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Looking to get a waxing treatment done? Waxing is a form of semi-permanent hair removal. While the procedure may seem routine, it can also pose health problems if it is not done right. Without the proper precautions, you could be at risk of skin irritations and infections, as well as exposure to bloodborne diseases such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV.


To ensure the work is done right, check for the following:

  • Are all supplies such as the wax strips, wooden applicators and tweezers stored in a way that prevents contamination? Ideally, supplies should be stored in clean, covered containers.

  • Is the service provider washing his or her hands before starting?

  • Is the service provider cleaning and disinfecting tweezers between clients?

  • Is the service provider throwing away used wax into the garbage?

  • Is the service provider using a new, single-use disposable wooden applicator each time wax is applied to the skin? You don’t want the provider to be ‘double-dipping.’ Double-dipping occurs when an applicator is dipped back into the wax after it has come into contact with the skin.  Bacteria and loose hair from the skin will contaminate the wax, which is then used on the next client. The temperature of the heated wax is not hot enough to kill bacteria, and may in fact create the ideal environment for bacteria to grow. Be sure the service provider uses a new applicator each time; applicators are single-use for a very good reason!

To learn more, contact the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577.