Dermatoses occurring after parlor procedures, finds Study
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Cosmetic procedures are on the rise and practiced by all age groups, especially by teenagers. These procedures enhance the individual appearance and confidence levels, but they are not without side effects.

The aim of this study was to evaluate the side effects occurring after various parlor procedures such as facials, threading, waxing, and laser hair reduction. A prospective study was done for 12 months in a tertiary hospital. Patients were evaluated for any skin lesions, developed after one of the above parlor procedures. Detailed history, clinical examination, and correlation with the parlor procedure were noted.

A total of 102 patients were found to have dermatoses after various parlor procedures during the 1-year study period (81 F and 21 M). Acneiform eruptions 26, followed by post-waxing folliculitis 17, and hyperpigmentation of face 15 were the most common dermatoses. Molluscum contagiosum, verrucae plana, and tinea faciei were observed in 11, 6, and 3 patients, respectively.

Facial hyperpigmentation, seen in 15 occurred mainly after gold facial. The sandalwood is known to cause photoallergy and it could have been caused the hyperpigmentation in these cases. Three females developed patchy hyperpigmentation on lips after laser reduction of hair. The laser used was Diode 800 and the parameters were not known. Laser hair reduction may cause, burning, erythema, purpura, scarring, and pigmentary changes.

Contact dermatitis presenting as erythema, scaling, itching was observed in 9 cases, 8 female, and 1 male. After hair dye the lesions were more concentrated around the hair margins and one developed edema of the forehead and periorbital area.

The eyebrow shaping by threading is a common beauty parlor procedure practiced to enhance the aesthetic appeal and to get rid of unwanted hair. The common side effects of threading include erythema, folliculitis, pseudofolliculitis, bullous impetigo, verruca plana, molluscum, and secondary pigmentary changes. Tinea faciei developed on the eye brows after threading is uncommon.

Parlor procedures may enhance the beauty but one should be aware of the not uncommon side effects that follow these procedures. Educating the patients is extremely important to avoid unwanted complications or side effects after these procedures.