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Quels sont les dangers de l'épilation ? Dossier Typology

What Are the Dangers of Different Hair Removal Methods?

Even though it is by no means compulsory, today it's a social trend adopted by many people. Electric epilators, waxing, laser as alternatives to shaving… there are risks and contraindications specific to all hair removal methods.

Waxing: What Are the Risks?

One of the alternatives to shaving is waxing. The main risks associated with this hair removal method when used hot, are the burns. Cold wax strips can be used to avoid this type of inconvenience. The presence of essential oils in hot or cold wax can also lead to skin allergies such as contact dermatitis. Waxing can also cause ingrown hairs. Ingrown hairs are hairs that fail to penetrate the skin barrier, or that emerge outwards from the hair follicle, but curl up and re-enter the skin. Men's faces and necks; women's legs, bikini line and underarms are the most vulnerable areas of the body. Generally, a benign problem, the swollen pimples they cause can nevertheless cause irritation, pain and sometimes even become infectious. To avoid ingrown hairs when the hair grows back, opt for regular exfoliation. Do it once a week. Our nourishing body scrub softens and smoothes the epidermis. It is particularly suitable for dry, uncomfortable skin. The toning body scrub contains organic green coffee macerate (draining) and organic lemongrass and cedar essential oils (anti-cellulite). Recommended for smoothing, firming and toning the skin, while reducing the appearance of orange-peel skin.

Note: Wax is contraindicated for people with circulatory problems (venous problems, varicose veins…), respiratory disorders, sensitive and reactive skin and many moles. Pregnant women should seek medical advice.

Shaving: What Are the Risks?

Since razors are sharp objects, the main risk of shaving is cuts and micro-injuries. Shaving can also lead to ingrown hairs, especially when the hair is brushed back. To avoid this, scrubs are widely recommended for both face and body.

In addition to the two body scrubs presented above, we have developed a scrub for the face. The radiance scrub is recommended for unclogging pores and promoting cell renewal. It gently exfoliates and unclogs pores. The gel transforms into an exfoliating oil when massaged, then into a milk on contact with water. Containing essential oils, it should not be used on pregnant women.

Bikini Waxing and Its Side Effects.

Whether hair is removed with a razor or wax, women often experience gynecological problems (mycosis, cystitis, etc.) after full-body waxing. This may be due to a lack of hygiene when waxing. A study published in the British Medical Journal highlighted the link between bikini waxing and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). This is explained by the fact that the absence of pubic hair leaves the way open for viruses and bacteria to colonize. Remember that hair originally had a protective role against external aggression… Removing all of them can therefore be a source of intimate discomfort.

What Are the Dangers of Laser Hair Removal?

This hair removal method, when poorly calibrated, can lead to depigmentation and skin burns. Appropriate machine settings are therefore essential to avoid skin accidents. As yet, no research has shown any link between laser hair removal and melanoma or skin cancer. Exposure to the beam lasts only a short time and presents no danger.

Caution! Laser hair removal is contraindicated for pregnant and breast-feeding women, people suffering from skin diseases (herpes, lesions, infections, etc.) and those undergoing photo-sensitizing treatment (roaccutane, cortisone, antibiotics, etc.).

Source :

  • E Charles Osterberg, Correlation between pubic hair grooming and STIs: results from a nationally representative probability sample, BMJ, (2016).

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