I want to talk a little about the risks associated with waxing, as there are some. Most people like to think that there will be no negative side effects from any beauty procedures they undertake, but that's simply not true. Just as with eyelash extensions there is the risk that you might be allergic to the glue and have a negative reaction, with waxing, your skin may react to the wax, and there is a possibility that the skin can burn or tear. You are having hot wax placed on your skin and ripped off after-all!
Wax burns are the least likely side-effect of waxing, especially if you go to a reputable salon. It tends to happen more often with at-home waxing. If the wax is so hot that it causes a burn on the skin, then you should rethink going to that salon again! This simply should NOT happen, but just in case it does, here's what you need to do:
Skin Tears or Lifting
Skin is sensitive, and everyone's skin reacts differently to waxing. Certain products, such as Retinol can make the skin thinner and more prone to lifting or tearing, but unfortunately, it is a risk for anyone undertaking a wax.
Skin lifting happens when both dead and live skin are pulled off with the wax, creating an abrasion similar to scraping one’s knee. The client may not realize that they have an abrasion until a day or two later when a scab begins to form. Here are some reasons why the skin lifts:
The good news is, with proper treatment, skin damaged by lifting or tearing will heal and not leave a permanent scar:
Redness, Rash or Bumps
Waxing not only pulls the hair out of the follicle; it pulls at the skin too, which can lead to skin irritations.
Other side effects of waxing
Every method of hair removal has some potential side-effects and waxing is no exception. Waxing remains popular because it is quick, inexpensive, and provides longer lasting results than shaving or hair removal creams. However, it's important to be fully educated on the potential side-effects of waxing before you book an appointment, and understand that these side-effects could happen to you. In most cases, the chances of anything very negative occurring are low, however, the more common side effects are more likely, so you need to be prepared.