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Body Hair Removal

Enjoy having smooth, hairless skin all over your body – without the hassle and pain of hair removal appointments? Here are some hair removal techniques:

Plucking

It works using tweezers. A person stretches the skin tightly, grips the hair close to the root, and pulls it out. The effect lasts: for 3 to 8 weeks. Plucking is time-consuming since you can only remove one hair at a time. Then again, it's inexpensive since all it takes are a pair of tweezers.

However, plucking can be painful; hence it is best to do it only on small areas, such as the eyebrows, upper lip, and chin. If your hair breaks off below your skin, you may get an ingrown hair. After plucking, you may notice temporary red bumps as the hair follicle gets swollen and irritated. To reduce the chance of infection, make sure you sterilize your tweezers with rubbing alcohol before and after use.

Some steps to permanent hair removal are listed below. Hair growth will completely stop within one to four months, leaving your skin baby soft and smooth.

Depilatories

A depilatory is a cream or liquid that extracts hair from the skin's surface. They work by reacting with the protein structure of the hair, in such a way that the hair dissolves and can be washed or wiped away. The effect lasts from several days to 2 weeks

Depilatories work fast, are readily and inexpensively available at drugstores and grocery stores. They are best used on the leg, underarm, and bikini areas. Special formulations may be used on the face and chin.

However applying depilatories can be messy and many people dislike the smell. If you have sensitive skin, you may have an allergic reaction to the chemicals in the depilatory. This may cause a rash or inflammation. Then again, depilatories may not be as effective on people with coarse hair. Always read the product directions carefully and make sure to apply it only for the recommended amount of time for best results.

Waxing

In waxing, a sticky wax is spread on the area of skin where the unwanted hair grows. A cloth strip is then placed over the wax and quickly ripped off, taking the hair root and dead skin cells with it. The wax can be warmed or could be applied cold. Waxing can be done both at a salon and at home. The effect lasts from anywhere between 3 to 6 weeks

Waxing leaves the area smooth and is rather long lasting. Also, the hair regrowth looks lighter and less noticeable than it does after other methods of hair removal, like shaving. Waxing kits are easily available in drugstores and grocery stores.

However, many people feel that the biggest drawback to waxing is the pain when the hair is ripped out by the root. You may notice temporary redness, inflammation, and bumps too. Professional waxing is also quite expensive as compared to other hair removal methods. Then again, diabetics should avoid waxing as they are more susceptible to infection. Even teens who use acne medications like tretinoin and isotretinoin had better skip the wax since those medicines make the skin more sensitive. Teens with moles or skin irritation from sunburn would also best avoid waxing.

Electrolysis

Over a series of several appointments, a professional electrologist inserts a needle into hair follicles, sending an electric current through the hair roots, killing them. Small areas such as the upper lip could take a total of 4 to 10 hours and a larger ones such as the bikini line may take 8 to 16 hours. However, the effect is known to last permanently. This is the only type of hair removal that is permanent.

However, electrolysis is expensive and takes lots of time. So, it's generally only used on smaller areas such as the upper lip, eyebrows, and underarms. Some people even describe the process as painful. Dry skin, scabs, scarring, and inflammation could result after treatment. There is also the risk of infection may if the needles and other instruments aren't properly sterilized. We suggest you talk to your doctor, if you are interested in electrolysis. He or she may also be in a position to recommend an electrologist with proper credentials.

Laser Hair Removal

In this, a laser is directed through the skin to the hair follicle, where it stops growth. It is known to work best on light-skinned people with dark hair as the melanin (colored pigment) in the hair absorbs more of the light, making treatment more effective. The effect is known to last around 6 months. This type of hair removal is long lasting; also, large areas of skin can be treated at the same time.

However, a treatment session may cost $500 or more. The side effects may include inflammation and redness. To counter these side effects, try using cold packs to diminish inflammation. Avoiding the sun before a treatment could also make results more effective.

Prescription Treatments

A facial cream called Eflornithine is available by prescription to treat hair growth (usually in women). The cream is suppose to be applied twice a day until the hair gets softer and lighter – more like vellus hair. Side effects could include skin irritation and acne.


Deciding to get rid of body hair is a personal choice – removing body hair doesn't make a person healthier, and you shouldn't feel pressured to do so if you don't want to. Some cultures even view body hair as beautiful. In any case, we seriously suggest you talk to your doctor or dermatologist if you are concerned about hair growth and removal.

 
   
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