Is my eyebrow waxing damaging my skin?

Saturday, 14 February 2015

I’ve heard that waxing your eyebrows damages the skin, and that you should rather tweeze them to get your desired shape. Is this true?


Health expert Dr Graham Duncombe from Skin & Body Renewal responds:

In truth there is a double answer here. Yes, and no. Waxing does temporarily sensitise the skin above the eyelids when waxing the eyebrows, so, if this is not managed correctly, one can develop hyperpigmentation of “discolouration” of the skin in that area. So using the appropriate after care and ensuring that you are wearing a good SPF on a daily basis is vital. If however, your skin is not properly prepped and supported during the waxing procedure, the skin can be damaged as a result of incorrect support and technique. For this reason, it is vitally important that you have these procedures done at a clinic where you know that you are going to be receiving quality service by fully trained skincare professionals.

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  1. DIVA

    I never thought waxing could damage the skin, it’s good to know. How about threading?

    4 years ago •

  1. Ubiebo Ogulu

    I used to wax my brows at a beautician, but I’d often break out around my brows post-wax and I ALWAYS use sunscreen :-/

    4 years ago •

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