We all think that it won’t take too long. After all, we’re not really getting rid of that many hairs. Even though every time we begin, it appears as if there’s just one more strand to get. And those strands become part of an endless row of unwanted hairs! We also assume it won’t hurt that much. But with each pluck, the pain just seems to intensify. Why do we go through this process at all? You know exactly what we’re talking about – tweezing!
Does it really pay to tweeze? When you consider the painstaking practice that it is, it’s hard to imagine why any of us have ever stood in the mirror with those tiny little utensils ripping hair out of their follicles. Sure, tweezing is supposed to bring about benefits that shaving does not. “The hair takes longer to grow back,” we often tell ourselves. “It provides a smoother result,” we attempt to convince each other.
But, at the end of the day, tweezing has been known to produce more negative effects than positive. Hair removal is important to many of us. And when we feel that there is only a small number of hairs to remove, we often resort to tweezing as a remedy. However, those negative effects can leave our skin looking worse than when the hairs were present. Tweezing, it seems, isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be.
Here are four of tweezing’s terrible side effects:
1. Ingrown hairs. Who wants to replace their unwanted hair with those reddish, sore-to-the-touch bumps? No one, right? However, that is often the case following a tweezing session. This is especially true for those who take to eyebrow plucking. “Ingrown hairs are a common side effect of plucking your eyebrows,” says Kristeen Cherney on ModernMom.com, “They occur when the brow hairs break off underneath your skin during tweezing.”
2. Folliculitis. Sounds a bit scary, doesn’t it? Not to worry. Folliculitis is not a serious disease or anything. But as HairRemovalForum.com informs us, this condition comes as a result of hair follicles becoming inflamed and infected. “The condition appears as small, pimple-like white dots on the skin, causing itching and pain,” explains the site, “Folliculitis can easily be mistaken as an embarrassing breakout.”
3. Infections. When you tweeze your unwanted hair, you end up leaving your pores open to potentially harmful elements, Cherney explains. This is especially true when the tweezers that you are using are unclean. If so, bacteria can be transferred to the skin, which can cause infection. “Kids Health recommends cleaning your tweezers with rubbing alcohol before plucking, as well as when you’re done with the process,” she reports.
4. Hyperpigmentation. Another scary-sounding big word, hyperpigmentation refers to the darkening of the skin where hair was tweezed. It is often noticeable as patches that occur on the face or other areas where tweezing occurred. The discolouration “is caused when melanin forms deposits in the skin from prolonged inflammation due to plucking,” explains HairRemovalForum.com, “This is common in certain skin types and may not affect everyone who tweezes.”
You’ll be happy to know that the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre provides the alternative to all of tweezing’s terrible side effects. The LightSheer™ Hair Laser offers a revolutionary treatment in the management of unwanted hair. Using a “chill tip”, the laser protects the skin from feeling pain. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.