Sensitive Skin & Hair Removal

April 4, 2011 in Hair Removal 101,Waxing

Anyone with sensitive skin knows how painful it can be to remove the unwanted hairs on the face and body. In addition to the pain, sensitive skin will often remain red and react with breakouts for hours or even days after the hair removal treatment. Taking it slow and being gentle when removing hair on this type of skin can sometimes ease the discomfort and minimize side effects, but someone who is experiencing too much pain or constant skin irritation will want to explore other options. Removing hair on sensitive skin may never be easy or completely pain free but there are a few methods that can offer efficient hair removal with minimal discomfort.

One of the easiest and cheapest ways to remove unwanted hair, shaving, can also be one of the most irritating for the skin. Shaving can easily cause skin irritation along with cuts, nicks and bleeding. In order to minimize the type of irritation that occurs during a shaving, a high quality razor along with some type of shaving cream should be used. Slow and gentle movements are also recommended. Individuals who have tried shaving and found it too irritating for their skins, should definitely look into alternative hair removal options.

Waxing has a clear advantage in that it can lead to smooth and hair free skin for several weeks. But at the same time, waxing can also be very painful and cause severe skin irritation, because it pulls not only on the hair but also on the skin. Those with sensitive skin will often find that their skin is red and extra sensitive after a hair removal waxing session. Breakouts and bumps that resemble small pimples are very common, and in addition, inflammation and bruises can also result from waxing. An individual with sensitive skin can apply powder or oil, depending on which type of wax is being used, as these will protect the skin and make the wax stick more to the hair. Applying an aloe based gel or ice to the skin afterwards can also help to reduce any irritation.

Individuals with sensitive skin are often tired of having to constantly deal with the unpleasant side effects as a result of removing their unwanted hair, so looking into a hair removal method that offers long term reduction can be a good idea. Laser hair removal, IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) and electrolysis are currently the only hair removal options that can make the client stay hair free for a longer period of time. Electrolysis is even recognized as permanent. The key to success with these methods is seeking out a clinic with skilled and experienced practitioners. Many clinics offer test patches free of charge so this would be a good opportunity to see if the skin can handle the treatment. Someone with sensitive skin should make sure the practitioner is aware of this so they can take the appropriate steps to make sure the client stays safe and comfortable.

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