For being quick and pulling the hairs from the root, leaving the skin smooth and smooth in a few minutes, wax is still the technique of hair removal preferred by women. But it is also the one that most poses health risks. After all, unfortunately many establishments reuse the product on different clients, increasing the chances of transmitting diseases.
“The re-use of the depilatory product can transmit bacterial infections such as folliculitis, mycoses, viral infections, such as warts or herpes, and even hepatitis,” warns César Clemente Cuono, a dermatologist and member of the Brazilian Society of Dermatology (SBD).
It is worth mentioning that, after using the depilatory material, the professionals must always discard the wax, since only this way can reduce the risk of contamination.
“In addition, it is essential to thoroughly wash all utensils that came in contact with the skin or blood of the client, as well as proceed with the correct sterilization of the tools, preferably by autoclaving (a device widely used in research laboratories and hospitals for the sterilization of materials), “he says.
Reused wax can transmit the HPV virus
Intimate waxing, when done without proper hygiene care, can lead to several problems, including the transmission of the HPV virus, which is responsible for high-risk genital lesions, precursors of malignant tumors, especially cervical cancer.
“If the wax used to depilate the client’s intimate region with the HPV virus is used collectively, it can contaminate the next person who will undergo the procedure. Therefore, women need to be aware of the hygiene conditions of the place and make sure that the epilator will not reuse the material, “says Vânia Carolina Piccinni, dermatologist at the Brazilian Society of Dermatology (SBD).
Individual hair removal kit
<In addition to the wax itself, the spatula used to remove the product from the container and put it on the skin can also become a means for contamination, which makes it even more necessary to invest in individual hair removal kits. “Just as the manicure kit is essential for women’s health, a proprietary set of tools is the best way to prevent problems with infections from happening.