Avoiding The Pain Of Tweezing And Plucking

It’s probably a safe bet to state that we all have particular strands of hair somewhere on our bodies that we’d prefer to have removed. As a result, we each take to a particular form of hair removal to do away with our unwanted hair. For some of us – the lucky ones – we have less hair to remove than others. With just a few strands here or there, the hair removal method of choice is often tweezing.

The act of tweezing or plucking can be pretty painful.

Anyone who has tried it is well aware of that. Tweezing is the act of plucking the hair right out of the hair follicle all the way down to the root. As a result, the hair takes longer to grow back. However, there are some side effects to this hair removal method.

“The most common side effects associated with tweezing are red, irritated skin and ingrown hairs,” reports Sarah Siddons on HowStuffWorks.com, “Considering the process, that's to be expected. When you pull a hair out of your skin, it's usually going to be painful and cause at least a little bit of inflammation, and ingrown hairs can result if hair is broken off above the root.”

Are there areas of the body that shouldn’t be plucked?

The answer is found mainly in your tolerance for pain. Naturally, some parts of the body are more sensitive than others. However, on WomanAndHome.com, Coral Rickard informs us that the armpit is a particularly sensitive area where the risk of side effects is greater.

When it comes to plucking armpits, Rickard offers the following: “We aren’t sure why you would want to, but if you do, experts warn that it’s really not a good idea. The chance of bumps and ingrown hairs multiplies when you pluck your armpits.”

Is there such thing as a “bad time to tweeze”?

In fact, there is. When your skin is cold, it’s best to wait until it’s warmed up. Rickard notes that you should “always wash your face with warm water first – this will relax the hair follicle and prevent tugging.” Siddons suggests that you begin your tweezing routine after a warm bath. Doing so will allow your pores to open up and release the hair more easily. Siddons also points out that tweezing during that time of the month is not advised.

“Keep in mind that tweezing during a menstrual period could be more painful than usual, so avoid it if at all possible,” she warns, “It's also a good idea to sterilize your tweezers before using them. All you have to do is give them a good wipe with some rubbing alcohol. It could save you from getting an infection, which often leads to scarring.”

At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we would recommend that you do away with tweezing altogether. Opt for getting laser hair removal treatments to do away with the stress and pain associated with tweezing and plucking. And now is the perfect time to begin!

For the entire month of October, anyone who visits our clinic and purchases four laser hair removal treatments will get the fifth treatment for free! For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 403-358-5818 or email us at amlvc(at)telus.net.

Posted: October 9, 2019

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