What is a depilatory?

Depilatory is a chemical that removes hair by dissolving the hair at the skin’s surface. Most depilatories use calcium thioglycolate, which helps to dissolve the protein structure of the hair. This allows the hair to be easily scraped or wiped of at the base of the hair follicle.

It’s important to follow the directions of any depilatory. You may want to do a test on a small area first to see if you have any allergic reactions. Be sure to use the depilatories only in the area it is intended for, since the chemical mixture has been mixed for that specific area. For example, some depilatories are made for legs and would be to harsh for a users bikini line area.

Depilatories are available in gel, cream, lotion, aerosol, and roll-on forms.

Some of the Advantages of using a Depilatory:
1) Inexpensive
2) Works fast
3) Most times it’s painless
4) Can be done anywhere
5) Sold over the counter and available at most stores

Some of the Disadvantages of using a Depilatory:
1) Hair removal short, since hair regrowth usually happens in 2-5 days.
2) If you have dark hair, hair under the skin could be visible.
3) Depilatory cream, gel, lotion, might be smelly and messy when applying
4) My cause skin irritation, chemical burns or an allergic reaction.

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