Dermatologists recently reported that it’s important to know the pros and cons of each and every hair removal method before using it.
Dr. Neha Goyal shared with Pooja Bhula of TopNews the range of different hair removal techniques in order to help readers decide which method to use.
The dermatologist comments that waxing is an inexpensive easy method that leads to hair free skin for considerably longer than other methods. Newer options like chocolate wax make the waxing experience less painful, but the method has certain cons like the infection of hair follicles or skin-related allergies.
Waxing can also lead to darkening of the skin in rare cases, but there is no correlation between the shedding of dead skin and waxing, since dead skin sheds on its own. The dermatologist also strongly denies one waxing myth, which states that waxing loosens the skin.
Goyal comments that although using a razor does not cause reactions or allergies, if not incorrectly, the method can cause pseudo folliculitis, a skin condition caused by ingrown body hairs that results in inflamed bumps or pustules. The doctor also claims in some cases, using hair removal creams can lead to darkening or irritation of the skin.
In the case of pseudo folliculitis, more commonly called razor bumps, WebMD recommends using an alternative hair removal method to shaving. If you do continue to shave, you can use a clean needle to release the embedded hair shaft and stop razor bumps from developing. Severe bumps can be treated with medicine, like hydrocortisone, antibiotic or tretinoin cream, spread on the skin.
To prevent irritation from shaving or hair removal creams, you can also permanently remove hair with laser treatments or electrolysis. Permanent removal of the hair follicles is the only proven treatment for pseudo folliculitis. Laser hair removal is considered the most effective treatment, but there is a risk of skin discoloration and a small risk of scarring.
You can prevent razor bumps from forming by taking a hot shower before shaving in order to soften the hair and open the pores, use a thick shaving gel, refraining from stretching the skin by always shaving in the direction hair grows, using the fewest razor strokes possible, rinsing with cold water or using an electric razor at a high setting, according to WebMD. African Americans and people with tightly coiled hair are most at risk for razor bumps.
A less serious condition caused by shaving, razor burn is a skin condition characterized by mild to moderate redness and irritation on the surface of the skin. Unlike pseudo folliculitis, the condition tends to be transient with no infection involved.
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