Both folliculitus, an infection of the hair follicles and cellulitus, a skin infection can be contracted from waxing by bacteria entering through the temporarily open hair follicles.
Unhygenic conditions during waxing significantly increase the risk but even when every precaution has been taken there are still risks. Contamination by clothing, by touching, by exercising or swimming and even from someone with a sore throat can introduce infection.
If there’s a problem give us a call – don’t wait.
Often the skin turns red after a wax and sometimes the hair folliciles swell and become red and irritated. This is not folliculitus but your body’s natural reaction to the “injury” caused by the waxing. The redness will go down in a few hours but if skin is very irritated use an anti-histamine or try lavender essential oil.
If the red angry bumps around the hair follicles persist for more than a day and seem to be getting worse they may have become infected.
PLEASE DON”T IGNORE THESE SYMPTOMS!
Further information can be found here: www.dermnetnz.org/topics/folliculitis
Is redness and swelling of the skin, most commonly on your arm or leg. The skin will be hot and tender to touch. This is a potentially much more serious infection and you can become rapidly unwell – 3 to 4 days.
More information can be found here: www.dermnetnz.org/topics/cellulitis/
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