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Can You Wax Your Face?



You can wax your face, but there are risks involved.

It is common in spas to have your facial hair waxed on such areas as the upper lip, the chin, and the eyebrows.

There Are Risks Involved with Facial Hair Waxing

Many salons that perform waxing will have the client sign a release form when having the procedure performed on the face due to the risks involved. Some salons will not even perform the procedure on the face.

The skin on the face in generally thinner than other areas of the body and as such more susceptible to the procedure. Risks can include redness, bruising, and lifting of the skin. The risks are exacerbated by certain medications such as Retin-A, Acutane, and alpha hydroxy acids, cosmetic products such as self-tanners and facial scrubs, cosmetic procedures such as chemical peels and dermabrasion, and even activities such as tanning.

Waxing should be avoided for those with certain medical conditions such as skin infections, sensitive skin, skin disorders, skin cancer, high blood pressure, and diabetes.



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Expert Opinion

“Don’t ever wax your eyebrows yourself…You can’t get the same angle on your face that an aesthetician can…Besides, the skin around the eyes is very thin, and you can really irritate it if you don’t know what you’re doing.”  Beauty, The New Basics, Rona Berg, Workman Pub.

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