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Dangers in young teens having hair removal procedures

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The International Spa Association reports 16-percent of spa clients in their teens have undergone a hair removal procedure.   Since there are no laws concerning age restrictions, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of girls, age 12 and under requesting a wax.  Some to shape the bikini line, or strip the hair altogether in that region. Some salons advertise removing the hair at a young age will save time and money on waxing or shaving later.

Dermatologist, Dr. John Huber, says that's not true.   He's concerned that young skin is more vulnerable, which makes waxing young skin more risky.  "When you strip away that layer of skin you're more likely to get infection in the top layer of skin."  "Whatever you've minimized as a kid may not re-grow until you've reached puberty, but at that point you're going to make hairs that you've never had before."

Some salon owners refuse to perform grown up treatments on little girls. But without any laws controlling waxing, the bottom line is if parents want to pay for it, little girls may get it.

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