Some women might decide to visit a beauty salon with waxing or tweezing services in their mission to remove unwanted body hair, according to the Mayo Clinic. Others might try more permanent forms of hair removal such as electrolysis or laser hair removal. But busy moms, especially those worried about time and budget constraints, might try to use at-home treatments to remove unwanted hair from almost any part of the body ranging from the eyebrows to the pubic region.
You can use several at-home treatments to try to combat that unwanted body hair, according to the Mayo Clinic. Depilatory creams break up the hair’s protein structure and enable you to wash it away in the privacy of your bathtub or shower. Cream bleaching kits can be used to lighten the pigment of your hair color; this method might prove especially helpful for dark facial hair. Razors, shaving cream and at-home wax kits are also possibilities, depending upon the amount of hair you want to remove.
Some types of at-home hair removal options, like depilatories, should not be used on sensitive areas like inside the genitals, around the eyes or near the nipples. Also, any type of tweezing, waxing or shaving can cause ingrown hairs, notes the Mayo Clinic. Ingrown hairs can become infected and in such instances would require a doctor’s care.
Reducing At-Home Treatment Risks
While ladies and men alike can’t necessarily prevent ingrown hairs, anyone trying at-home hair removal can reduce their risks by not pulling the skin while removing hair, according to the Mayo Clinic. Moms can also reduce their potential for cuts, unsightly bumps or painful blisters by using new razors and lubricating shaving gel, especially when it comes to pubic hair removal, notes the Palo Alto Medical Foundation.
Once you start removing hair by shaving, you need to shave often in order to keep the effect up, according to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. The exact time frame depends upon your genetics as well as the area treated; some women who shave their pubic hair off must maintain the area every day. Depilatory creams and waxes should be used according to the instructions; usually women with thicker body hair must have some type of treatment applied about once every four weeks.
If your efforts at at-home hair removal fail or cause too much unwanted drama, you might consider visiting a beauty salon or even a doctor, according to the Mayo Clinic. Electrolysis and laser hair removal can more permanently remove hair. Also, sometimes too much body hair growth can be treated with prescription medications and topical creams.
- razor and gel image by Karin Lau from Fotolia.com