You can treat hair removal in different ways, but obviously this is one of the most popular hair removal methods. In itself, the standard of beauty, where a woman has a place for hair only on her head (and then in strictly designated places), of course, is evil. But let's not forget that you can choose epilation at your own will, and not only at the insistence of your partner, glossy magazine or gynecologist (this also happens). At the same time, any hair removal has limitations and often disappoints those who believe in the advertising myth of Infinitely Smooth Legs. We will tell you what to be prepared for when removing hair, how to make the procedure as comfortable as possible and minimize unpleasant side effects.
This problem belongs to the category of medical, and it has a name - pseudofolliculitis. New hairs growing in place of the removed ones, or "hemp" cut with a razor, cannot break through the stratum corneum and begin to grow under it, which leads to inflammatory processes. Ingrowth can be caused by any type of hair removal, so it is better to accustom yourself to accompanying care, regardless of the method chosen - this applies to both women and men. It may also happen that you simply have a predisposition to pseudofolliculitis: this can be found out from a dermatologist who will give individual recommendations for skin care.
What to do:
Ingrowing can be caused by dry skin, so you should always keep an eye on adequate hydration. Regular exfoliation of frequently epilated areas can also solve the problem, or at least reduce the disaster. Sometimes it is recommended to temporarily replace the usual method of epilation with any other, more gentle one, or temporarily stop removing hair altogether. If the skin is sensitive, then the intervals between procedures can be increased - the skin will have time to recover. If you prefer shaving, then you should know that shaving your hair is worth it for growth, and not against: this way the skin is less injured.
There are also special cosmetics designed to prevent ingrowth, but they should be selected individually. As a rule, they have very complex compositions, which may well contain allergenic substances. If you decide to try one of them, carefully analyze the list of active ingredients.
Another common problem associated with improper procedure or increased skin sensitivity. As a rule, contact methods of hair removal cause concomitant damage to the skin and nerve endings, hence the unpleasant redness and rashes. Preventing them is much easier than eliminating them. If your skin responds with irritation a little more often than always, try to carry out on it as little traumatic manipulations as possible at the same time and arm yourself with sedatives.
What to do:
Eliminate mechanical exfoliation before or immediately after epilation. If you carry out the procedure at home, then it is better to do it after a shower or a warm bath - clean skin with open pores tolerates such influences better. After waxing or sugaring, you should not take a bath immediately, as contact with tap water can be bad for injured skin. If irritation has already appeared, add a few drops of tea tree oil to the moisturizer, which works well as an antiseptic, but be sure to choose a high-quality oil containing a minimum percentage of cineole - it itself can act as an irritant to the skin and mucous membranes. Other antiseptics and sedatives that work for you can be used, but make sure they are free of alcohol.
Folliculitis and irritation in men
Precautions for men are worth mentioning separately.Men's skin is, on average, thicker and rougher than women's, and besides, a rare man devotes time to deep cleansing and peeling. If daily shaving is still familiar to many, then those who decide on wax or sugar epilation, for example, of the back or chest, have an unexpectedly difficult the bulb turns into a pimple).
What to do:
Do not go to such types of mechanical stress as wax and sugar, but turn to non-contact methods. After epilation, it is really very important to keep the skin clean, since its entire surface becomes open and very susceptible to dirt and penetration. And in the shower you need to have a soft loofah made of natural materials - it will do a good job with the necessary exfoliation.
It’s rather silly to point out that bruising basically means that you are doing something wrong, but nevertheless, this is not a rare problem when waxing or sugar hair removal. There are known contraindications to the procedure - these are skin diseases, allergies to the components of the composition used, diabetes. Vessels close to the skin also add risk. The most common reason for bruising is the carelessness of the master, and changing him can solve the problem very effectively.
What to do:
With wax or sugar hair removal, the skin must be well fixed, and the master must ensure that the composition is applied in an even layer, and be able to correctly and quickly remove it from the skin. If your skin is really extremely sensitive, warn about it. You cannot epilate after chemical peeling, and it is also undesirable to carry out the procedure on tanned skin. If technically everything was done correctly, and bruises still appear from time to time, this may indicate fragility of blood vessels, vitamin deficiency and other problems that should be dealt with in a comprehensive manner, postponing epilation until better times.
After a properly performed procedure, burns appear infrequently, but sometimes this also happens - this is possible both after home depilation with the use of a cream, and after waxing in the salon. If this happened the first time, then it is reasonable not to risk it twice and just in case, abandon the chosen method - it probably does not suit you. But it also happens that a permanent master was also burned with wax in a checked place (this is especially true for deep bikini and other delicate areas). Feel free to ask to check the temperature of the wax on a less sensitive spot and always tell the technician right away if you feel hot. Well, it's not worth saying that when epilation at home, you must carefully read the instructions and never violate it.
What to do:
If the burn appeared after the cream, it means that you simply overexposed it. These products contain alkaline substances that dissolve keratin and thus promote hair removal, but they are not sufficient to cause serious damage to the skin. Of course, you should not use the cream on areas of the skin close to the mucous membranes. Laser hair removal is based on heat and is therefore best suited for those with dark hair and light skin. Tanned or dark skin contains a lot of melanin, therefore, it will attract heat no less actively than hairs, so the risk of burns increases significantly. Burns after epilation should be treated with pharmacy ointments, like any others, and also remember that after laser and photo epilation, sunscreen is needed at any time of the year.
It also happens due to improper procedure and is of two types. Hypopigmentation, when light spots appear on the skin, remains after burns and abrasions and is removed quite easily with pharmacy products.Hyperpigmentation is a darkening of the skin areas where the procedure was performed, and it can appear after any type of hair removal, except for an old-school shave. The fact is that during epilation, the upper layers of the epidermis are somehow removed, which leads to increased sensitivity of the skin to ultraviolet radiation. If you are taking medications with the same side effect, be careful with double caution.
What to do:
If it so happens that your pigmentation is part of a permanent program of suffering, then you should pay attention to sugar hair removal - the composition almost does not damage the skin, unlike wax. It is better to stay away from the solarium after epilation, and when going out into the sun, you need to use products with SPF. Hyperpigmentation can be removed with a course of whitening agents, and in case of hypopigmentation, Panthenol or Bepanten will help, which will quickly deal with the problem in combination with gentle peeling.
Hair regrowth between treatments
This is an inconvenience that accompanies any type of hair removal. The intervals may vary and depend on your personal characteristics: some have hairs growing more slowly and their skin stays smooth for two weeks (the chances increase if you epilate "from scratch"), others will have new hairs after a few days. In any case, the hairs grow unevenly, and when waxing, sugar, as well as laser, electric and photo epilation, it is necessary that they are not shorter than three millimeters. In addition, no procedure should be repeated too often. It is optimal to apply for epilation once every three weeks, otherwise the chance of irritation increases.
What to do:
If this nuance bothers you a lot, get a home epilator, mechanical or photo- (no patience will be enough for tweezers). You can regulate the intervals between procedures yourself, and after a while you will get a long-term effect (however, this again depends on the characteristics of your body). You don't have to wait for the next visit to the beautician, and many devices are very simple to use, and they pay off faster in use than salon procedures. Remember that a combination of dark hair and fair skin is ideal for heat-based treatments.
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