Hair Removal: A Quick Guide

May 28th, 2015 | Anti-Fungal, Skin care

Nearly everyone has hair in a place they wish they didn’t, and at some point, you will probably seek out hair removal services. To keep skin healthy, it is important to know the safest ways to remove unwanted hair. It may not be fun, and sometimes it’s painful, but luckily, there are many hair removal options available- so you’re bound to find a technique that works for you.



  • Tools: Razor
  • Area: Anywhere, especially face, legs, and larger areas.
  • Frequency: Good for those who prefer to remove hair daily. Stubble or regrowth is usually evident within 10-48 hours.
  • Hazards: The biggest risk with shaving is the potential to cut yourself- always use a clean razor to avoid infection.


  • Tool: Tweezers, which can be found in many varieties depending on your preference or type of hair.
  • Area: Good for small areas, like the eyebrows.
  • Frequency: Results last a few weeks.
  • Hazards: Minimal

Hot Waxing

  • Tools: Hot wax and strips (some waxes do not require strips)
  • Area: Waxing is popular for removing hair from face and body.
  • Frequency: The area will need to be waxed again within 4-6 weeks.
  • Hazards: Wax may be overheated and cause burns. It is not recommended for people using certain medications, such as Retin- A and isotretinoin.

Depilatory Creams

  • Tools: Cream, applicator, and gloves
  • Area: Small or larger areas, like face, legs and back.
  • Frequency: Most people see regrowth or hair within 2-5 days.
  • Hazards: This type of removal may be pain free, unless your skin has a bad reaction. Negative side effects include rash, redness, and burning sensation. Depilatory creams typically have a strong, foul odor.


  • Tools: Cotton thread.
  • Area: Effective for smaller areas which require precision. Threading is recommended for removing hair from the eyebrows and face, but may be preformed anywhere on the body.
  • Frequency: You will notice regrowth after 4-6 weeks.
  • Hazards: Minimal, as the threader uses a new piece of thread for every client. There is no heat or chemicals involved with threading. This method may be a good alternative for those who have sensitive skin.

Laser Hair Removal

  • Tools: Professional Laser
  • Area: Any part of the body or face
  • Frequency: Several treatments spaced about 4-8 weeks apart are necessary to achieve the best results. Laser treatments are not a permanent fix, but it will dramatically reduce hair growth.
  • Hazards: Redness and swelling can be expected after treatment. In severe cases burns or blistering may also occur. It is important to make sure you receive treatments from a trained and licensed professional to minimize any adverse reaction.


  • Tools: Treatments are conducted by a training professional using an ultra slim needle.
  • Area: Better for smaller areas like around the ears and to diminish unibrow. Larger areas can be done, however it will require lengthy treatment times.
  • Frequency: Every 1-2 weeks for a year or more.
  • Hazards: Minimal, as long as your provider is trained and licensed.

Hair Eliminating Medications

  • In some cases, a hormone imbalance may be to blame for unwanted hair growth. In these circumstances a doctor can prescribe a medicine to correct this imbalance.

All hair removal comes with the possibility of infection, or folliculitis. Removing hair from your body creates tiny openings in your skin where bacteria can enter. Depending on what type of method used for hair removal, use a post treatment antibacterial gel or cream to fend away any harmful bacteria. Terrasil Skin Repair can be used to relieve the symptoms of infection or folliculitis from hair removal procedures.

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