Is Waxing Bad?

By: Niharika Choudhary
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Who doesn't like to wax? Well, most of them may not like it. Thanks to the pain that it brings along; however, skin as smooth as silk is all that we want.

Waxing gives a perfectly smooth skin. It prevents the growth of hair for a longer period of time as compared to other hair-removal methods.

It even helps in removing tan and blemishes. It also cures sunburns and lightens up the skin colour.

Saloons these days are competing against each other in all the services they provide. They are introducing different kinds of services every day.

Even waxing has many variations. Some of which are Brazilian wax, chocolate wax, Hollywood wax, etc. Hmmm, fancy names, aren't they?

Anyway, there's a lot of debate going on in whether waxing is good or has many health hazards. A section of dermatologists say that waxing is hazardous to our skin and eventually health.

They opine of the fact that waxing damages the skin in the long run. According to them, waxing is also a cause of several infections and skin cancers.

Through this article, we would like to highlight some potential threats of waxing; however, obviously we do not want you to panic, but it's always good to know the pros and cons of everything.

So, read on to know more.

You Loose The Suppleness And Elasticity Of Your Skin

Regular and prolonged waxing gives a long-time side effect. With the constant use of wax, your skin may lose its elasticity and suppleness, which might end up in a wrinkle formation.

Your skin might also become more prone to itching and heavy loss of moisture during the winter months.

Skin Rashes And Irritation

At times, soon after getting the wax done, you might have observed small rashes or reddish bumps on your skin. This is the most common side effect that the hot wax has on your skin; however, this vanishes as you apply an ice pack or wash your skin with some cold water. Overheated wax may also leave burns on your skin.

Skin Infection Or Persistent Itching

Harmful, cheap or unclean waxing products used for waxing may lead to skin infections and persistent irritation. Some people can also be allergic to certain ingredients present in the wax, and waxing may worsen their condition.

Ingrown Hairs Or Pseudofolliculitis

This is a major reason for developing side effects of waxing. The hair grows inwards when the waxing is done incorrectly on the opposite side of the follicle. The next line of hair that grows gets trapped into the opposite side of the follicle, thus resulting into more curling of the hair.

Rashes, Bleeding Or Bruising

People with extreme delicate and sensitive skin may face the occurrence of heavy rashes and bruising of the skin after getting waxed. Highly sensitive areas like underarms or the bikini area might also end up in bleeding with appearance of several bumps or painful boils.

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Story first published: Saturday, February 27, 2016, 11:30 [IST]
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