxing.
Waxing can be very popular, but it isn’t completely without risk. In 2007, as Australian women nearly died due to the infection caused by Brazilian wax. And in 2009, in the state of New Jersey 2 women landed in hospital with infections, again caused by Brazilian wax. However, chances are very less that you would end up in hospital after waxing. But there are some other side effects.
Regular waxing, when done for a long period of time can be damaging for skin. Constant use of wax may cause our skin to lose its suppleness and elasticity. This will lead to wrinkle formation. Also, during winter months, our skin can become extra dry and itchy.
Skin rashes and irritations are very common post waxing. Small reddish bumps appear on the skin, which are normally caused by hot wax. These rashes can be treated by applying some ice or washing the skin with cold water.
But using cheap, unclean and harmful waxing products can result in skin infection and persistent itching. Some of us may be allergic to certain ingredient present in the wax and regular waxing can only worsen the situation.
This is another side effect of waxing. Ingrown hair is the result of waxing. Our hair follicle has a bulb from where it grows. Then there is a tube attached to it that goes up into the skin. There is a lining inside the tube that acts as a guide for the hair to go up to the surface of the skin and finally exit the body through a hole. When we wax, we pull out the hair very fast. The rapid pulling disrupts the entire thing. When the hair regrows, it doesn’t have the lining to guide it and it can’t find a way to get out of the skin.
Bleeding and Bruising
Waxing is nothing less than a nightmare for people with extremely delicate and sensitive skin. They can face bruising or heavy rashes post waxing. Highly sensitive areas like bikini area or underarms can end up in bleeding along with painful boils.
So these are some of the side effects of waxing. Plus that unbearable pain it comes with!! I personally prefer shaving over waxing, simply because I can’t bear the pain! Which one do you prefer most? Waxing or shaving? Do share with us in the comment box below 🙂