There’s not enough evidence to make a blanket statement that waxing puts you at risk for sexually transmitted infections, says Adam Friedman, M.D., director of dermatologic research at Montefiore Medical Center. But, he does admit waxing can make your body more vulnerable. “Any process or underlying condition that disrupts the skin barrier, allowing bacteria, fungi, and viruses easier access into the skin, can increase the risk of infection,” he says. Once the barrier is broken, it’s easier for STIs like HPV to access deeper layers of skin. To minimize the risk, scope out the scene. Ensure they’re using new wax and a new applicator with each client, says Anate Aelion Brauer, an ob-gyn who practices in New York and Connecticut. Post salon, follow safe sex practices to a tee.
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