3 Major Reasons Why Waxing Your Body Hair Is Dangerous

Lifestyle & Health

March 20, 2018 14:31 By Fabiosa

Body hair removal seems to be a mandatory thing nowadays. Modern culture sets pretty clear beauty standards, thus forcing people to shave, wax, etc. Of course, there are those who do this for hygiene reasons. However, most of us remove their body hair to feel confident and beautiful.

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Evolution of hair removal methods.

The first popular methods of removing body hair were really cruel back in the day. In the 1920s, it became popular to shave underarm hair, which led to the appearance of the first razor for women. However, in the 1930s, some women used sandpaper or pumice stones to remove, for example, leg hair. Can you imagine the level of pain they were undergoing?

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The first electric razor for women emerged in the 1940s. Later, due to Marilyn Monroe’s effect, it became popular to correct eyebrows with the help of tweezers. Waxing strips appeared in the 1960s and quickly became popular.

Twenty years later, The J. Sisters Salon in Manhattan popularized the Brazilian wax. In the 1990s, laser hair removal technology made a boom, and in ten years, anyone could get the DIY device.

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Risks of waxing

Although we have many alternatives to waxing, many women still prefer this method the most. You should know that waxing is not harmless at all. Latest studies show us the possible risks in this department:

1. Small wounds and risk of infection

When you pull out hairs out by their roots, you create small wounds that are basically tiny skin tears. It is possible to get bacteria in them, which can cause surface infections and even deeper ones.

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2. Ingrown hair

Waxing means completely ripping hairs out. The new hair is going to be less dense and with a thinner texture. This leads to the problem of ingrown hair. The issue itself is pretty common. However, ingrown hair can cause suppuration, which is a huge deal.

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3. Irritated skin

It is a usual thing that the skin goes red after waxing. It indeed looks not so appealing. However, the good news is that the redness should go away overnight if you follow three simple tips:

  • wear loose cotton clothes to avoid too much friction;
  • avoid hot baths for 24 hours;
  • don’t scratch the irritated skin.

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Negative consequences of removing hair down there.

Many of us remove not only leg and armpit hair, but also pubic hair. There are, however, some specific disadvantages of removing your hair down there, such as:

  • less protection to germs;
  • micro-injuries heal much longer;
  • increased risk of STDs;
  • no protection against cold.

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We hope you found this article useful. Stay healthy!

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