Hair removal for sensitive skin

1. What can we do to prevent ingrown hairs (around the bikini
area, legs, face, underarms, crease of neck)? 

It’s best to shave when your skin is adequately hydrated- towards the end of a shower, not necessarily the beginning. 
Try to make sure the water temperature is not too hot to avoid the skin swelling around the hair follicle as your shave will not be as close as you like. 
If you tend to get recurrent ingrown hairs or inflamed it follicles, try out these steps:
  • Wash with an antibacterial soap to reduce bacteria  around and in our hair follicles 
  • Change your razors routinely to avoid bacteria from building up on the blade that can spread bacteria into small nicks or cuts in your skin
  • Consider using an antibacterial topical after shaving to reduce residual bacteria left on the skin after hair removal
If persistent consider a trip to your dermatologist as a course of oral antibiotics and a prescription topical antibiotic may be your key to clearing your skin!

2. What are the safest and most effective ways to help ingrown hairs and soothe irritation or shaving related rashes ? 

 

To eliminate ingrown hairs and soothe the skin, understanding the cause of these issues is important.  Ingrown hairs are often the result of infected or inflamed hair follicles.  To reduce this tendency, taking steps to avoid excess irritation to reduce swelling and inflammation in the skin as well as possibly using an antibacterial lotion, gel or cream after shaving can help.  Using aloe vera or other emollients can also serve to soothe the skin post shave.

3. Which methods of hair removal are suitable for women with sensitive skin? What can they do
differently to prevent soreness, burning, and irritation? 

 

Truly any method of hair removal can be suitable if the right precautions are taken to soothe and protect the skin.  However, threading or plucking tend to be ideal for the simple reason that these two methods do not impact the skin directly the way other hair removal methods do.  Most hair removal methods such as shaving, depilatory creams and waxing irritate or inflame the skin in the process fo hair removal. 

4. What are the most effective and painless ways for women to
remove facial hair?

Most effective and painless may not go together when it comes to removal of facial hair.  Depilatory creams may be both effective and painless, however there is a significant risk of skin irritation from depilatory creams left on too long in this with sensitive skin.  Shaving is effective and painless, however, the hair may return faster with this method relative to other options.  Waxing, plucking and threading involve pulling the hair from the root.  These are likely the most effective but also the most painful!

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