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Are Depilatory Creams the Best Hair Removal Solution?


When it comes down to it, there is no simple and easy way to get rid of unwanted body hair. Or is there? Simply applying a cream and then wiping it off, along with the unwanted hair, seems simple and easy enough. But does it actually work and is it safe?

Before diving in to those questions, however, it's important to understand the basic mechanics behind hair removal creams. These creams contain chemicals that are specifically formulated to act on the body's hair. Once the depilatory is applied, it starts to break down hair at a structural level, destroying the keratin that serves as the hair's fundamental building block. After this keratin has been destroyed, the hair can be simply wiped away from the body, leaving you with soft, smooth skin.

Although that may sound simple, there's still a lot of confusion and uncertainty surrounding depilatory creams. So read on to find the answers to some of the most common questions.

Do Hair Removal Creams Work?

For most people, yes, they do. Depilatory creams are an effective way to remove large swaths of hair from your legs, arms, underarms, face, and even the bikini area. Conversely, however, some people with thicker hair don't find these creams are an efficient method of hair removal, and they have to resort to more traditional options, such as shaving or waxing.

What Are the Downsides?

Unfortunately, hair removal creams are far from perfect. Just from a practical standpoint, it can be a little messy trying to wipe up the cream itself, especially once you get gobs of hair mixed in, so patience can sometimes be key. Additionally, some people do have negative reactions to the chemicals in the cream, which can cause burning and irritation. So if you have overly sensitive skin or if your skin is already damaged, from severe dryness for example, then depilatory cream may not be the best option.

Does It Hurt?

Typically, hair removal creams don't hurt nearly as much as waxing or plucking, but they can cause a little bit of discomfort. In order to minimize pain and irritation, it's important to use different types of cream for different areas of the body. Often, manufacturers will offer a weaker formulation for sensitive areas, such as the face, as well as a stronger version for more durable body parts, such as the legs. Pay close attention to what type of cream you're buying, use it as directed, and your level of discomfort should be minimal.

If you're thinking about trying out a depilatory cream, remember to start slowly. Test the cream on a small area, see if it works or if you have any type of negative reaction, and then go from there.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about hair removal, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!

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