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Hair Removal for Sensitive skin

Avoid pain - this is what people with sensitive skin aim to do. For people with sensitive skin reactions to fluctuating water temperatures, sun and chemicals can result in rashes and irritation which can last for days. Thought life was hard with sensitive skin, then think about hair removal and life gets a little more difficult.

Waxing and Epilation – a simple advice stay away from these at all cost. Do not consider plucking out hair by the root at any case. Otherwise this can lead to the activation of pain receptors which can cause pain lasting for very long period.

Hair Removal Creams – Very strong chemicals are used to dissolve the proteins in the hair. The chemicals are generally acidic and can lead to chemical burns and rashes. These can lasts as long as the skin pores are clogged with the lotion. Aloe-vera and moisturisers are added in some of the depilatory creams for highly sensitive skins. It is strongly advised that people should sample the creams on a small part of their body and only if there is no adverse reaction, use it on larger areas. Also avoid using the creams frequently since it can lead in increase of sensitivity of the skin.

Shaving – This is the easiest and least expensive method for hair removal for those with sensitive skin is shaving – but the downside – you need to do it often, very often. In this the blade used can irritate the skin by scraping and causing abrasions that are prone to fungal and bacterial infections. Also the multi-blade razors are designed to trim the hairs below the surface of skin after lifting the hairs. This can result in uneven ingrown hairs which can further lead to irritation.

Laser hair treatment – It is an option without any persistent irritation afterwards but can involve some discomfort during the procedure. The treatment top permanent home hair removal systems  involves zapping of hair follicles by the laser light and the pain receptors will detect the sensation of heat and can get activated. When done at clinic, a tropical anaesthetic can be prescribed by the supervising doctor to dull the pain. The pain will generally subside once the cells in the hair follicles are deadened. Also the pain is gone as the hair drops out a few days later. The intensity of the laser used for hair removal can be adjusted which will lead to less pain but will increase the exposure. The best combination of pain versus effective treatment can be determined working with an experienced clinician yourself. Also keep in mind that hair removal using laser cannot be applied on red, grey or blonde hair.

Electrolysis for Hair removal – this method is best suited for hair removal for non-sensitive skin or mildly sensitive skins. In this method a thin needle is inserted right into the hair follicle. What happens is the moment needle is inserted the pain receptors present around the follicle can get activated. Now since the process is done on one follicle at a time, the pain can be a bit tolerable as compared to waxing.