Have you found yourself interested in starting a regular wax routine because laser hair removal is just too expensive, but maybe you’re not sure if it’s the right fit for you? Don’t worry: we’re here to walk you through everything you need to know about waxing and clear up any common rumors and myths surrounding the practice.
What are the most common hyperpigmentation and waxing myths?
We believe it’s important to be informed of all types of misinformation in order to have a solid understanding of how the waxing process works, and how to best protect your skin and hair follicles.
“Hyperpigmentation can’t be treated”
For those even remotely familiar with skincare, we know that hyperpigmentation can be a result of a number of things. The food you eat, medications you take, any trauma to the skin, and even genetic factors all influence your likelihood of hyperpigmentation. In the case of waxing, hyperpigmentation can occur when your technician implements the wrong waxing technique and leaves you trying to remedy a burn or lifted skin.
Since the change in pigment of your skin is so common, there have been a number of treatments made available depending on your needs. Treatment for hyperpigmentation due to improper waxing is no different. In the unlikely scenario where you’re left with a patch of slightly darker skin, rest easy knowing there are a number of options available for you to replenish your skin.
“Lasers and chemical peels are your only option”
Out of the options available, don't let someone convince you that lasers and harsh chemical treatments are the only way to resurface bright, healthy skin. This simply is not true. In fact, the most common way of treating hyperpigmentation is through customized facials and nutrient-filled serums. Even the application of tea tree oil can help.
These treatments are widely available and can fit a range of skincare needs, as well as your budget.
“Darker skin tones don’t need to worry about hyperpigmentation”
Although individuals with fair skin encounter more noticeable changes, individuals with darker skin are also at risk for experiencing hyperpigmentation. In fact, individuals with higher levels of melanin in their skin will experience longer bouts of hyperpigmentation and, as a result, need more treatments to correct the discoloration. Something as simple as birth control can increase the levels of melanin in the skin, resulting in hyperpigmentation.
What is post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation?
Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (also known as PIF) is one of three types of hyperpigmentation that occurs on the skin. This specific type of hyperpigmentation occurs when the skin is damaged, leaving a patch of discoloration where the trauma occurred.
Your skin reacts to damage or irritation and melanin gets to work
If, following a wax, or maybe even the removal of a blemish, you notice that your skin healed a little darker than it was before, this is a direct result of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. As the name would suggest, if the skin experiences trauma, in an attempt to heal itself, it becomes inflamed. The skin provides an excess amount of melanin to the damaged area, resulting in discoloration.
How can you treat post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation?
The good news is that minor cases of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation will correct itself over time. For those with more intense cases, consulting a dermatologist or an esthetician for guidance is going to be the best path forward. Since PIF can occur as a result of a number of things, there is no one-size-fits-all solution.
Most brightening creams and over the counter skin care products containing retinoids can aid in reducing the appearance of discoloration over time.
Living with post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation
There are no long-term side effects as a result of the discoloration. For individuals self conscious about the discoloration, it is important to remember to avoid unnecessary exposure to UV rays, as well as ensure the skin is properly hydrated.
If the appearance of hyperpigmentation is affecting your day-to-day activities, try incorporating makeup into your skin care routine to minimize the appearance of any discoloration.
Waxing doesn’t cause hyperpigmentation
Last on our list of myths is the idea that participating in waxing services will result in dark spots on the skin. Fortunately for you, this simply is not true if the right steps are taken.
Choose an esthetics studio that has experience
When the skin becomes darker following a waxing session, it is because the skin was not treated properly. Selecting an esthetician with years of experience and a positive reputation will ensure any risk for skin discoloration is minimized.
Make sure the studio you choose uses high-quality products
Additionally, the use of cheap, low quality products can result in burns in skin tears. Try to be aware of what quality wax products are and compare them to what is being used at your wax studio. For those with highly sensitive skin, look into the use of sugar wax to remove unwanted hair growth.
Friction and inflammation cause hyperpigmentation
When it comes down to it, hyperpigmentation is caused by friction and trauma to the skin. A trained professional will not operate in a way that jeopardizes the integrity of your skin. Instead, the highest risk for discoloration in waxing is during at-home waxing sessions.
Stripped Wax & Beauty is here for all of your waxing needs
Here at Stripped Wax & Beauty, being honest and upfront about our processes, as well as setting clear expectations is one of our top priorities. If you’re looking for a way to ditch your razor and kiss those pesky ingrown hairs goodbye, call us or book any appointment online today!