Have you ever plucked your eyebrows or tweezed away other bits of facial hair, only to find later that the process had left behind dark spots on your skin?
You’re not alone. While many people can pluck, tweeze, and wax away hairs without having to deal with these unsightly consequences, others consistently notice brown spots after tweezing.
The Causes of Dark Spots
Yes, tweezing can and often does cause hyperpigmentation. However, now that we have answered the question, it’s important for us to look at why plucking hairs can cause dark spots. Furthermore, it’s also essential that we look at other potential causes for dark spots—particularly on the face—so that you don’t immediately blame tweezing for the problem.
There are a number of factors that can leave behind dark spots on your skin. One common cause is acne, particularly if you are someone who tends to pick at pimples and zits. Sometimes, the dark spots on your skin can have a root cause called folliculitis, or ingrown hairs. It’s not uncommon for facial hair or body hair follicles to become ingrown, which can lead to both irritating red acne bumps and unsightly dark spots. Other times, the spots on your skin might just be freckles.
There is also a harmless but frustrating skin condition called hyperpigmentation. With hyperpigmentation, deposits of excess melanin can form beneath your skin, causing patches of your skin to be darker than others.
Why Tweezing Can Cause Dark Spots to Form
The explanation for why plucking hairs can lead to dark spots is actually a mixture of the causes listed above. In some cases, tweezing your hairs can cause a hair follicle to become ingrown, which in turn causes acne and dark skin spots.
In other cases, tweezing a hair can cause problems with hyperpigmentation. When you pluck a hair with tweezers, you are essentially ripping the hair right out of the follicle. This action is good because the hair won’t grow back as quickly as it would if you simply trimmed or shaved it. However, tweezing a hair can also cause damage at the root of the hair follicle. This damage can in turn lead to the overproduction of melanin, which can cause a darkening of the skin at the location of the tweezing.
How to Avoid Dark Spots from Tweezing
So how can you avoid getting dark spots from tweezing your hairs? The best preventative method is to be clean and smart as you are tweezing. Wash your face to get oils and bacteria off your face and dab the spot you are going to pluck with a hot washcloth. These steps will clean your skin and open your pores, making it easier to extract the hairs.
When you do go to tweeze the hairs, make sure you are doing so in the direction the hair grows. Plucking in an opposite direction will always cause more pain and irritation while also leading to ingrown hairs.
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