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Does waxing damage your skin?

Hair Removal 101: 5 Unexpected Ways Waxing is Damaging Your Skin


As a top provider of laser hair removal in Burbank and Sherman Oaks, we understand how getting rid of unwanted hair can make you look and feel sexier and more attractive. But before you schedule your next waxing appointment, consider these unwanted “side effects” of waxing that can leave you with more than you bargained for:

Waxing creates tiny wounds under the skin.

harmful germs

That means your skin may be exposed to harmful germs that have the potential to cause infections. The risk is significantly elevated in the bikini area, and especially in a Brazilian wax, where bacteria are more likely to be present. In addition to more superficial infections, bacteria can migrate to deeper levels of your skin, causing dangerous cellulitis infections.

Bikini waxes leave you more vulnerable to a viral infection.

Bikini waxes

That causes wart-like growths around the anus, vagina and vulva. The virus, called molluscum contagiosum, can be treated, but it can take a long time for it to clear up, leaving you with unsightly bumps in the meantime.

Waxing can cause persistent skin irritation and redness.

persistent skin irritation

Especially if you have sensitive skin. Most redness is temporary and clears up within a day or two, but you need to take special care of your skin to prevent sores and infections from developing.

Waxing causes the hair bulb to become damaged.

hair bulb

It means when hair does grow back, it will be much finer than before. That may sound like a good “side effect,” but if you decide to stop waxing, you could be left with an odd or uneven hair growth pattern.

Hot wax can burn your skin.

burn your skin

Especially if you use skin products that contain retinoids, acids, or other anti-aging compounds that make skin more tender and more susceptible to heat damage.

Laser hair removal offers a great alternative to waxing, providing long-term results you can feel confident about. To learn more about laser hair removal in Sherman Oaks and Burbank, call Flawless Skin Center’s Sherman Oaks location at 818-465-3060 or our Burbank office at 818-848-2288 and schedule your consultation today.

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