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February 10, 2007

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Bikini Wax Parlors
They're the pleasure palaces women (and now even men) visit to get Bikini Waxed, primped
and pampered-and the last place you'd expect to pick up a nasty infection.
But there is also an ugly side to the beauty business and bikini waxing.
Here are some things you should look out for:

Woeful Bikini Waxing

Risks: warts, tinea, impetigo, and hepatitis B and C.

When you have a bikini wax or any body wax, make sure the therapist uses a fresh bikini wax
every time they apply the wax. Otherwise skin matter from one person could be passed
on to the next person along with viral warts, tinea, and impetigo.
Hepatitis B and C are also potential hazards-as people sometimes bleed after having a bikini wax-but the risk is small.

1. Find a therapist who uses individual bikini wax pots, or uses a new bikini wax applicator each time it's dipped into the pot.
2. Don't fall for the "hot wax kills everything" line, because it isn't hot enough to kill germs if it can be applied to skin.
3. Make sure the therapist doesn't wax over scabs or moles.

Treacherous Tweezers

Risks: impetigo, herpes, hepatitis B and C.

A simple pair of tweezers may seem innocent enough when a you need to have your eyebrows plucked,
or a few stray hairs left from bikini waxing, but if the tweezers are left lying on salon benches or sitting
in a beauty therapist's pocket, you can bet they haven't been sterilized after the last client.
You may be at risk of infection if your beauty therapist gouges out someone
else's ingrown hair and then uses the unsterilized tweezers on you.

1. Always check that tools are sterilized and laid out on a tray.
2. Ask you therapist if you can see the autoclave-the sterilizing container-before she starts tweezing.
If you notice the tweezers are wrapped in autoclave wrapping,
it's a good indication that they have been thoroughly sterilized.

Fearsome Facials

Risks: impetigo, dermatitis

If warm, moist towels aren't washed before reuse, they provide a breeding ground
for skin nasties such as impetigo, a bacterial infection that causes sores.
Therapists who dip their fingers into products and then apply them to your skin,
also risk transferring infections such as dermatitis to your skin.

1. Ensure all towels and gowns used during your treatments are fresh.
2. Make sure the therapist wears gloves if she has sores, cuts or skin infections on her hands.
3. Check that a clean spatula or cotton ball is used to apply products to your skin.


Risks: HIV, hepatitis B and C

Electrolysis needles used to remove hair on the face and body need to be handled with caution.
Like any instrument that penetrates the skin and comes into contact with blood, the needles can carry viruses, such as HIV.
Contracting hepatitis B or C is more of a risk, as the viruses can survive for days or even weeks on the surface of a needle.

1. Insist the therapist uses pre-sterilized, single use needles and watch them being removed from a sealed package.
2. The therapist should use a special bin to dispose off used needles.
Preparing skin with alcohol wipes also reduces the risk of infections.

Perilous Pedicures
Risks: warts, fungal infections

Warts and fungal infections can be passed on from client to client if pumies or pedi paddles are not sterilized.
It's also important to remember that beauty therapists are not podiatrists.
Any therapist wielding a razor blade to remove hardened skin should be avoided.

1. Bring you own pumice, pedi paddle or cuticle stick
2. If you are having a manicure,
watch our for therapists who reuse cuticle sticks-fungal infections can be passed on this way.
3. Look for therapists who use disposable paddles.

Menacing Manicures
Risks: warts, fungal infections, paronychia

If a therapist reuses cuticle sticks during a manicure, it can transfer infection from person to person,
and may lead to warts or paronychia (a bacterial infection).

1. Take your own stick or look for a therapist who sterilizes cuticle sticks and nail files between treatments.

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