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Waxing is a temporary way to remove hair from the body.

Waxing Side Effects

Waxing takes with it the outermost layer of the skin, exposing the body to bacteria that can cause staph infections, infections of the follicles, and ingrown hairs.

Who shouldn't use it: Wax should not be applied to weak or broken skin, which includes areas that are peeling and have varicose veins. Waxing is not good for skin that is prone to warts, pimples, moles, rashes, sunburn, and even seemingly harmless chapped skin. Medications that weaken the condition of the skin can also be problematic, so individuals taking oral acne treatments are advised to seek out other means of hair removal.

Waxing affects the top layer of your skin, so if you take skin-thinning medications (often for acne) like tretinoin, you may be too sensitive for the treatment. If you've recently tanned, you may also wax off some of that golden glow along with the hair, leaving spotty patches behind.

Drawbacks: Waxing is only a temporary solution to hair removal. You'll need to continually wax hair over time.

Recovery Time For Waxing

None. Any irritation is temporary and diminishes within a few hours, though if you're attending a social event at noon, it may be wise to skip your lip wax at 10 am.

After care for waxing: It is best not to use makeup to cover up redness, because it can clog pores. Applying an anti-bacterial cream to the affected area immediately after waxing reduces the risk of infection. A mild, unscented lotion can be used to soothe just-waxed skin.

During the first 48 hours after waxing, prolonged periods of sunlight and excess heat can cause the skin to become irritated. Exfoliating the skin after 48 hours may decrease ingrown hair growth.

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