Depilatory Creams

A chemical depilatory is used to remove hair from the face and body. Common active ingredients are derivatives of thioglycolic acid and thiolactic acids. These compounds breaks the disulfide bonds in keratin and weakens the hair so that it is easily scraped off where it emerges from the hair follicle.

Depilatory Creams Overview - Everything You Need to Know

The Skinny

Depilatory Creams
avg. recovery
0 days
$3 - $15

About the Procedure

Last Updated: 07.27.2021

Depilatory creams are a form of temporary hair removal. Like waxing and threading, depilatory creams can provide longer lasting results as opposed to tweezing or shaving. While typically available as a cream product, depilatories are also available as lotions, gels, and aerosols. Before using a depilatory cream, be sure to perform an allergy test in a small, discreet area. The chemicals within the product that are used to break down the hair structure can also irritate the skin and cause skin reactions such as redness, itching, and bumps. The skin should be cleansed, the product applied, and left on for the suggested amount of time. Once the allotted time has elapsed, the product is rubbed away along with unwanted hairs. Wear loose fitting clothing and do not scratch the treated area afterwards for best results.

The goal of a depilatory cream is to remove unwanted facial and body hair.


Depilatory Creams addresses concerns such as:

Recovery Notes

No recovery needed.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for depilatory creams has unwanted hair on the face and body.

Not Recommended For

Depilatory creams are not recommended for those with irritated, sunburned, inflamed or broken skin.

Side Effects

Side effects from depilatory creams may include dryness, itching, rash, and skin sensitivity.


  • lasts longer than shaving
  • no pain


  • can cause skin irritations
  • harsh chemicals

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