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Care Down There: Here’s How To Spot A Bad Brazilian Wax

Care Down There: Here’s How To Spot A Bad Brazilian Wax

Okay, it’s been a couple of days since your Brazilian wax, and you suspect something has gone wrong. Here’s a fact- a Brazilian wax can trigger certain side effects, and it’s important to identify them before you start panicking. Remember that a little discomfort following the session is inevitable. You might experience irritation, redness, bumps, discolouration, and soreness for a few hours, and that’s normal. C’mon, you’ve had hot wax-laden strips slough off hair from one of the most sensitive areas of your body. It’s brutal.

But if these side effects linger, your discomfort is persistent, or new symptoms surface, you shouldn’t shrug it off nonchalantly. If you think something’s not right, you must inform your waxer ASAP. They might have aftercare recommendations to soothe the skin and relieve any symptoms. Don’t itch/scratch the area, and refrain from rubbing fragrances or alcohol-containing products on your skin. This is Waxing 101. And if these symptoms don’t settle within 48 hours, consult your gynaecologist.

5 Signs Your Brazilian Wax Has Gone Wrong

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Burns

This one’s pretty self-explanatory. If your waxer doesn’t know how to regulate the temperature of the wax, it can leave behind burns on the surface of your skin. Here’s a tip for the next time you opt for a Brazilian wax if the consistency of the wax is extremely runny, it’s a sign that the concoction is a little too hot for application.

Pimples

Along with removing hair, waxing can rip out a little bit of skin in the process, and leave your pores exposed. If your pore is infected with bacteria, a pimple might surface. You can clean the area with a gentle foaming cleanser to eliminate any bacteria brought up through the follicle of the hair. Remember not to pick on the pimple or wear tight clothing for a few days.

Ingrowth

Yeah, this one’s not quite avoidable. Ingrowth results from hair growing back into the skin instead of breaking through the surface. And, in certain cases, when combined with bacteria and a build-up of dead cells, it can lead to the development of painful boils. To avoid ingrowth, exfoliate your skin 24-48 hours before your session. Ensure you’re not prodding, fidgeting with, or picking at the ingrowth. Avoid shaving, tweezing, and wearing tight-fitting clothing. You can use a warm compress to soften the skin and make it easier to surface.

Genital Warts

Because waxing is notorious for causing cuts, abrasions, and tears on the skin, it can increase your risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection. And this triggers the development of a genital wart—a bump-like growth on the genitals. Though this isn’t a direct result of waxing, make sure you’re consulting a gynaecologist if you suspect you have one.

Scarring

Scarring is another side-effect of waxing—if not done properly. And if you have sensitive skin. If your skin is scarred and inflamed post-waxing, you might want to switch to shaving.

Some Hair Removal Products To Try Instead

If waxing isn’t for you, we recommend you try products that might function as effective replacements. And these are our favourites for a safe, pain-free procedure.

Remember to go for whatever feels comfortable to you. And removing hair—bikini, legs, hands, or underarms—is a personal choice.

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20 Apr 2022

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