Did you know that waxing and bleaching your face can lead to serious skin complications? Here’s why you should look for alternatives.
Are you guilty of waxing or bleaching your face to enhance your appearance? It is time to stop! While waxing is one of the most popular hair removal methods, facial waxing can damage your skin in the long run. The skin on your face is very delicate, and waxing can cause side effects such as blisters, skin rashes, allergic reactions, ingrown hair, bleeding, and premature ageing. Similarly, people often bleach face to get rid of suntan or hyperpigmentation instantly; but regular bleaching can cause several skin concerns.
Why should you not wax face?
Since the skin on your face is very delicate, regular waxing can cause significant damage. Here’s why you should immediately stop waxing your face and look for alternatives like dermaplaning and laser hair removal:
If you have ever tried to wax face, you must know how painful it is. The amount of discomfort you experience depends on your overall skin sensitivity, pain tolerance, the amount of hair removed, and the areas of your face being waxed. For example, your top lip may be more sensitive than your chin.
- Redness and irritation
Another reason why you must not wax face is that it causes redness and irritation. Have you noticed that your skin appears red and feels sensitive to the touch after waxing? This is because every time you wax face, you remove a layer of skin. If you wax face on a regular basis, it can peel away so much that your skin eventually gets burnt and raw. As a result, your everyday skincare products like toners may burn after waxing your face.
- Ingrown hairs
Even though commonly associated with shaving, waxing can also cause ingrown hairs. If the hair roots do not entirely come out and the hair shaft breaks below the skin when you wax face, you are more likely to get ingrown hairs.
- Sun sensitivity
If you are dealing with a sunburn, it is advisable that you avoid waxing your face. Additionally, you must avoid excessive sun exposure after waxing your face. When you wax face, it lifts the upper layer of your skin along with the unwanted hair. As a result, your skin becomes more sensitive to the sun, thus a higher risk of sun damage.
Why should you not bleach face?
Have you ever turned to facial bleach for an instant brightening effect? Stop it immediately! Bleaching creams on the market can be very harmful to your skin as they contain chemical ingredients that might permanently alter your skin chemistry.
Here are some of the top reasons why you should not bleach face:
If you have acne-prone skin, I recommend that you steer clear of bleaching products since they contain sodium hypochlorite. This ingredient causes a chemical reaction, leading to breakouts on the skin after you bleach face.
- Allergenic and Irritant
Another reason why you must not bleach face? The ingredients in bleaching creams, particularly OPA orthophosphoric acid, have been linked to allergic responses such as contact dermatitis. It causes skin reddening, moderate stinging, and itching. If you bleach face regularly, it can also lead to skin concerns like swelling, crusting, skin discolouration, and burning.
If you have dry skin, I would recommend that you do not bleach face. Hydrogen peroxide, which has a high PH value and is alkaline, is found in bleach and other skin lightening formulas. If you bleach face regularly, it can dry out your skin, thus causing dermatitis and eczema.
- Mercury poisoning
Are you guilty of bleaching your face regularly without reading the label? Some bleaching creams contain mercury as an ingredient. It is a cheap skin lightening ingredient that can lead to mercury poisoning. Numbness, high blood pressure, weariness, and even kidney failure are common symptoms of mercury poising.
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