Questions about: Waxing - Misc
What are the chances of getting herpes infection with wax? Get the facts.
At Pia Esthetics Day Spa, your safety is our top priority, and we strictly adhere to sanitary practices, including never double-dipping during waxing. The concern about contracting herpes or any STD through waxing is largely based on myths and misinformation. To set the record straight, we consulted several gynecologists who confirmed that the likelihood of catching an STD, including herpes, from waxing is extremely low, almost negligible.
Here's why: The herpes virus does not survive for long outside the human body. Moreover, the high temperature of the waxing pot is sufficient to kill any bacteria or viruses that might be present. The practice of double-dipping (using the same stick more than once) does not increase this risk, but for added safety, our estheticians always use a new stick for each application.
To further ease your concerns, consider the analogy of nail polish in a salon. Even if a person with hepatitis has their cuticles touched by the brush, which then goes back into the bottle, the bottle's contents are too chemically hostile for bacteria to survive.
We understand that this topic can be sensitive, so we've gathered some informative links for further reading:
- The Origins of the Urban Legend
- MedHelp.org: STD Forum - Waxing Question Answered by Doctors
- HuffPost: Relax, You Won't Get An STD From Bikini Waxing
The claim that eyebrow waxers are at risk of contracting herpes from unsanitary equipment has been investigated and found to be false, according to Snopes. The rumor suggests that herpes can be transmitted through virus-contaminated eyebrow waxing implements. However, upon consulting the National Herpes Hotline, it was clarified that herpes is a "very fragile virus" and could not survive on the implement used to apply the wax, nor in the warm wax itself. Additionally, there have been no documented cases of herpes being transmitted in this manner.
Herpes is a common virus, with a significant percentage of American adults having oral herpes, and about one in four adults in the United States having genital herpes. However, the idea of contracting herpes at waxing salons due to poor hygiene is more of an urban legend than a medical fact. This rumor reflects societal fears about dread diseases being contracted through seemingly safe activities, but in the case of waxing and herpes, there is no substantiated risk.
For any further concerns or questions, feel free to reach out to us at Pia Esthetics Day Spa. We're here to ensure your waxing experience is not only effective but also safe and comfortable.