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Face and Body Hair Removal: Top 8 Techniques and Tips

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There are various ways in which we can remove our body and facial hair, it totally depends on the way our is. There are a lot of different procedures starting from the very common shaving and waxing to procedures like laser and epilation. Let’s thoroughly discuss about each and every technique, its pros and cons, which is going to help you find out what procedure will suit you the most.


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Shaving is very good for your face, along with hair removal, it also helps remove the top layer of dead skin cells. Follow these steps, use a new sharp blade. For more sterilization, dip the blade in hot water before shaving. Apply a foaming soap or pre shaving gel and start shaving your face in the direction of hair growth. This will prevent ingrown facial hairs. Don’t dry shave as you can end up with razor bumps. After shaving apply a soothing gel or aloe vera gel on your face.

The only advantage of shaving is removing that extra layer of dead skin cells sitting on top of your skin and it’s going to be a painless process. The disadvantage of this is especially ingrown hairs, which is caused when you shave opposite to the direction of hair growth, and this can also lead to post shaving bumps. Hair grows very faster, and your skin tends to feel rough within 2 to 3 days post shaving.


waxing is a safe and effective way in removing hair and hair doesn’t regrow faster. but, there’s lots of precaution to take before waxing your skin,

-> Do not wax Sunburnt or very sensitive skin or if you have had chemical peel

-> Do not wax loose skin

-> Avoid using retinol cream, peeling solutions or any other exfoliating serums/creams at least a week before waxing

-> Always wash and make sure the area to be waxed is free from dust and dirt

-> Use clean and disposable cellophane strips for waxing

-> Don’t use a wax which is stored more than a month

-> Post waxing make sure to wash the area with luke warm water and apply a good moisturizer

The disadvantage of waxing is ingrown hairs and rashes, which is caused due to the pulling of hair follicles. If this happens frequently, avoid waxing since your hair follicles may be prone to infections and you should take or apply antibiotics. Once rash settles, go for a glycolic acid cream to get rid of rash marks, if any.

Hair Removal Creams

Most hair removal Creams are formulated safe on skin when kept for 3 to 10 minutes. This way of hair removal is a pain-free process, and it targets directly on the roots of hair follicle, slowly degrading it within minutes. Make sure you keep your hair removal cream not more than 10 minutes on your skin, because this leads to cellular damage on the top layer of your skin and may even worsen up to permanent hyperpigmentation.

Make sure to patch test your cream, that is apply a small quantity of cream behind your ears and leave it for 3 to 10 minutes and wipe it off, if there is any redness or irritation, do not use that cream. Only use it if you feel comfortable in that area. If you have burning sensation after applying the cream, wash it off immediately and apply lots of ice.

Do not use these creams on sunburnt, irritated or damaged skin or if you had chemical peel recently. Stop using retinols and exfoliants atleast a week before using these creams.

Threading and Plucking

Threading, as we all know is a ancient hair removal technique usually done in smaller areas like eyebrows and upper lips. This may cause severe problem if the same thread is used, viral warts and molluscum can spread from person to person in this case so make sure the thread you use is clean and a new one.

It’s even better if we restriction threading to eyebrows and upper lips. Plucking on the other hand is more slower process of taking out hair from roots hence can cause far more friction than threading, which may lead to post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. So, it’s better advised not to pluck hairs from any part of your face.


As far, laser is the best pain-free and easy procedure you can do for permanent hair reduction. Laser light targets the melanin pigment in hair follicle and shaft while the surrounding skin appendages are spared. Lasers have their inbuilt cooling devices. Sessions lasts from eight to ten based on the thickness and density of hair. In case of hormonal imbalances, one may need more sessions to get best cure. Laser hair reduction is the fastest way of removing ingrown hairs.

Avoid wax, epilation, threading, retinol, exfoliants and bleach atleast a month before laser. There are only simple side effects like redness and swelling just after the treatment wich can be made normal with icing. It is adviced by Dermatologists, not to move out in direct sun atleast for 48 hours. Remember, this should be done only by qualified professionals.


Epilation is effective yet simple procedure done for temporary removal of hair. A device called epilator, has sets of tweezers in a roller which when rotated removes hair from the root. This is especially done to remove smaller hairs and the hair does not grow back fast since its removed from roots.

Small irritation and redness can appear and will disappear within few hours. Epilation should only be done by qualified professionals.


Dermaplaning is done to get rid of extremely fine hair called peach fuzz. This is a kind of shaving in which dermatologists, a tool is used in removing fine hairs. It also removes dead skin and leaves a soft smooth skin.

It should not be done on active acne and on infections. Little redness and soreness may appear but will disappear on its own. Moisturizer should be applied post dermaplanning and it again should only be done by qualified professionals.

Bleach and Laser Bleach

Bleaching is basically temporarily damaging melanin pigment with the use of hydrogen peroxide on hair follicle and making it look lighter. It’s not a method of hair removal but it is done to make hair less visible. Sometimes it can cause burns, so it is mandatory to do a patch test before bleaching.

Post bleaching, wearing sunscreen is a must and one should not step out in the sun for at least 48 hours.

For those who are allergic to bleach creams, laser bleach is done by qualified experts using lasers targeting melanin, thereby bleaching hair without the use of any chemicals. As previously said, one should not step out on sun for 48 hours and should wear sunscreen post laser bleach.

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