Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Wax-Wise: Do Not Wax if. . .

There are a few situations when waxing any part of your body should be avoided. The following list is straightforward. Be aware.

Do not wax if you:
• take Accutane (acne medication) - it dehydrates the skin so much that the wax will peel the skin with the wax strip causing inflammation and possibly permanent pigmentation, or scarring. Ouch!
• use Retin A - it thins the skin and may offer the same result as Accutane . . . again, ouch!
• have lupus or aids - the skin does not have normal resistance and will be more suceptible to bruising, peeling, infection, fragile capillaries and other obvious concerns.
• recently got botox or collagen injections - these injectables need to stay in place as long as possible, not be manipulated by waxing. In the case of Botox, the muscle is paralysed and this will affect the normal reaction of the skin, which is necessary when monitoring the skin's reaction to waxing.
• are in cancer therapy/chemo or radiation - your immune system is not functioning, any irritation or inflammation will cause infections and can be dangerous.
• have varicose veins - the pulling of the wax removal can cause bruising and some capillaries and small veins may lose elasticity making the condition worse.
• have been exposed to direct sunlight or tanning booth - UV contains some infra red which will cause heat in the skin, increasing an inflammatory response from the waxing. It may also cause uneven pigmentation, if you are already tanned, the areas that are being waxed will shed a lot of the superficial pigmented cells.