Experts warn against ‘potentially harmful’ TikTok full-face hot-waxing trend

A full-face hot-wax TikTok trend sparks a wave of unrest amongst experts.

  • A TikTok hot-waxing trend sparks concerns amongst dermatology specialists.
  • The experts allege that the treatment is “potentially harmful.”
  • Despite the warnings, barbers claim that the viral procedure is not dangerous for their clients’ skin. 

Experts have issued warnings against a viral TikTok trend, in which people are getting full-face hot-waxing treatment. As per UNILAD, the specialists claim that the procedure is “not recommended.”

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The British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) stated:

“Attempting to wax inside your nose or ears is not recommended.”

Despite the warnings, a barber based in the Netherlands insists that the hot-waxing trend is not dangerous. According to BBC News, Renaz Ismael, who frequently posts videos of the controversial treatment, said:

“I am the first person in the world who has done whole waxing. It’s not bad for your skin.”

Kapsalon Freedom, the barbershop where Ismael works, has gained more than 800,000 TikTok followers after popularising the trend.

The first full-face hot-waxing video they posted has gained nearly 84 million views. It shows a man getting the waxing procedure, which removes all of his facial hair, apart from his eyebrows and eyelashes.

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Following the BAD warning, other dermatology experts have also alerted about the dangers of the viral treatment. 

Dr. Emma Wedgeworth, a British Skin Foundation spokesperson, said:

“It seems sensible to have a warning. There is a lot of misinformation and potentially harmful DIY beauty practices on TikTok and other social media channels, and it would be good to see these more tightly regulated.”

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Additionally, Alex Echeverri, a John and Ginger beautician, alerted that the questionable method might cause breathing difficulties. She explained:

“Our first consideration would be that it could cause suffocation. There’s no control element to smothering the face with wax, and wax hardens. So it could harden in the airways and have to be surgically removed”

Even though the specialists warn against the trendy full-face waxing, TikTok claimed the videos don’t violate the platform’s community guidelines. They defended the barbers, saying that their publications show how the procedures are carried by professionals.

Credits: TikTok

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