The Guide to Safe Tweezing

Get the facts to avoid scarring and infections.

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The Right Way to Tweeze Your Hair (2:21)

We all get stray hairs and are forced to tweeze, so why not talk about it? The secrecy surrounding this area of our beauty routine is especially odd considering how obsessed people are with it - some online tweezing videos have over 11 million views! If you are tempted to remove your body hair on your own, it's important to follow certain procedures to ensure you don't end up with ingrown hairs, irritation, or scarring. Assistant Professor at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Jennifer Caudle, has the facts you need to know about safe tweezing practices.

Avoid Washing With Alcohol 

Always wash your face first with soap and water. More aggressive cleaning, using alcohol, really isn't necessary. However, you may want to use alcohol to clean your tweezers well, which is the next step.

Never Dig Under the Skin 

Never go digging. It can be tempting when you see a hair just under the surface or just a little tip above the skin, but if you go digging under the skin to get it out, it will only create more problems. More often than not, you'll experience scarring as a result and you'll open up the skin to infection. Wait until the hair is at a certain length where it can be easily tweezed and again, make sure those tweezers are clean! Then pull in the direction that the hair is growing.

Where to Tweeze 

There's just one place where you definitely shouldn't pluck: your nose. Your nose hairs are there for a reason, as they're extremely important for preventing infection and bacteria in a vulnerable passageway. If you get an infection in a nose follicle, it could travel into the sinus, face, or the brain. It's rare, but not at all worth that risk. If you are embarrassed by hair that is visible below your nose, you can very carefully trim it with small and very clean nail scissors. 


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