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3 side effects of using hair removal creams you should probably know about

Updated on:10 August 2020, 17:10pm IST
Hair removal creams are THE most painless way of getting rid of body hair. But that doesn’t mean using them comes without a cost.
Shreya Gupta
They get the job done but at the cost of your skin. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Though parlours are reopening, it is not advisable to visit them for your waxing session given that coronavirus cases are still on the rise. One can’t, however, deny that it is getting a little frustrating because we still haven’t figured out a convenient way of removing that body hair.

Just because we’re sitting at home doesn’t mean we don’t want to look neat, right?

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So, how do you get smooth hairless skin without visiting beauty parlours?
Now, there are various ways you can remove body hair at home. Razors, hair removal creams, or waxing can be your options. While shaving is the easiest way to get rid of unwanted hair, your hair grows back very quickly and there’s the added risk of ingrown hair. Waxing at home, on the other hand, needs some level of expertise for it to become a regular way to get rid of all that hair.

No wonder, then, that many prefer opting for hair removal creams. They’re easy and painless. But, are they safe? Turns out, they can have certain effects on the skin that you might want to know about before you opt for them.

Here are three effects on hair removal creams on the skin you should probably take into account:

1. Hair removal creams work by dissolving your body hair with chemicals
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. It can cause 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.

3. You can also get 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.

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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Shreya Gupta Shreya Gupta

Finding nirvana in good food, Shreya also loves reading books and is a die-hard Potterhead. Confident and motivated she's fun to be with. Plus food. Always.