Tweezing is a useful way to get rid of unwanted hairs. It removes them, makes them take longer to return, and entirely clears the area without there being any tell-tale sign the hair is there. It isn’t that different from any other form of plucking ultimately. Most of us end up tweezing at one point in our lives if not another. After all, keeping eyebrows perfectly shaped takes work. However, many of us also end up plucking stray hairs as we age. This is particularly common for many people past menopause. As useful as tweezing is in general, it does come with the same potential problems as all of its siblings. That means you’ll likely want to be aware of the potential problems before you start. We would like to stress that only some of these are particularly likely as long as you’re taking good care of your skin, but they do need to be listed for the sake of completeness. Let’s start with the most common problem.
Facing the Pain
No matter whether you call it tweezing, plucking, or threading, the process of physically removing hairs from your skin is a bit painful. The initial pulling gets easier over time as you adapt to the burst of pain associated with it, but that pain is still aggravating your skin. You should expect at least a degree of irritation from tweezing. This is generally going to be highly localized around the area where you pull the hair out as you’re ripping it out root and all. That necessarily causes a little damage. Most of the time the irritation will fade in a relatively short amount of time afterward. Sometimes it doesn’t though. This can be due to one having sensitive skin or an underlying condition continuing the inflammation even after the initial burst from the tweezing itself is done. This potential to trigger an underlying condition from the pain is one of the other issues, but most people will know if that is a potential problem for them or not.
A Chance of Infection
Remember that part about how tweezing involves ripping hairs out by the root? That can cause you other problems depending on the extent of the damage done by the process. Most of the time you’ll largely be dealing with superficial pain and inflammation that will vanish quickly, but sometimes you’ll get a drop of blood in the area as well. This is a sign that you’ve caused a deeper amount of damage and opened up the potential for infection as you’ll have given things a free pass into your skin. In essence, the area around the damaged follicle become infected by outside bacteria that begin to trigger a deeper form of inflammation in the skin. This is known a folliculitis and can result in visible skin issues sometimes mistaken for acne as well as the potential for tenderness to the touch. Bad cases of folliculitis can even lead to scarring of the skin. Don’t panic if you see a bit of blood while tweezing though! Just remember to wash your skin each day and you should be fine.
One of the other risks involved in tweezing is that, in damaging the root, you risk causing a permanent change in how the hair grows. It may no longer grow smoothly as it should and too much variation can lead to ingrown hairs. These can be a literal and metaphorical pain depending on how deep they are when they become evident. Localized pain, tenderness to the touch, and obvious inflammation can all result from an ingrown hair. You can also end up with a visible discoloration beneath the skin as well. These are all problems that can cascade into further problems over time too. Ingrown hairs can get infected. The inflammation can, like with just like with tweezing, potentially cause problems with triggering inflammatory skin conditions. You can counteract ingrown hairs relatively easily though. All it takes is remembering to exfoliate your skin regularly. This will minimize the problem and help heal any ingrown hairs already existing. You will need to stay aware of the problem though as once it happens once it will likely keep happening.
Tweezing is a useful way to maintain the appearance you desire. It does still have potential problems despite this. Ingrown hairs, inflammation, and infection are all potential outcomes if tweezing doesn’t work out quite right. The good news is that a healthy skincare routine minimizes the chances for all of these by keeping your skin clean and exfoliated. In the end, the combination of the routine and tweezing will keep you looking and feeling your best in spite of any troubles.