Cosmetic Procedures and Hair Removal
You've got it, you know you don't want it, and it can appear anywhere.
Unwanted hair is common on the upper lip, the chin, cheeks, back, legs, fingers, feet, or toes. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, certain medications such as hormones or steroids, or even medical abnormalities, such as higher androgen (male hormone) levels or conditions of the endocrine system, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Have you already tried plucking? Most people can get used to this painful method, but it won't work effectively on large areas covered with unwanted hair. There are several hair removal strategies, but be warned: None is 100% permanent.
Hair Removal Strategies
There are several ways to remove your unwanted hair, including over-the-counter methods and those administered under a doctor's care. With most of these methods, the hair eventually grows back.
Shaving Unwanted Hair
Your hair growth rate will determine how often you have to shave the affected region. Shaving is best for legs, arms, or facial hair. However, this hair removal method can cause ingrown hairs, especially in the pubic region.
Plucking Unwanted Hair
Plucking is the most painful method of hair removal, but may be the most worthwhile when there are just a few hairs you want to remove. Examples include reshaping your eyebrows or pulling out those few stray hairs that may appear on your face, especially for a woman. You should not use this hair removal method for large areas because it can cause ingrown hairs or
Hair removal creams, also known as depilatory creams, can be purchased over-the-counter. It's important to be cautious when using these creams and to remember all creams are not the same. For instance, a hair removal cream designated for pubic hair should not be used to remove facial hair. The chemicals in these products dissolve the hair shaft and if used improperly can cause superficial skin burns. If you have a history of allergic reactions, you should first just try a tiny bit of the cream on a small area to make certain that you don't get a reaction to the depilatory cream. Be sure to follow the directions on the cream as leaving the cream on the skin for too long may cause a burn.
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