There are many options available to remove unwanted from the old stand-by, shaving, to the new treatments such as lasers and Vaniqa, are discussed here. Each person should chose a method or combination of methods that works best for them depending on cost, time available, skin type, and the desired free area.
Understanding how hair grows helps understand how to keep it from growing.
Methods of Getting Rid of Unwanted Hair
By using a razor, a person removes the tip of the shaft that has grown out through the skin. You can now get razors that are completely disposable, some with only a disposable blade, and some are electric. Women often shave their underarms, legs, and bikini areas. How Long It Lasts: 1 to 3 days Plucking By using tweezers, a person stretches the skin tightly, grips the close to the root, and then pulls it out.
How Long It Lasts: 3 to 8 weeks
A depilatory is a cream or liquid that removes from the skin's surface. They work by reacting with the protein structure of the , so the dissolves and can be washed or wiped away.
How Long They Last: Several days to 2 weeks
A sticky wax is spread on the area of skin where the unwanted is growing. A cloth strip is then applied over the wax and quickly pulled off, taking the root and dead skin cells with it. The wax can be warmed or may be applied cold. Waxing can be done at a salon or at home.
How Long It Lasts: 3 to 6 weeks
Over a series of several appointments, a professional electrologist inserts a probe into the follicle and sends an electric current through the root, killing it. A small area such as the upper lip may take a total of 4 to 10 hours and a larger area such as the bikini line may take 8 to 16 hours. Even though this process is entirely safe, teenage girls must speak to a qualified dermatologist to understand when it is the right age to pursue this treatment.
How Long It Lasts: Intended to be permanent, but some people have re-growth of hair.
Laser Hair Removal A laser is directed through the skin to the follicle, where it stops growth. It works best on light-skinned people with dark because the melanin (colored pigment) in the absorbs more of the light, making treatment more effective. One must again consult a qualified doctor to understand the right time or age to pursue this treatment.
How Long It Lasts: May be permanent, but people often need to return every 6 months to a year for a touch up.
Prescription Treatments A cream called eflornithine is available by prescription to treat facial growth in women. The cream is applied twice a day until the becomes softer and lighter - more like vellus hair.
With a myriad of treatments and methods one can adopt for long term or short term removal, it is up to you to make an informed decision on the most effective and budget friendly option.