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August 9, 2017

// Hair Removal

Paying The Price For Our Everyday Hair Removal Techniques

We, ladies, pay quite the price to keep ourselves silky and smooth, don’t we? Not only do our everyday hair removal techniques literally cost us a lot of money (all of those razors, shaving creams, wax strips, hair removal creams and salon appointments really add up!), but each of our chosen methods of removing unwanted hair generally come with a long list of side effects.

Shaving.

Most people select this quick and easy hair removal method, making it the most popular of them all. The problems with shaving are the many skin irritations that it often leaves behind. The side effects of shaving, as many of us know, include, but are not limited to ingrown hairs, razor bumps, razor burn, rashes, nicks, cuts and scratches. What is left behind after a shave is often worse than the unwanted hair itself!

This is especially true if you use the same razor over and over again. “If you forget to change out the blades, dull or rusty metal may cause irritation or infection,” informs Jenny Sugar on PopSugar.com, “Shaving can also cause folliculitis, an infection in the hair follicle usually caused by the bacteria Staphylococcus (staph) or a fungus.”

Waxing.

For most of us, waxing is synonymous with the word “ouch”. Simply put, pain is the most obvious and inevitable ramification of selecting waxing as a hair removal method. Layering hot wax on our skin may sound like a crazy idea – and perhaps, that’s because it is! When wax strips are applied to the wax and then literally ripped off of our skin, it pulls hairs directly from their roots. Needless to say, it is extremely painful.

You will especially pay the price if you wax your upper lip – a pretty common practice among women. As KnowFacts.org points out, the side effects of lip waxing include intense pain, increased chances or being prone to ingrown hairs, the formation of red bumps (especially in people with increased lip sensitivity) and minor bleeding. Not a pretty picture, is it?

Threading.

This is a hair removal method that is most commonly used on the face – particularly the eyebrows. As Sugar explains, “a thin piece of thread is twisted and rolled along your skin’s surface, entwining the hairs in the thread and quickly lifting them from the root. There is no use of harmful products, just thread, so it’s a natural way to get rid of unwanted hair.”

However, while she points out that the skin is not at risk for peeling or burning, threading is not a pain-free hair removal method. Much like tweezing, the yanking of hairs can produce some extreme discomfort. Not to mention, side effects of threading include redness, puffiness and ingrown hairs.

At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we offer a solution to all of the above mentioned side effects of our everyday hair removal techniques. Our laser hair removal treatments utilize the LightSheer™ Hair Laser which is known for producing long-lasting and often permanent results! For more information, please don’t hesitate to call us at 403-358-5818 or email info@auroralaser.net.

July 11, 2017

// Hair Removal

Shaving Doesn’t Always Produce The Smooth And Silky Look

With summer in full swing, Canadians are undoubtedly investing in items that will help them enjoy the season. Among those items, we imagine, are bathing suits, tank tops, sandals, hats and sunscreen. We’re especially advocates of those final two. Protecting yourself from the sun’s UV rays, it should be reminded, is a key ingredient to truly enjoying the summer.

However, there are a number of other items on the lists of many summer lovers that rack up quite the bills. They include razors, shaving creams and skin moisturizers. Summer, of course, is a season when most of us shed layers of clothing to reveal the skin we tend to hide during the colder seasons of the year. And, as a result, we tend to want to keep that skin as hair-free as possible.

When summer rolls around, we’re reminded of just how much skin there is to shave! Our legs, arms and underarms especially receive more attention. And that means that more razors, more shaving cream and more skin moisturizers need to be purchased. It can become a very expensive, not to mention, time consuming practice to keep hair-free during the summer.

Shaving can produce ingrown hairs.

And then, of course, there are the physical side effects of shaving that make the whole “expensive” thing seem like a non-issue. As many individuals have experienced, shaving can leave results far worse than the appearance of unwanted hair. “The worst con to shaving body hair, is that it leaves ingrown hairs,” writes Dalia Hosny on Fustany.com, “Razor shaving causes the hair follicle to change its growth direction, leaving it trapped under your skin which leads to the presence of ingrown hairs.”

Not only are ingrown hairs considered unsightly – they generally appear as reddish bumps, not unlike acne – they are sensitive to the touch. In other words, they hurt! Sometimes sore, sometimes itchy, the irritation caused by ingrown hairs exacerbate the fact that the original intention for the skin was for it to be left smooth and silky. Of course, ingrown hairs produce the opposite effect.

Shaving can cause skin discolouration.

Ingrown hairs are not the only major side effect of shaving. Discolouration is an unfortunate result of shaving that can also take away from the desired smooth and silky look. This is often caused by too much shaving.

