Waxing is one of the hair removal methods, which can be used on practically every part of the body, unless a mold or broken skin is present. The reason why it is popular is related to the fact that it provides results that are not permanent, but that do last longer than the results that some other methods provide, due to the fact that it removes the hair from its root.
What about side effects of waxing?
As for the possible side effects, the majority of women will probably first think of the pain when waxing is in question. However, the fact is that this way of removing hairs is painful only for the first several times, and many women will confirm this. Another side effect will probably be redness, which is usually inevitable, but which also tends to disappear and subdue very quickly. The rash or some other forms of irritation are not necessarily experienced by everyone, but are also among accompanying signs of waxing that occur more frequently. Ingrown hair is another negative side of this way of removing hair, and it is even more uncomfortable when it causes inflammation and pain. Folliculitis or hair inflammation requires medical treatment.
Aside from these problems, unfortunately, there are several others, which might not be so obvious at the very beginning. On the contrary, they begin to appear over time. The fact that the skin tends to lose elasticity and suppleness gradually is a serious reason for concern, and what’s more, wrinkles seem to appear more easily in the waxed area as well, particularly in women who have sensitive skin.
How to avoid side effects?
The fact is that, unfortunately, some side effects cannot be avoided when it comes to waxing. However, in cases of hot waxing, it is necessary to make sure that the wax is not too hot, since that way burns or darkening of the skin are very likely to occur, particularly in women with a bit more sensitive skin. People with varicose veins should not consider waxing at all, and neither should people who suffer from diabetes, because they are at increased risk of developing infections.
As for the side effects such as redness, irritation and similar symptoms, they might be relieved by applying moisturizers or ice cubes in order to soothe the inflamed or irritated skin. Problems with ingrown hair could be resolved with scrubbing the area in question, either with facial scrub, or with a pumice stone, for example.