There are several methods that target the removal of body hair that are readily available in the market. These products and services rangers from the primitive depilation methods like shaving and epilation methods like plucking, waxing, threading and sugaring. There are also modern innovations like chemically based depilatories that disintegrate the strong protein bonds that are the main composition of hair. Furthermore, light based procedures like laser and intense pulse light or IPL are the popular modern versions of epilation. With all of these materials and procedures within any consumer’s reach, it is then important to weigh down effectivity and safety. True enough, the basic inquiry is, “Which hair removal process is safe and effective and which one isn’t?”
Perhaps the safest hair removal process is shaving. This method doesn’t tinker with the composition of the hair and of the follicles in the skin. Yet, one must still be careful about the quality of the razor and of the hair softening formula. The sub-standard ones may cause skin injuries and allergies. Other depilatories are chemically based. One must make sure that one’s skin won’t react negatively to the formulation. It’s best to consult one’s dermatologist first before using the products.
Most of the skin health hazards that are related to hair removal are associated with epilatories. This is so because the method doesn’t only take out the hair on the surface level but, tinkers on the hair roots and even the follicles themselves.
Plucking as a hair removal process is dangerous to the skin. Although, it doesn’t cause any fatal or serious damage, it causes the deformation of the skin. It leaves pores open. Furthermore, plucking traumatizes the skin through the pain caused by pulling. Less traumatic methods are waxing and sugaring yet, they still cause the same damages. The good thing about thee processes is the fact that there are counter measures like soothing creams that cancel out skin trauma.
Laser and Intense Pulse Light have to be conducted only be qualified technicians and dermatologists using standard machines. Any malpractice is dangerous to the skin. As a hair removal process, photoepilatories have to be consulted first. This is especially since there are certain considerations in undergoing the procedure. For one, lighter lasers only work with black and brown hairs. Furthermore, post-laser applications that target the cooling of the skin area are also necessary.
Any hair removal process is okay so as long as one is sure that his/ her skin and health’s safety is ensured.