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Safe Hair Removal

By Edited Mar 3, 2016 0 0

We're obsessed with hair. We want it on our heads, but we want to get rid of it wherever else it is. Shaving, lasers, waxes, creams - how do you know what will work best for what you want to do? Here's the basic run-down of the safest hair removal options.

Lasers

Laser hair removal is when qualified professionals use a laser to destroy hair follicles. It's important to find out the facts before undergoing laser hair removal, and it can be especially important to find out about anesthetic products and procedures to make sure they are safe and the best products to minimize the pain without negative effects. The FDA recommends that if you use skin-numbing products, you should use the lowest amount of anesthetic possible. Talk to a medical professional about this, as large amounts of skin-numbing can be harmful and even life-threatening, so do your research before using it.

Laser removal is nice because it lasts for a long time, but the side effects can include blistering, temporary discoloration, swelling, and scarring. Remember that as wonderful as laser treatment sounds, it can be painful and harmful.

Epilators

Needle epilators take a fine wire close to the hair shaft and then take an electric current into the wire and down to the hair follicle, where it destroys the hair root and the hair can be removed with tweezers. This is not so different from medical electrolysis devices, which destroy hair growth with a radio frequency and a probe. It's a permanent hair removal process that destroys the hair follicle completely, but it requires some time and several appointments. If the person performing this process is unqualified, the risks include infection and scarring, but for most, it's a decent option.

Depilatories

Depilatories break down the protein structure of hair and dissolve it into something that can be wiped off. They come as gels, creams, lotions, roll-ons or aerosols, and while generally safe, they should always be used with regard to their instructions and warnings. Most importantly, you should check for allergic reactions before using depilatories all over, and they should never be used for eyebrows or on broken skin. In certain circumstances, they can cause skin peeling, rashes, and other nasty side effects, so use them with caution.

Waxing

Waxing is different from a depilatory in that, instead of taking the hair off at the surface of the skin, it pulls the hair out of the follicle at it's roots. A layer of melted wax is applied to the skin where it hardens and then is pulled out in the opposite direction of hair growth. Waxes shouldn't be used on eyelashes, noses, ears, or other sensitive areas, but they are generally safe for other areas. Be cautious so that you don't burn yourself, and be prepared for some minor irritation.
An alternative to this method is sugaring, which involves a heated sugar mixture instead of wax.

Shaving

Shaving is certainly the easiest solution for hair removal, but it also doesn't last as long and can be risky if you aren't careful with the razor. To avoid irritation, shave with the growth of the hair and only when the skin is wet. Shaving creams and gels can help to minimize cuts and irritation, and razors should always be sharp and clean.

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