April 07, 2017

Wax Removal of Nasal Hair

Screenshot of video by Sepi Balini
Makeup artist and vlogger Sepi Balini posted a video on instagram showing her nasal hair being removed by waxing.


She's made of tough stuff as most individuals would have at least shed a tear given the nose is extremely sensitive, even with pulling just one nostril hair out. Watch the video here.

However, this is NOT a good idea and I certainly hope is not something that picks up in popularity whether male or female.

Although nasal hair does contribute to air filtration by preventing debris from getting into the nose, the greater concern is infection of the hair follicles. Although an infected hair follicle hurts no matter where it occurs, it is particularly painful in the nasal region. Given the nasal location, one can argue that it is more likely here than other locations given how often air passes through this opening along with germs. Other nasal skin conditions that may also result include:

  • nasal crusting
  • ulcers
  • pimples
  • scabbing
  • skin cracking
  • abscess

Staph in particular likes to hang out among the nasal hair. In very rare cases, an infection in this region of the face (called the "Triangle of Death"), can lead to infection of the brain. Click here for more information on how this may happen.

If you want to remove nasal hair, it is best to trim the hair out with nose hair clippers or a scissor.

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Fauquier ENT

Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids.

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