Think Before Tweezing These 4 Places

African American woman holding tweezersIf you are pluck happy person like myself, it’s important to get wake up calls like this one to let you know when to say no! Seeing random hair in random places on your body is certainly the perfect time to pull out those fancy tweezers you have. I mean you bought them for this very reason right!? Well, according to many dermatologists it is not always the smartest idea to start pulling out hair just because it seems like a strange place for it to grow.
Tweezing hair pulls not only the hair shaft out from the skin, but the root as well. According to dermatologist Josua Zeichner, M.D., “While there may be some degree of inflammation in the hair follicle from tweezing, generally tweezing is not considered a form of permanent hair removal and a new hair will be produced. You can traumatize or scar your skin, causing permanent damage in the area.” So be careful. You don’t want a little bit of hair gone to leave you with a permanent big scar.
It’s particularly important to proceed with caution when you start removing hairs from particular areas that are just simply more sensitive than others.
1. Eyebrows
It is actually recommended to trim or wax your eyebrows, as it isn’t as traumatizing as tweezing and threading. Do you ever notice how much more painful it is, and how red your skin looks? This is because this form or removal is much more damaging. According to medical director of dermatology at Mount Sinai Gary Goldenberg, M.D., “Eyebrow hair is very sensitive to trauma and repeated tweezing can produce permanent damage to the hair follicle.”
2. Nipples
Hair on your nipples can make you feel not only weird, but not so….well, feminine. The problem with this is the hairs on your breasts, particularly your nipples, tend to be pretty short. Dr. Zeichner says, “The tweezer itself may cause trauma to the skin in your attempt at grasping at a very short hair. There is a chance you could cause an infection, so proceed with caution. Trimming is a better option here.”