battle to rid the body of unwanted facial, upper lip, chest,
back, leg, underarm or back hair can be a time consuming one.
Finding the right product or medical technique may take some
experimenting, but is usually well worth the effort in terms
of comfort, safety and self-esteem.
play a large part in hair growth in unwanted places. So does
hormone levels in pregnancy, or a decrease in estrogen during
menopause. Whatever the cause, there are variety of cosmetic
options most commonly used including shaving, plucking or waxing.
For many, more long-term results with electrolysis or laser
hair removal techniques have also proven beneficial.
and shaving cream is the time tested way to go. Many women advise
extra time spent in the shower to soften body hair, then using
men's shaving cream (commonly more lubricating than "ladies"
formulations) to leave skin soft and smooth. Using a good moisturizer
or aloe gel afterwards is also recommended especially after
shaving ultra-sensitive areas like bikini lines or underarms.
Hair removal creams, gels and lotions are usually the quickest method to
make unwanted hair disappear. Depending on personal preference,
pros and cons are reported for the each of the variety of forms
they take commonly roll-ons, sprays or patches. Side
effects can include slight burning or irritation, so shop
around to find the product that fits your
level of skin sensitivity.
or hot waxing as the name implies brings a level of discomfort
that many people may think twice about before considering hair
removal. At-home treatments are usually the less painful cold
waxing method (although they are not as effective as hot waxing
traditionally offered by salons.)
If using a hot wax kit at
home, be sure to follow instructions to the letter for best
results including applying to a small area of skin to test for
allergic reactions. Overall, despite the level of discomfort
compared to other methods hot waxing is probably the most effective
and long lasting.
touted as a permanent hair removal solution, electrolysis may
not work for everyone, as is sometimes witnessed by regrowth of
hair by people who have used this method.
and tweeze" technique works by inserting a tiny filament
into the hair follicle with a small electrical current applied
to cauterize the papilla, or the capillary that feeds hair follicle
growth. Once the hair is loosened, it is easily removed with
a pair of tweezers. As each hair has to be treated individually,
electrolysis can be very time consuming and is usually prescribed
only for smaller areas of the body such as upper lip, eyebrows,
may include dry skin, scarring, or inflammation around the treated
area. Infections may also occur if the filaments are not properly
sterilized, so it is highly recommended that you ask your doctor
to refer you to a certified professional before undergoing electrolysis
age" technique touted in the 1960's has since been vastly
improved in terms of safety and effectiveness. Today, the technique
of using a laser beam to the depth of the hair follicle across
the skin is quite common, although not entirely pain free, and
not always 100% permanent. Laser beams are drawn to the contrast
of light and dark, so laser hair removal has proven more effective
for those with contrasting light skin and dark hair.
cases, laser hair removal slows hair regrowth. Like electrolysis,
it often takes months of treatments to provide permanent results.
Known side effects include the skin's sensitivity to sunlight
for a day or two after each treatment. As always, it is highly
recommended to consult your doctor for a referral to a board
certified laser hair removal specialist before undergoing treatment.
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