Growing or not growing, that's the question – especially at this time of year when warm weather and summer holidays mean that there is more meat to be seen!
However, waxing is not only very sensitive to sensitive skin (eczema and psoriasis patients are encouraged to avoid everything together), but can also be quite unsanitary.
Last month women's health reported an increase in bacterial infections due to the growing popularity of waxing as a hair removal method.
What makes them so risky?
Body hair fulfills a very necessary purpose and protects sensitive skin in key areas.
"When you get a wax, this protective layer is literally removed," explains Linda Franks, M.D., assistant for dermatology at the NY School of Medicine.
Waxing not only causes many tiny cracks and openings in the top layer of skin through which bacteria can penetrate, but also causes inflammation.
Inflammation traps bacteria under the skin – stage for skin infections, hair follicle infections and ingrown hair.
What to look for
If waxing is your thing, choose your salon carefully.
Ask what type of wax is used – hard wax is best because it is gentler and adheres to hair rather than skin.
During the waxing process, make sure your therapist does not double-dip the wax applicator and instead uses a new spatula for each strip.
Double immersion introduces bacteria into the pot, which can then be spread from person to person.
How to prevent irritation
Soothing aching skin with Comfrey & Calendula Soothing body cream.
Its powerful anti-inflammatory properties cool and soothe the skin and help heal and regenerate damaged areas.
If you suffer from sensitive skin, you should try alternatives such as threading or epilation, which are much gentler on the skin.
What do you think? Are you worried about growing at all?