“Repetitive usage of a razor causes red or dark spots, that is definitely a con to shaving body hair,” explains Hosny, “If you shave regularly, you will end up removing hair on the surface of your skin and not from the roots, which can leave dark spots on your skin. Also red and itchy skin can be a result of shaving and not moisturizing your skin enough.”

Shaving isn’t all that long-lasting.

As most people know, shaving produces short-term results. Even if you end up with the smooth and silky results you were looking for, you’re bound to have to shave again within a week. At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we offer a hair removal solution that can help you to both do away with excessive spending on hair removal products and avoid the major side effects of shaving.

Our laser hair removal treatments utilize the LightSheer™ Hair Laser – a revolutionary treatment in the management of unwanted hair that produces long-lasting and often permanent results! For more information, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email info@auroralaser.net.

June 13, 2017

// Hair Removal

Finding The Best Way To Prepare Your Bikini Line For Summer

We are about a week away from the official start of summer! It’s a time of year that most Canadians very much look forward to. Trips to the pool or a local beach – depending on where you live – is commonplace when the warm and sunny weather hits. And, as a result, getting our bikini lines in order is also a popular getting-ready-for-summertime practice. The only problem with bikini line maintenance is that it can be tricky. And that’s putting it mildly!

As many Canadian women are well aware, shaving can produce the smooth results needed to wear bikinis without any concern for exposing pubic hair. As it has become more popular over the years, a bikini line free of hair is generally the desirable look. Then again, “desirable” isn’t usually the word people use to describe rashes, razor burn and ingrown hairs. However, these are often the results of shaving.

How many women are shaving their bikini lines?

“A study by the University of Texas found that 77 percent of women shave their bikini line, as opposed to trimming it with scissors or using hair-removal cream,” informs Jenn Sinrich of Women’s Health Magazine, “But bumps, redness, and irritation are almost always part of the package.” Sinrich goes on to provide a 7-step process for women to safely shave their bikini areas.

The 7-step process, however, is quite taxing – described as both time-consuming and expensive. It involves investing in high-quality razors, shaving creams and moisturizers. As well, it involves holding a cold compress to the shaved area for approximately ten minutes post-shave. It also involves thoroughly cleaning razors and replacing them when necessary. The objective is to minimize redness, razor bumps and ingrown hairs.

How can you minimize skin irritations after shaving?

“After every shave, make sure to sanitize your blades with rubbing alcohol and warm or hot water. If your razor looks rusty and you’ve been using it for a while, toss it out,” advises Sinrich, “This is to avoid the overgrowth of bacteria that’s been exposed to the blades while they sit idly in your shower. So cut your losses (and avoid those red bumps) by refreshing your stock of razor blades and storing them in a clean, dry place, like your medicine cabinet.”

Cosmopolitan offers similar advice, pointing out that shaving the bikini line requires sharp and clean razors and transparent shaving gel. The publication also recommends using a toner post-shave in order to prevent razor rash. But the magazine also reveals that laser hair removal is becoming a more popular choice for everyone. It’s a choice that can help to eliminate all of the above-mentioned skin irritations that are commonplace with shaving.

What makes laser hair removal a more effective solution?

“It used to be that unless you had fair skin and dark hair, you risked scarring and pigmentation problems or, at the very least, poor results from laser hair removal,” reads their website, “But lasers like YAG and EpiLight work better on a broader range of complexions and hair hues… Plus, just one or two treatments can yield impressive results.”

At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we offer a hair removal solution that has a long history of providing safe, effective and long-lasting results. Our laser hair removal treatments utilize the LightSheer™ Hair Laser – a revolutionary treatment in the management of unwanted hair. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email info@auroralaser.net.

May 9, 2017

// Hair Removal

What Are The Major Side Effects Of Face Waxing?

Even for those of us who haven’t attempted to wax unwanted hair from our faces, we can easily imagine just how much it hurts. Waxing our legs, arms and underarms hurts enough. The sensitive skin on our faces, however, offers the practice of waxing the ability to cause both intense pain and numerous side effects. Needless to say, the side effects of face waxing are the hardest to hide.

Consider the obvious fact that we present our faces to the world each and every day. There are no long sleeves or pants to hide the damage we’ve done if a face waxing session goes wrong. So, when it comes to removing hair from our upper lips, chins and cheeks, it’s pretty important to take some precautions – such as using a high-quality wax – in order to prevent some of the most common side effects: ingrown hairs, pimples, bleeding, bruising, discolouration, redness and swelling.

What is the most common side effect of face waxing?

Although side effects vary from person to person, breaking out after face waxing is pretty normal. This is especially true if a low-quality wax has been used. According to Patrice De La Ossa on Livestrong.com, “a skin test patch should always be done to see if your skin is more sensitive or prone to breaking out before waxing the facial area. Ingredients in the wax can trigger a reaction.”

