There are several beauty treatments done by most women. some of them are dangerous and even if you don’t want to stop doing them, you should know what are the risks and how can you decrease them. The most dangerous beauty treatments are: gel manicure, Brazilian blowout, Tanning Bed Visits, Facials,Bikini Waxes, Manicures, Pedicures, Ear Candles.Learn more here!
Dangerous Beauty Treatments: Ear Candles
That full, achy feeling from an ear wax blockage may be annoying — and salons have a solution for it. Ear candles are 10-inch-long, hollow cones that are burned in the ear to supposedly remove wax, impurities and toxins while improving hearing. But experts warn the procedure is dangerous — the FDA has even issued a safety warning cautioning that the procedure can cause serious health problems, including burns, perforations in the ear drum and blockages in the ear canal. “The ear is a sensitive organ,” says Gordon Siegel, M.D., associate professor of clinical otolaryngology head and neck surgery at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. “I don’t think that I would trust any sensitive organ to a salon.” Siegel has seen patients with serious perforations from candling, which he compares to sticking a vacuum cleaner in your ear — and while many holes will heal on their own, others can require surgery and even cause long-term hearing loss. Instead, he recommends that patients try one of the many over-the-counter wax removal products, most of which soften the wax and then use a syringe to irrigate the ear. If you have symptoms in your ear, though, and don’t have a history of wax — or if you can’t remove it on your own — it’s best to see a physician. To prevent build-up in the first place, you can use a few drops a week of a half peroxide/half water mix in the ear, or periodically let water run in and out of your ears in the shower, Siegel says. Cleaning the ears with a Q Tip can actually push wax further into the ear causing additional blockages — not to mention that it could cause a serious perforation.
Dangerous Beauty Treatments: Pedicures
You may have a little more trouble relaxing into that massage chair with a magazine after this one — an unsanitary pedicure could lead a viral infection (such as warts), bacterial infections from ingrown toenails and agressive filing, or a fungal infection of the skin and nails, among other serious health problems, says Jackie Sutera, a New York City podiatrist. Since some salons have better sanitizing practices than others, she recommends that you always bring your own tools, including cuticle nippers, toe clippers, a nail file, nail clippers and, most importantly, a foot file. “That’s one of the dirtiest things in that whole salon,” she says. “There’s a misconception that because they put it in a blue solution or because they put it in a thing that looks like a toaster oven, it’s clean — but it might not be.” Sutera recommends hitting the spa earlier in the day, when things tend to be a bit cleaner and sanitary — before dozens of feet have soaked in the same bath on the same day and before technicians have a possibility of getting tired. And she would skip the “Wednesday Special” (that too-good-to-be true package deal for a mani/pedi combo), as it drives a lot of business and, correspondingly, could up your germ exposure. Also, don’t give into the temptation to soak your feet too long. “It’s a cesspool in there,” Sutera says of the foot bath. “Don’t sit there and soak in that water forever.” As far as those foot razors that promise to shave your callouses down for sandal-ready feet — skip it. “It’s really dangerous,” Sutera explains. Going at the heels too hard can reveal deep layers of skin that should never be exposed, leading to permanent damage or even scarring. Instead, just keep a pumice stone in your shower to keep up with the daily maintenance yourself. Don’t shave your legs for at least 24 hours before the appointment.
Dangerous Beauty Treatments: Gel Manicures
Would you ever send your hands to a tanning bed alone? Probably not. But preliminary research on the popular gel manicure treatments has found that the UV-A nail lights used throughout the process could possibly contribute to risk factors for skin cancer, according to research published in the Archives of Dermatology. Certain gel procedures may also be counterfeit, some experts warn, causing serious health problems. According to a “Good Morning America” article last year, one gel customer warned that a botched gel job may have caused her possible nerve damage. Research the procedure ahead of time to make sure your technician is sticking to the real deal, instead of adapting the steps.
Dangerous Beauty Treatments: Bikini Waxes
Sure, it may make you feel more confident during a game of beach volleyball, but a bikini wax can also pose some health risks. In 2009, the state of New Jersey almost went as far as to ban the fuller Brazilian bikini wax entirely after two women ended up in the hospital. Similar to eyebrow waxing, there’s a possibility of burning the skin, Krant warns. And you also run a risk of bacterial, viral and fungal infection. “Once the hair is ripped out, the skin is actually damaged for a while until it heals,” she explains. “Anything can get in there.” That risk is upped for Brazilian waxes, as the skin area in the back, in particular, is near a lot of bacteria. Different states have different licensing procedures for waxing, so check yours out ahead of time to make sure the salon complies (also ask if your waxer has received special training in the Brazilian technique, if applicable). And keep an eye out for fishy procedures — like double dipping, or placing a wax stick back into the communal bowl after it has already touched your skin (imagine getting a brow wax after someone else’s bikini wax). Ingrown hairs are more likely to develop on the bikini area than the eyebrows — cleanse gently at home after your wax and speak to your doctor if ingrown show any sign of infection.