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How to Tweeze Eyebrows Without Pain

author image Rachel Nall
Rachel Nall began writing in 2003. She is a former managing editor for custom health publications, including physician journals. She has written for The Associated Press and "Jezebel," "Charleston," "Chatter" and "Reach" magazines. Nall is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Tennessee.
How to Tweeze Eyebrows Without Pain
A close-up of a woman plucking her eyebrows. Photo Credit Mark Fairey/iStock/Getty Images

Your eyebrows are the frame to your eyes and face. Creating the most pleasing shape and eradicating stray hairs can help this frame to look its best. Tweezing the brows can be an inexpensive and quick way to keep your brows in the right shape, but there is one drawback to tweezing the brows: the pain that can accompany pulling those small hairs out of the follicle. Certain tips help you to minimize pain while creating beautiful brows.

Step 1

Take an over-the-counter pain reducer, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, about one hour before tweezing to help minimize pain.

Step 2

Take a shower or place a hot towel over the face for at least five minutes before tweezing. The hot temperatures help to open up the hair follicles, making eyebrow hairs easier to remove. Dry the eyebrows before tweezing, however, as moistened hair can be more difficult to grab.

Step 3

Grasp the skin around the eyebrow and pull it taut to help you best identify the hair you wish to tweeze as well as minimize slipping when you do tweeze.

Step 4

Tweeze the hair, pulling in the direction of hair growth. Following the hair pattern helps prevent ingrown hairs and reduces pain, according to the website Beauty and Personal Grooming. You should pull the hair as quickly as possible to minimize trauma to the area.

Step 5

Pat the area you just tweezed several times with your index fingers to immediately minimize the sting that occurs after tweezing.

Step 6

Ice the area you just tweezed to close the follicle, minimize swelling and reduce pain. Wrap the ice in a towel to avoid touching the skin directly. You also can apply cool tea bags to the area after tweezing to soothe the affected area. Be sure to disinfect your tweezers after every use by soaking them in alcohol to help prevent introducing bacteria into an open hair follicle.

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