Burning and scarring is another common side effect of face waxing. This is especially true if the wax is too hot. One’s face can be scarred when the skin is burned due to the hot wax and then is lifted off with the wax strip. Ouch! Of course, with the removal of skin comes the possibility of infection. It’s important to keep burned areas of skin as clean as possible in order to prevent infection, De La Ossa advises.

What factors can worsen the side effects of face waxing?

Keeping in mind that your facial skin is incredibly sensitive to begin with, it’s important to understand the ways in which any medications you’re taking may impact its sensitivity. De La Ossa points out that certain medications can interfere with face waxing and cause unwanted side effects. She cites antibiotics as an example.

“Antibiotics can cause your skin to be ultra-sensitive and lead to severe redness following waxing,” she informs, “Acutane users should not be waxed. Acutane leaves the skin extremely thin, photosensitive and more reactive. You must disclose any medications you are currently taking to avoid side effects associated with face waxing.”

How can the side effects of face waxing be avoided altogether?

Quite obviously, there is only one way to avoid the side effects of face waxing. And that is to never wax your face! So what does one do about the unwanted hair on her face? At the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre, we offer a hair removal solution that has a long history of providing safe, effective and long-lasting results.

Our laser hair removal treatments utilize the LightSheer™ Hair Laser – a revolutionary treatment in the management of unwanted hair. With the help of our medically-supervised hair removal procedures, you will be able to eliminate the side effects associated with face waxing for good! For more information, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email info@auroralaser.net.

March 21, 2017

// Hair Removal

What Are The Major Side Effects Of Tweezing?

It’s odd how much pain we’ll put ourselves through in order to get our desired appearances, isn’t it? We’re all aware of the often-sharp sting that comes along with plucking a strand of hair from our eyebrows. And yet, many of us are compelled to go through with the procedure anyways – repeating it over and over again until our eyebrows are seemingly perfect.

Of course, there are many of us who don’t stop at the eyebrows. The compulsion to pluck unwanted hair from our bodies can lead us to yank strands from our faces, arms, legs and chests. And, as many women have discovered, this can lead to permanent scarring.

Charlotte Starling of Norwich, England is one such woman. As reported by Kelly Strange and Emma Innes in the U.K.-based Daily Mail, Starling became so obsessed with plucking her unwanted hair that she was diagnosed with dermatillomania – the compulsion to pluck at skin. Going so far as to use knives, needles, pliers, and even her sharpened fingernails in order to pluck hairs, Starling has left her entire body scarred for life.

“I would do anything to find a way to pluck hairs,” Starling is quoted as saying, “It’s like a drug and I’m an addict. It’s made me devious and dishonest because I will do anything to find a way to pluck hairs and get that sense of relief…I’ve always obsessed about plucking my eyebrows. I wanted to get the shape just right and would spend ages plucking out the tiny hairs until they were perfect. Like all young women I wanted to look my best.”

Sadly, Starling’s attempts to look her best have caused her to look her worst. Strange and Innes report that her dermatillomania condition has gotten so bad that she has been registered as disabled. This has forced her partner, Martin Thompson to give up his job in order to stay at home and care for her.

Of course, Starling’s condition can be considered extreme. While most of us may not suffer from an uncontrollable desire to pluck away at our skin, we continue to utilize tweezers as a hair removal source. As a result, we continue to endure the side effects of tweezing that include skin irritation, ingrown hairs and folliculitis. This is a condition that results from the breaking of blood vessels around the hair follicles.

“The condition appears as small, pimple-like white dots on the skin, causing itching and pain,” explains Vanessa Day on HairRemovalForum.com, “Folliculitis can easily be mistaken as an embarrassing breakout. Mild folliculitis will usually clear up on its own in a few days, but it can still be uncomfortable and embarrassing. More severe infections can cause permanent hair loss and scarring, and should be treated by a dermatologist.”

Hyperpigmentation is another unpleasant side effect of tweezing. Defined as the darkening of skin in patches around the face, this condition is caused when “melanin forms deposits in the skin from prolonged inflammation due to plucking,” Day informs.

As you can imagine, we’re not ones for recommending tweezing as a safe and effective hair removal option, here at the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre. Instead, we offer a solution that has a long track record of providing safe, effective and long-lasting results. Our laser hair removal treatments make use of the LightSheer™ Hair Laser, which is a revolutionary treatment in the management of unwanted hair.

With the help of our medically supervised hair removal procedures, you will be able to eliminate the side effects associated with tweezing for good! For more information, please don’t hesitate to call the Aurora Medical Laser & Vein Centre at 403-358-5818 or email info@auroralaser.net.