Regardless of which hair removal method you choose, eliminating hair is a traumatic process for any skin type. Blemishes on the skin (especially armpits), ingrown hairs, irritation – the problems are many. Here are seven simple tips for getting rid of them and getting a perfect shave.
Tips for a good hair removal
First of all, here are some basic tips for good hair removal:
- Shave with clean skin to prevent infections.
- Shave after the shower. The steam opens the pores and softens the hair.
- Avoid exposing the skin to seawater and using perfumes for 24 hours after shaving to avoid irritation.
- In areas with irritation, inflammation, injury, warts or varicose veins, never wax or razor.
- Glycolic or retinoic acid treatments should be discontinued one week before waxing as they leave the surface so thin and sensitive that the skin can be peeled off.
- It is not advisable to use deodorant for the first six hours after shaving the armpits.
- Soothe and moisturize the skin afterwards with an alcohol free post-depilatory.
Stains after hair removal
Depending on the type of skin aggression, some spots may appear.
If irritation occurs, melanin production increases and causes the shaving region to darken. Therefore, brighter skins are more likely to have blemishes as they contain more melanin.
All methods harm the skin, but the level of aggression varies greatly. Using the blade in the direction of hair growth is one of the least traumatic, although the result is short lived. Hot wax is the most aggressive as it traumatizes the skin with heat and pull. The permanent hair removal is very safe, does not cause trauma or stains.
To prevent blemishes, talk to your dermatologist about manipulating depilatory creams so that they are made with anti-inflammatory ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide. This does not completely prevent stains from appearing, but greatly decreases the chance.
How to treat stains left by hair removal?
The treatment is done with whitening creams, usually based on kojic acid and hydroquinone, with concentrations that vary depending on skin type and blemish. In older brands, one way out is chemical peeling, associated with laser and pulsed light applications. The method chosen and the number of sessions vary depending on the location, skin and darkening.
How to prevent underarm darkening?
Considered one of the great villains of female beauty, the darkening of the armpits has several causes: hormonal changes, friction, excessive sweating, obesity, deodorant irritation, synthetic tissues and some forms of hair removal. In addition, dark-skinned women are more likely to change skin pigmentation.
Some of these causes can only be prevented through medical treatments. For others, some changes of habit are enough: avoid aggressive depilatory methods, the use of synthetic fabrics and alcohol deodorants.
If you have already noticed the appearance of pigmentation, it is best to go to the dermatologist early on. That's because just using moisturizers or changing deodorant can solve the problem. However, in the most severe cases, it is necessary to use acid-based depigmenting creams produced by manipulation and prescribed only by doctors.
Hair interlocking is one of the greatest female aesthetic dramas. After all, there is no woman who does not want to have smooth skin without balls or black friction. The ideal, according to experts, is to do laser hair removal, but, despite being well known, the price is still very high.
What to do to avoid ingrown hairs?
Granular body scrubs help remove dead cells by thinning the skin. Thus, they facilitate the passage of the hair. But they have to be used constantly, because every time the hair grows they can end up jamming again. There are good products that carry some bactericidal agent in the formula, such as Triclosan. In addition to exfoliating, they combat possible inflammation, which can worsen the condition.
Laser hair removal is one of the best solutions to prevent ingrown hairs. The heat of the laser destroys the hair matrix (where it is born), so it does not grow back as quickly. And the less hair, the less likelihood of ingrown hairs.
If you still can't afford to invest in this treatment, you might want to use a cream that helps clear the hair and use it often. Good active ingredients for this are: urea, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide and retinoic acid. Talk to your dermatologist and ask for a prescription.