June 13, 2017

Why Not All Hair Removal Methods are the Same

Summer took its time arriving in T.O. this year, but it’s here now and that means shorts and swimsuit weather is here too. It’s all good news until you realize that the last time you did much about… um… your body hair… was last summer.

While it may not be your favourite thing to do, getting rid of unwanted hair sure does make you feel good and look great when you’re done.

There are lots of ways to remove body hair, but you should be aware of consequences – at least with one method of hair removal.

Hair Removal Methods

Laser treatments are the best hair removal technique, according to more than one independent review. Cited for its non-invasive way of getting hair to simply fall out after a few days, some laser air removal treatments carry the added bonus of rejuvenating your skin.

1. Waxing, threading and electrolysis are popular

but they each carry their own downsides. Waxing often rips off the top layer of skin. Threading is easy on your skin, but its only practical for small areas, like your eyebrows. Electrolysis is like the old-fashioned laser treatment, but it can casue scarring, infection and hyperpigmentation.

2. Hair removal creams

like those you find in the drug store, use harsh chemicals, with names like calcium hydroxide and potassium hydroxide, to literally dissolve hair follicles. In case the seriousness of dissolving some form of body tissue doesn’t sink in, hair and skin aren’t that different in their composition.  In other words, there’s a good chance your skin will be affected when a chemical that dissolves hair is applied to it. The following are among the conditions you could suffer from chemical hair removers.

Dermatitis

The chemicals used to dissolve hair are linked to a condition call Contact Dermatitis, which is “like a second-degree burn” according to Gervaise Gerstner, MD, a New York City dermatologist.

Acute Sunburn

Third-degree burns have been reported by some who have it the beach after using a chemical hair remover.

This is not to say that you will suffer any adverse effects if you use chemical hair removal, but why risk it?