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Unwanted Hair: What Are Your Options?

July 18, 2016

 

While it is only about 1/10th of a millimeter thick, the epidermis is made of 40 to 50 rows of stacked cells called squamous cells or keratinocytes, according to the Cleveland Clinic. This troublesome layer of skin can cause some people a lot of grief. Skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, and rosacea cause millions of people every year to seek help from dermatologists.

Skin is also home to another -- oftentimes frustrating, phenomenon -- unwanted hair. Hair growth can start suddenly in very undesirable locations, and continue unless checked. There are many products to combat the encroaching unwanted hairs, including depilatory creams, epilators and razors. Let's look at a few of the methods that require the services of a professional, but that also offer great results.

Waxing 
Waxing is very popular because it is cost-effective, leaves skin feeling silky smooth, and leaves skin hair-free for the longest period of time. Disadvantages include pain, redness, and sometimes skin irritation at the site of the hair removal. And, the hair that grows back after waxing tends to be much less thick and stubbly, at least in appearance.

Threading
One of the main benefits of threading is that no chemicals are used at all, making it completely safe for people with dry skin or sensitive skin. It is also touted for being less painful and more accurate, especially on places like the face and eyebrows. Again, this is very much a temporary method.

 

Electrolysis

Electrolysis is a method of removing individual hairs from the face or body and involves the use of electrical or heat energy to destroy the hair at its growth center. An experienced electrolysist will treat each hair follicle with a tiny current. Most clients have treatments done weekly or every other week until the desired result is achieved. This may take several sessions and varies from client to client.


Laser Hair Removal
Nearly one million laser hair removal treatments were performed in the U.S. last year, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Laser hair removal has become extremely popular and is one of the most effective method of long-term hair removal. Most patients have excellent after an average of three to eight sessions of laser hair removal. Laser hair removal used to be quite expensive but has become more and more affordable in the last few years. One of the benefits of laser hair removal is that several hairs are treated at one time with each pulse of the laser so the procedure is fairly quick. Most offices will ask patients to apply a topical anesthetic cream (numbing cream) prior to the procedure as well to help with comfort. The sessions are repeated every 6 to 8 weeks most often.

If removing hair from your face or body makes you feel more confident, then these are some good methods to try. You may find that a combination of methods -- for example, having your eyebrows waxed, but shaving your legs -- is the best of all worlds.

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