Everything You Need to Know About Hair Removal Cream

Everything You Need to Know About Hair Removal Cream

Hair removal creams, also referred to as depilatories, are applied directly to the skin and function by essentially dissolving any existing hair. Yes, you simply apply it, wait a little, and then wipe away to achieve a hair-free finish.

Hair removal creams are completely painless (though they do smell a little), and you can use them repeatedly to keep your skin smooth. This is in contrast to waxing or sugaring. They also cost a lot less than laser hair removal procedures. Scroll ahead to learn everything there is to know about hair removal creams.

How Does Hair Removal Cream Work?

A chemical, usually thioglycolic acid, calcium thioglycolate, or potassium thioglycolate, is present in hair removal creams, lotions, and gels and breaks down the protein called keratin.

When the product is removed, the hair is transformed into a jelly-like consistency and swept away. The breakdown of the protein releases hydrogen sulfide. That's the reason hair removal creams have that unavoidably unpleasant yet sweet smell.

How to Use Hair Removal Cream?

Although hair removal cream is generally safe, it's crucial to follow instructions precisely. In order to ensure that there are no negative reactions, we also advise performing a patch test and waiting 24 hours—especially if you have sensitive skin. Having said that, this is how hair removal cream is used.

Step 1: Wash Up

Wash your hands and the area where the product will be applied. Dry completely. 

Step 2: Apply the Cream

“Apply generously and evenly to the area with a downward ‘tapping’ motion rather than rubbing the cream into the skin,” says Gadberry. “Make sure the hair is completely covered.” 

Step 3: Wait 

Follow label instructions for how long you should wait, which can range anywhere from three to 10 minutes. Try to remain still. “Moving around can cause the product to move, drip or fall off your skin, especially if you’re using it on your legs, underarms and pubic region,” Gadberry says. She adds that it’s normal to feel light tingling or itching while it works, but if you experience any pain or burning, remove it immediately with water. 

Step 4: Remove the Lotion

Gently, but firmly, rub the cream from your skin. “As you do so, the friction will also remove the hair, so don’t just rinse the product off,” notes Gadberry. “Follow with a gentle facial cleanser or body wash and cool or warm water to remove thoroughly.” avoid hot water, which can cause irritation.

It’s imperative to remove the hair removal cream as soon as the time has elapsed. Because keratin also fills the top layers of cells that form skin’s barrier, if the cream is left on too long, keratin in this area can also be denatured, causing extreme sensitivity, itching, irritation, burns, blisters and peeling. 

Step 5: Dry & Hydrate 

Follow with a soothing barrier repair cream or lotion to hydrate, smooth, and bolster your skin’s barrier. Avoid using any active ingredients, including retinoids and acids. 

How Long Do Hair Removal Cream Results Last? 

Your hair growth rate determines how long hair removal cream lasts. According to Thornton, regrowth rates range from two to five days on average, though this depends on the individual. This takes a little less time than waxing, threading, or plucking (which also involves the removal of the root), but it takes a little longer than shaving.

Considerations When Using Hair Removal Cream

Thornton suggests avoiding these creams if you have sensitive skin or allergies to fragrances. Additionally, be sure to apply the creams only to the areas of the body for which they are meant.

Even though many of the more recent formulations smell better than they did years ago, some people may find the scent bothersome. Think about this before heading outside because the skin will become more susceptible to the sun's rays afterward. You risk getting a chemical burn if the creams are not used according to instructions.

Lastly, there's a chance for uneven outcomes, which could be problematic for larger regions like the legs. You don't want to overuse the product in the same area, so it's best to wait a few days and reapply if this occurs.

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