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"Can chest waxing result in whitehead breakouts?"
Can waxing your chest result in breakouts of whiteheads? If so, why does this happen and how can I prevent it? Is there a type of hair removal treatment that won't cause whiteheads?
Waxing is a form of hair removal that is usually well tolerated, but there are some side effects that can occur. Whiteheads can occur after waxing. Basically, what happens is that you leave the shafts where the hair was pulled out wide open. This allows some bacteria to enter. Coupled with the mechanical irritation from the waxing process, this can set up a small infection at the base of the hair shafts. Keeping the skin clean and dry and applying a topical antibacterial cream is the best way to prevent this infection from getting worse. If this does not work and the whiteheads are worsening, you should see your primary care doctor or dermatologist to evaluate the condition. Unfortunately, if this has been happening to you with waxing, this probably means that waxing is not the best solution to hair removal for you. Probably you should consider in the future a different hair removal solution. Technologies that may work for you include electrolysis or laser hair removal. These have the big advantage of not causing infection and also being permanent! Unfortunately, they can be quite expensive, requiring multiple hair removal sessions in order to be totally effective.
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