If you have been remotely considering the variety of different hair removal options out there, you are likely to have heard about waxing. This procedure – waxing – is quite simple, but painful. For many, it will be something that they will subject themselves to every couple of weeks to maintain their appearance. But, what are the side effects or after effects, if any, of waxing?
What’s Going To Happen?
While, this can be done at home, a trip to the waxing salon is the preferred method. This is primarily because it allows for individuals to have the procedure done professionally which translates to faster, less painful and a more thorough application.
Firstly, it is important to realize what happens during this procedure. This begins with a coat of warm wax applied to the skin to be treated and then a paper is applied to it. When the wax cools and hardens slightly, it bonds to the hair and to the paper. The paper is pulled quickly from the skin, removing the hair from the follicle. This procedure is beneficial because it reaches deep into the follicle to remove the hair. The hair will not regrow for up to a few weeks at a time.
Now Give Me The Bad News
Have you ever wondered if something could go wrong at your next waxing appointment? There are several things that can happen to you during and after waxing that you should be well aware of before you get it done:
“Why is my skin turning red?” – One of the most common reactions to the waxing procedure is hyper pigmentation or redness of the skin that was treated. This reaction happens to most individuals and is just the reaction that your skin has to being stressed. In most cases, it will be gone within a few minutes.
“Is it supposed to hurt this much?” – Most people do find waxing to be somewhat painful but not unbearable. The pain occurs only when the hair is removed and normally stops within a few seconds. Again, using the bandage analogy, it is similar to the pain of a bandage being removed quickly from the skin.
“I’m scarred” – In some cases, there is minimal scarring that occurs. Scaring is rare but it does happen.
“Ingrown hairs?” – Ingrown hair can also happen. In most cases, this occurs because the hair does not grow back correctly once it has been removed. Removal often repairs the problem.
“Heard of Folliculitis?” – In some rare cases, folliculitis can also occur. This is the inflammation of the follicle itself. It can be treated with medication if necessary, but often is not.
In order to insure that your waxing procedure goes as well as possible, the best course of action is to insure that a professional with experience does it for you.