- A depilatory is a
cosmetic used for the temporary removal of unwanted hair.
- Depilatory agents can
be creams, lotions, or sprays. Lotions are better used for larger
areas of the body such as the legs, underarms, or bikini area.
Creams can be applied to specific areas better because they are
thicker; this is why cream depilatories are generally considered to
be ideal for removing unwanted hair on the face. Sprays are the
newest type of depilatory and are often thought to be easier for
novices to apply.
- A depilatory is
generally applied and left on for between five and 15 minutes.
- The hair removal
process used by this type of product acts as a type of exfoliant,
removing the dead skin cells that build up every day and make your
skin feel rough.
- Removing hair from the
operative site is a time-honoured preoperative exercise.
- Thioglycolic acid,
sodium thioglycolate, and calcium thioglycolate are reportedly used
as depilatories in addition to use in hair-waving preparations.
- Thioglycolic acid
functions as an antioxidant, depilating agent, hair
waving/straightening agent, and reducing agent.
- Introduction of a
pre-treatment barrier prior to use of a chemical depilatory for
female hair removal may provide the benefits of improved skin
compatibility with reduction of visible signs of redness.
- Depilatory services
can be better described in Brazil as a ritual rather than a cosmetic
treatment. The importance of depilatory services in Brazil is in a
certain way responsible for mastering in techniques, such as the
Brazilian Wax, known worldwide.
- Depilatory creams may
cause skin reactions in some individuals, which could result in
cancellation of surgery. Alternatives to hair removal for head and
neck surgery are braiding the hair or using a nonflammable gel to
keep the hair away from the incision.
- Depilatories may be
used for hair removal if skin testing has been performed without
- The use of
depilatories does increase the risk of hypersensitivity reactions.
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