4 hair removal spray side effects you should probably know about

Hair removal spray side effects range from allergies to darkening of skin. Read on to know everything to be careful about.
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They get the job done but at the cost of your skin. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Shreya Gupta Updated: 13 Dec 2023, 15:49 pm IST
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If you are also someone who hates going to the parlour for hair removal, and are often looking for quick and easy solutions at home, then this one’s for you.

We generally resort to hair removal hair and sprays to helps us get things done. However, if you are wondering is hair removal creams and sprays are safe, there is a lot that you can learn here! The side effects of hair removal sprays are numerous. You ought to know these you opt for them.

4 hair removal spray side effects 

1. Skin rashes and sensitive skin

One of the biggest disadvantages of hair removal creams are that the way they work. When the chemicals sit on your hair, it attacks and breaks the hair. Chemicals like calcium hydroxide and potassium hydroxide present in the hair removal creams also irritate or darken the skin. Those who have sensitive skin may experience unpleasant sensations for a very long time and could end up developing a rash.

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Skin cream can make your skin itchy. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

2. Allergic reactions and skin damage

Your skin’s pH level is mildly acidic and the pH level of these creams can affect your skin negatively which can lead to damage. The damage might be more noticeable for people with sensitive skin. Hence, you should do a patch test before applying it on a large portion of the skin. This study, published in Journal of the American Association for laboratory Animal Science, found that hair removal creams, when left even as a residue, can cause skin damage.

3. Chemical burns

While breaking down the hair, the cream can also eventually break down your skin if you leave it on for too long which might result in first or second-degree chemical burns. And if you are wondering does hair removal darken skin, the answer is yes! Chemicals such as calcium hydroxide, potassium hydroxide and thioglycolic acid, that are present can lead to skin becoming dark

4. Can increase hair growth

Yes, you might be removing your hair today, but you can end up with a thicker growth. This study, published in The Korean Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, suggests that hair removal creams actually cause an increase in the number of hair follicles.

What are the side effects of using hair removal cream on pubic area?

Hair removal cream should not be applied on public hair. These can cause irritation, pigmentation as well as skin allergies. So yes, you might have to visit the parlour for a bikini wax.

Hair removal cream is undoubtedly one of the most popular methods of getting rid of your body hair but it is also laden with chemicals that can damage your skin. So, please make a fair judgement for the sake of your skin.

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