Safety Tips and Precautions for Brazilian Waxing

Most women who have had a Brazilian wax will probably testify that it hurts, a lot and although there are steps that can be taken to minimise the pain, it is never a pleasant experience. Those that return for multiple sessions and treatments do so with their eyes open to the discomfort they will encounter.

But do they return knowing the risks associated with the waxing treatment? Are they confident that the clinic or therapist they are seeing will operate using safe and hygienic practices?

Brazilian Wax and Safety

Before booking in then it is a good idea to be aware of the risks, the precautions and the best practices for Brazilian wax treatments.

Probably the most important precaution you can take is to make sure that you only book at a reputable clinic, spa or with a therapist that you can trust, for example, on the basis of a personal recommendation. Whilst a high price does not guarantee that the treatment will be carried out safely and hygienically, it is probably fair to say that some venues that offer lower and discounted rates may be more tempted to cut corners. Most of the anecdotal Brazilian wax horror stories would start with a visit to the cheap and cheerful venue.

Safety Precautions for Brazilian Waxing

Firstly if you suffer from skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis then it is strongly recommended that you do not get a wax at any time. Waxing can irritate the skin and exacerbate the aggravation. Some health experts would also suggest that if you suffer from diabetes then you should be extremely cautious before booking in.

Secondly, you must be extremely cautious with respect to infection. This can happen at the time of the treatment and post waxing, for example, in the form of an ingrowing hair.

The action of pulling the hair out from the root effectively results in a small wound below the skin. If the therapist is not using best practice, then there is obviously a risk of bacteria entering the wound causing surface infections and there have been report of deeper cellulitis as well. "Double dipping" or using a common pot of wax is an absolute no-no for any self respecting Brazilian waxing practitioner yet it does happen. If you are in any doubt then make sure before she applies any wax that the pot is being used for the first time on you, any equipment being used is sterile and that the therapist is using disposable gloves.

The techniques used by the therapist can also play a role in the risk of infection. It is important that the skin is pulled tight when the wax is removed.

Brazilian Wax and Burns

A skilled practitioner will know how hot the wax pot must be to avoid burning your delicate skin but less professional therapists may not be as adept and fastidious in making sure that the temperature of the wax does not climb too high. If you are in any doubt during your treatment and think that you may be being burned then let the therapist know as immediately.

Also you should let the therapist know before the treatment if you are using any creams that may contain a retinoid (these are often included in anti-aging creams or acne lotions). Whilst it is unlikely that you are applying them to the pubic area, it's still important to communicate that you are using them if, for example, you are having an eyebrow wax as well as the pubic wax.

After your Wax

It is important to be mindful of the clothes your wear after having the treatment. Any tight clothes that cause friction should be avoided at least for a few days as the area will be particularly delicate and sensitive to possible infection at this time. Also you need to be mindful and check for ingrown hairs in the days after your wax as some pubic hair may regrow back under skin which can lead to acne-like infections.