Are hair removal creams safe for the pubic area? - Our expert answers this one for you

Hair removal in the pubic area is to be done after much thought and care. Hair removal creams are an easy resort but there are some things you shouldn't overlook.

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Hair removal creams do sound relieving and spare you from the pain that usually comes with waxing or threading. Such creams also save you a trip to the salon and are not as time consuming. However, when you are using such creams in sensitive areas, there is much more that you need to be aware of. We get all the insight from dermatologist Dr Shefali Trasi:

So are hair removal creams safe for pubic hair?

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No, hair removal creams are not safe as there are chances of irritation, skin allergies and pigmentation around that area. However, people prefer them as they are easy and painless for hair removal. If you are looking at bikini waxing, here are some tips to make it less painful.

What should we take care of, during application?

Firstly, you must be clear about the area you want to use the hair removal cream, and then accordingly select one. For the pubic area, there is a different cream and for hands and legs there are other options. To prep - clean the area with water or take a bath before applying the hair removal cream. Always take a patch test before application to check whether the cream is giving any allergy or any side effect on the skin.

Are these safe to use around the pubic area?

Pubic area is very sensitive, therefore there are chances of darkening and allergies.

What are the possible skin reactions?

Allergy irritants contract dermatitis, infections, boils and pigmentation. These are common side effects.

Any ingredients to watch out?

Kindly check for the fragrances added in the cream and know if you are allergic to any one of them. Also, check for the preservatives used and check if you are prone to any allergies. Find out the best options for hair removal.

These answers sum up that while it is preferable to skip hair removal creams for such an area, you shouldn't overlook consulting your skin specialist even if you are keen on opting for such a hair removal method. Also, avoid the mistake of using your body hair removal cream on the pubic area. Doing this, is likely to cause unwanted skin reactions and allergies. It is best advisable to see a dermatologist who can best decide which cream for hair removal is good for you. Also, know how to treat ingrown hair, here.

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