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The Battle To Be Bare

By: Louis Silberman
Posted: January 30, 2012, from the February 2012 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Pros. It provides long-lasting results, and effectively removes large amounts of hair at one time. It can be used on all skin types, and repeated waxing can lead to softer re-growth.

Cons. It is painful, and may burn skin and disturb hair follicles. Also, hair must be a certain length in order for waxing to be successful.

Chemical depilatories

Chemical depilatories are often used at home. These mixtures contain chemicals that weaken the hairs on the skin’s surface to the point where they can be wiped away with a cloth or sponge. The process usually takes between 5–10 minutes to complete. Depilatories are available in creams, gels, aerosols and powders. They are most commonly used on the legs, bikini area, underarms and face. Typical results can last up to a week.

Pros. Depilatories are easy to use, and provide longer-lasting results than shaving.

Cons. The chemicals used can irritate skin, and they emit odor.

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