You probably never thought of hair removal as a health issue, but anything dealing with the body has potential health repercussions. While it’s obvious that some methods of hair removal are more effective than others, take possible health risks into account when deciding on the best method of hair removal for your purposes.
Although the most common type of hair removal, shaving is also the least effective. Most women need to shave their legs every few days, and underarms about as frequently. Ingrown hairs often develop a result of shaving, an especial risk for people with curly, thick hair. If you opt for shaving, use a quality razor and replace blades often. If using disposal razors, don’t try to get more than three or four shaves or you increase the risk of cutting yourself. Always shave in the direction the hair grows.
Depilatories, or hair removal creams, keeps you hair-free longer than shaving. Most creams help exfoliate dead skin cells, making legs appear smoother and more even in tone. The downside – some chemicals used in the manufacture of such creams can react badly when exposed to excessive sunlight, so use a depilatory in the evening, not right before heading to the beach or pool. Those with very sensitive skin should try a depilatory on a small patch before slathering it all over legs or underarms. Another word of caution: Don’t keep depilatories in the shower anywhere near your shampoo, because a simple mistake could cause big problems.
Waxing can prove painful as hair is ripped from the body, but it can keep skin smooth and hair-free for a month or more. However, waxing may also cause irritation and even infection in hair follicles. Bikini waxing is the most dangerous – stripping of hair in the pubic area increases the risk of contracting STDs.
Plucking eyebrows or other areas of the face with tweezers is generally safe, but there’s also a slight risk of infection and ingrown hairs with this method. For best results, dip your tweezers in rubbing alcohol prior to using them and wash the tweezers and again dip them in alcohol when you are done.
If you’re tired of temporary forms of hair removal, consider the permanent or semi-permanent route. Electrolysis is a permanent form of hair removal, while laser hair removal usually requires annual touch-up sessions. Neither method is cheap and both require multiple sessions. Still, once you take the plunge, your concerns about hair removal are pretty much over.
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!