What Kind of Tweezers Are Best?
Tweezers typically fit into one of two broad categories, and it's a good idea to have both types in your medicine cabinet.
The first variety is slanted tweezers. These products are ideal for plucking hairs because they can be held flat against your skin and positioned for optimal accuracy. You might use these tweezers to shape your eyebrows or to target rogue hairs that grow on other parts of your body.
Pointed tweezers, on the other hand, are intended for a completely different purpose. These products--which come to a sharp point at the tip--can be used to help remove splinters and/or ingrown hairs from beneath the surface of your skin.
How to Use Tweezers
It's important to prep and use your tweezers correctly in order to increase efficacy and prevent infection.
For hair removal, you should plan to tweeze hairs after washing the skin with warm water. The process will be less painful if you target individual hairs at a time rather than trying to pluck several at once.
When using pointed tweezers for removal of splinters or ingrown hairs, it's essential that you sterilize the tools first in order to prevent infection. Soak the pointed tips of these tweezers in rubbing alcohol or an iodine solution to kill germs on the tool itself, and wash the skin thoroughly with soap and water.
Once you have successfully removed the offending object, wash the skin again and apply an antibacterial ointment before bandaging the area. If you are concerned about removing a splinter or ingrown hair on your own, or if you think the area might be infected, consult your doctor. back to top »
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