When you have unwanted body hair, the urge to get it removed can be a pain, and with so many trends in waxing and shaving, it can be tempting to run to the store and attempt to remove the hair yourself. But, this isn’t always your best bet- removing body hair at home can be dangerous, and even ineffective. For the best results, always consult a professional about removing unwanted body hair. Take a look at some of the risks associated with at-home removal:

-Make sure you read the directions if you do choose to home wax- not following instructions and doing things such as “double dipping” or not exfoliating can cause a bumpy, red rash or, even worse, an infection.

-Over-waxing can result in ingrown hairs, irritation and redness, and folliculitis (an infection of the hair follicle).
You could easily burn yourself by heating the wax too high and then applying it directly to skin.

-Scarring can occur if you burn yourself or the wax you use rips at skin.

-Pain! Waxing hurts, that’s just the way it is. Though you know how much pain you can handle, letting a professional take the reigns is always a good idea- you could seriously injure yourself and cause permanent damage.

-You could have an allergic reaction to the wax which could result in permanent skin discoloration. Always do a spot test before using a new waxing product.

-Getting bacteria in the skin where your hair follicles once were is a typical problem after waxing at home. This can cause painful pimples- be sure to always clean before and after waxing.

-Even shaving too often or when hair isn’t long enough can cause ingrown hairs and infections.

At Zimmet Vein & Dermatology, we offer laser hair removal- a long-term, safe and effective solution for removing unwanted body hair. If you’re interested in making your body smooth and hair-free, contact us today to schedule an appointment.