It’s prime swimming time during the month of July in many different locations, which also means it’s time to show off that new swimsuit and beach body.
If you’re keeping up with the latest trends, you may be wearing a bikini or another swimsuit that shows a lot of skin, which means there is the chance of pubic hair showing if you don’t remove it.
You may decide to take a trip to your local salon or wax center to endure a bikini line wax, or even go for a full pubic hair removal with a Brazilian wax.
Unfortunately, there are some known risks to the beloved Brazilian wax that your wax specialist may not choose to inform you of:
1) Hair removal "down there" can actually take away a layer of protection against bacteria, according to Dr. David Bank, the director at The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery in New York.
2) There can be health consequences for any type of hair removal technique, according to the Sutter Health Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Some consequences include itching, bumps, blisters, pimples, genital infections, ingrown hairs and folliculitis.
3) A small French study, reported in Livescience, found that waxing was associated with the appearance of a skin infection called molluscum contagiosum. While the researchers cannot prove that removal of pubic hair actually contributed to getting the skin infection, they did feel that “removing pubic hair may increase the risk of catching certain skin infections through sex.”
4) Besides possibly contracting molluscum contagiosum, people who wax may be putting themselves potentially more at risk for catching other STDs or infections, such as the incurable herpes virus, which are more transmissible after any trauma to the skin.
5) During and after waxing, you may experience pain, bleeding, redness and irritation. (I know from personal experience that a Brazilian is no walk in the park.) Ingrown hairs are common and can lead to discomfort and red bumps filled with pus, as well.
6) Sometimes there are severe cases of infection after a Brazilian wax.