The Waxing Challenge
Since witnessing this dangerous trend online, dermatologists have warned about the many health risks to The Waxing Challenge. In this challenge, a salon or home waxing enthusiast would apply hot wax to the entire face. After it dried, it would then be painfully stripped from every surface and facial cavity. Waxing is a painful process to begin with, so why would this trend be any different? “Waxing is a traumatic process for the skin, especially sensitive areas such as those found around the eyes,” Dr. Anjali Mahto, a London dermatologist, told the Evening Standard. “Attempting to wax inside your nose or ears is not recommended, as it can damage the skin deep inside these cavities and can cause ingrown hairs and inflammation, known as pseudofolliculitis barbae.” Even more seriously, putting hot wax all over your face, blocking your airways, can also cause suffocation.