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.
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About the Procedure
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.
What to Expect
Chemical depilatories are used to remove hair from the face and body. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after treatment with depilatory creams.
- Patch test the product 24 hours in advance to check for allergies
- Hair must be at least 1/4 inch
- Exfoliate the treatment area for best results
- Cleanse the skin
- Apply product in areas with unwanted hair
- Product should be left on the skin for instructed amount of time
- Wipe away product and hairs
- Cleanse the skin once more
No recovery needed.
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 from depilatory creams may include dryness, itching, rash, and skin sensitivity.