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Getting Rid of Nipple Hair


In the Western worldview, the female breast is both sacred and profane. It is sacred because it provides the milk for nourishing newborns, profane because – no explanation needed. For either purpose, nipple hair is unnecessary and unsightly. Nipple hair proliferation occurs most often during hormonal changes in a woman’s life, such as adolescence, pregnancy and menopause.

Getting rid of nipple hair isn’t difficult, but plucking or shaving gets tiresome. Tweezing actually encourages nipple hairs to grow back more coarsely. Frequent plucking or shaving increases the risk of developing ingrown hairs in this sensitive area. In a worst-case scenario, those blocked follicles could lead to sebaceous cysts, which require medical treatment.

If you’d like to get rid of that embarrassing nipple hair for good, consider laser hair removal or electrolysis. These two methods aren’t cheap, but removing nipple hair via these alternatives is less expensive than removing larger areas of hair, such as the legs or underarms.

Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal gets rid of nipple hair for the long term, and sometimes permanently. With laser hair removal, there is always the risk of burning or scarring. For best results, visit a dermatologist offering this service.

Laser hair removal works best on dark nipple hairs, as its light targets the dark pigments. You’ll have to return for several sessions before nipple hair is more or less permanently eradicated. Lasers remove hair throughout its growth cycle, so appointments are generally spaced four to six weeks apart. The average woman goes through four to six sessions before the hair is eliminated. An annual touch-up is often necessary.


Electrolysis gets rid of nipple hair permanently. There’s one small drawback. With electrolysis, there’s a slight chance of scarring. It’s also a bit more painful than laser hair removal. However, for women light hair and light skin, electrolysis is probably the better choice. As with laser hair removal, electrolysis requires several sessions. Permanent removal requires the hair to grow out entirely, and the exact number of treatments varies from woman to woman. As long as you attend each session, you can soon say goodbye to nipple hair.


If you don’t want to go the laser hair removal or electrolysis route, there’s another alternative. The right depilatory gets rid of nipple hair, but the emphasis is on a brand designed for the sensitive areola. The depilatory you use on your legs will likely sting the nipples. Find a depilatory labeled for sensitive skin.

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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