With spring break just around the corner, you might have hair removal methods on your mind hardcore right now. If you're trying to figure out what method is best for you, learn about these scientific reasons you should stop waxing to make sure you're as informed as possible before taking the plunge. And if after you decide against waxing, no worries — you can always get the perfect shave instead!
I reached out to Dr. David E. Bank, Director at The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery in New York, for details on who might not want to wax. First, he acknowledges that "waxing is one of the safest methods of hair removal," but warns that "it is not for everyone."
Specifically, Dr. Bank advises, "Don’t wax if you are taking Accutane or using topical vitamin A products—doing so can lead to ripping off a layer of skin!" Holy ouch.
Beyond those taking medications that could impact your skin's reaction to wax, Dr. Bank adds, "Although waxing can be a great alternative for some people, waxing still can cause ingrown hairs, skin irritation, and inflammation of the hair follicle." If you have extra sensitive skin like me, remember to be extra cautious using wax, especially when it comes to DIY waxing kits!
For those that know waxing is safe for them, Dr. Bank still has a few super wise tips to make sure it's as pain-free of a process as possible.
1. Don't Wax Before Or During Your Period
When it's that time of the month, Dr. Bank explains, "You retain water [and] your skin becomes more sensitive and can lead to a more painful experience." Luckily you have two whole weeks totally in the clear each month to rock it out.
2. Use A Loofah
Mesh Pouf Bath Sponge, $8.49, Aquasentials
In between waxes, Bank recommends using a loofah on your body to keep skin clear and prevent ingrown hairs.
3. Try Body Scrub
Cardamom+Coffee Body Scrub, $28, Fig+Yarrow
If a loofah isn't your thing, Bank also recommends a gently exfoliating body scrub as a solid alternative for removing dead skin cells.