Do you want people to see an unkempt old man when they look at your face? Probably not. Yet, that’s what we think we look like when our nose hair starts to get a bit long. Your first instinct may be to eradicate them with nose waxing, but below, we will look at why that may not be the best solution.
The Nose Waxing Craze
The idea of nose waxing really came to mainstream prominence when a beauty vlogger created a viral video of her nose getting waxed. You can see the pained participant’s eyes water as the aesthetician yanks out the offending hairs. Most of us can’t help but sneeze watching it. In the wake of the video, many experts have weighed in about why waxing your nose is a terrible idea. And, it’s not just because of the incredible pain you inflict on yourself with such treatment. There are actually prospective health problems you are putting yourself at risk for. Similar to how makeup can clog our pores, ripping out our nose hairs can lead to infections, a weakened immune system and sometimes even worse.
What the Experts Say
In an interview with metro.co.uk, a rhinologist at James Paget University Hospital, Dr. Carl Philpott, pointed out that the nose hairs play a crucial role in our health. Specifically, they serve as a bit of a wall between dirt from our environment and our nostrils. They make sure we are not taking in harmful particles when we breathe.
Another expert, Dr. Richard Leinhardt, the chief of ear, nose, and throat and facial plastic surgery at the Manhattan Eye and Throat Hospital told Allure that waxing your nose hairs can lead to infection. And, there is a massive bacterial population that is waiting to get under the surface of your skin. When bacteria that shouldn’t get into your blood does get in there, you are leaving yourself open to a number of health issues.
Is Plucking a Better Option?
It may be common knowledge that the best way to get rid of your nose hairs is to pluck them. However, common knowledge is often wrong. In fact, Dr. Leinhardt notes that any treatment that removes the hair follicle completely will leave you open to infections. This includes plucking.
Otolaryngologist Dr. Erich Voigt splits hairs and notes that you are most likely to pluck at the front hose hairs. These are the ones that do the work of blocking off larger particles. Particles and germs near the follicles can sneak inside when you pluck the front hairs. Dr. Voigt points out that the veins that carry blood from the nose meet up with blood leaving the brain. If the germs make it up to the brain, you are looking at meningitis or brain abscess.
As you can see, waxing, or even just plucking, your nose hairs is not a good idea. Instead, invest in a good trimmer, and your immune system will thank you. Additionally, if you find that your nose hairs are making your nose itch, you may wish to try chia oil to help nourish your nose hairs and make them softer. While your nose hairs may be in an unsightly spot, it is important to remember that the hair in your nose is just the same as it is everywhere else on your body!