Nobody likes finding hairs in their nose, especially men whose nose hair tends to grow a lot quicker and thicker than women’s. But this hair-removal tool could prove fatal if used incorrectly and doctors are now warning people not to use it.
The German Association of Otolaryngologists is advising people not to pull their nose hair out with tweezers. They say that you should also not remove this hair with hair-removal creams, which are also highly unsuitable for use in the genital areas.
Danger to your health
Although nose hairs aren’t pretty, they do perform an important function in the bodies. They filter the air we breathe and prevent dirt from the air from getting into our lungs. When you tear out your nose hair with tweezers, you are therefore losing this natural protective filter as well.
Furthermore, tearing this hair out with tweezers can cause wounds inside your nose which can allow bacteria to get into the bloodstream as Erich Voigt explained. This can be dangerous, because certain veins in our noses lead directly to the brain. It can even cause meningitis.
‘Don’t do this under any circumstances: Pulling your nose hairs out with tweezers can cause health problems and even death – diego_cervo / Getty Images’
The ‘Danger Triangle’ of the face
Dr Erich Voigt explains that there is a so-called ‘Danger Triangle’ of the face which also includes your nose. As we have already explained, this hair performs a very important function in the body. Due to the way in which the blood supply is carried to the human nose and the surrounding areas, it is possible, though extremely unlikely, for infections in the nasal area to spread to the brain, causing paranasal sinus thrombosis, meningitis or brain abscess. As a result, you should be extra careful with these areas of your face.
Creams and lasers
As we have already mentioned, hair-removal creams aren’t suitable for removing nose hair either, because the chemicals found in these products can damage the mucus membranes.
There is also the possibility of laser treatments. This option removes the hair but also permanently removes the natural filtering system in the nose, so ENT doctors therefore advise against this method as well.
How can you remove hair properly and safely?
There are two safe ways to remove nasal hair. You can trim the hairs using a rounded and previously disinfected pair of nail scissors. These are cheap to buy like baby nail scissors (sponsored link*). By using these scissors, the hairs in your nose are still able to fulfil their filtering function and the hair is short enough so that it doesn’t stick out of your nose and look unattractive.
‘It would be better to remove nose hair with disinfected scissors: Rounded nail scissors work well for this – LarsZahnerPhotography / Getty Images’
Another option is using an electric nose hair trimmer (sponsored link*). However, before using this appliance, you should clean your nose because sticky hairs aren’t so easy to trim. It’s also important to turn on the trimmer before you put it in your nose and not when it’s already inside to avoid injury.
‘A quick and easy solution without the risk of injury – LuckyBusiness / Getty Images’
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