Is waxing bad for sensitive skin?

To wax or not to wax, that is the question – particularly at this time of year when warm weather and Summer holidays mean more flesh is on show!

But as well as being very irritating on sensitive skin (Eczema and Psoriasis sufferers are encouraged to avoid it all together), waxing can also be quite unhygienic.

Last month, Woman’s Health reported a rise in bacterial infections due to the increasing popularity of waxing as a hair removal method.

What makes them so risky?

Body hair serves a very necessary purpose, protecting the sensitive skin in key areas.

“Getting a wax literally strips away that layer of protection,” explains Linda Franks, M.D, Assistant of Dermatology at NY School of Medicine.

As well as causing many tiny tears and openings in the skin’s uppermost layer, through which bacteria can permeate, waxing also causes inflammation.

Inflammation traps bacteria under skin – setting stage for skin infections, hair follicle infections and ingrown hairs.

What to look out for

If waxing’s your thing, then choose your salon carefully.

Ask what kind of wax will be used – hard wax is best as it is gentler and sticks to the hair rather than the skin.

During the waxing process, make sure your therapist does not double dip the wax applicator and instead uses a new spatula for each strip.

Double dipping introduces bacteria into the pot, which can then be spread from person to person.

How to prevent irritation

Soothe sore skin with Comfrey & Calendula Calming Body Cream.

Its powerful anti-inflammatory properties will cool and calm the skin, and help to heal and regenerate any damaged areas.

If you do suffer with sensitive skin you may want to check out alternatives such as threading or epilation, which are a lot kinder on the skin.

What do you think? Does waxing worry you at all?

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