Hair removal treatments are the methods that are used to remove hair from different parts of human body, these parts commonly include abdomen, armpits, back, chest, eyebrows, face, legs, head and pubic area. A wide range of hair removing products and hair removing treatments are available in the market. Hair Removal treatments can be divided into six major classes Temporary, Permanent, Hair Growth Inhibitors, Experimental or Banned Treatments, Doubtful Methods.
Temporary Hair Removal Treatments
Temporary hair removal treatments include both depilation and epilation treatments of hair removal. Depilation is the removal of hair by shaving or trimming with manual or electric shavers. Creams or shaving powders are also used as depilatory methods; they chemically dissolve the hair leaving the skin smooth. Friction with rough surfaces is another temporary method to removes away hair. While epilating treatment provide more lasting results. In epilation treatment entire hair is removed from the root. Epilation treatment can be done in different ways. Some of them are as follows
Hair are plucked away with tweezers.
Layers of hot or cold wax are applied over the hairs that are to be removed and then removed with the cotton cloth strip.
It is very similar to waxing. A sticky paste is used in place of wax and it is also removed in the same way as wax is removed.
It is also the plucking of hair with the help of twisted threads. This method is normally used for shaping eyebrows and removing facial hairs.
Epilators are the mechanical tweezers that are fixed in row. This device grabs the hairs and pulls them out very rapidly.
Ingrown hair treatments
Ingrown hair are usually formed due to epilation, waxing, threading and plucking. Ingrown hairs grow when the hair is broken off beneath the skin, and start growing inside the skin. They appear as small red swelling on the skin and cause irritation and rash. Small sterile needles are used to takeout hairs and salicylic acid solutions are also used as treatment to solve this problem. Salicylic acid solutions act as exfoliant to treat these ingrown follicles.
Permanent Hair Removal Treatments
Permanent hair removal treatments provide long lasting results. Permanent hair removal includes various options to remove hairs. These options utilize different chemicals and various types of energy or the combination of these two to work on target areas and inhibit hair growth. During the treatment care must be taken to avoid damage of surrounding tissues. These treatments include Laser hair removal, Electrolysis and Flash lamp light treatment.
Laser Hair Removal Treatment
It is the permanent hair removal process. Laser target the hair follicles and destroy them without damaging the skin. It is considered as safe treatment if it is done by qualified practitioner. It is useful for large areas such as back and legs. This treatment is most suitable for the people with fair complexion having dark hair, laser targets pigmented hair follicles. It may be painful and expensive treatment.
Hair Growth Inhibitor Treatments
Hair growth inhibitor treatment is the process in which doctors prescribe medicines for oral and super facial use. An enzyme drug Epiladerm-Complex is prescribed. It inhibits the new hair cell growth. Hair growth reduces and finally stops. This drug is suggested to use till hair growth completely stops. Another enzyme based drug is available to inhibit hair growth is Vaniga; its active component is Eflornithine hydrochloride (inhibitor of enzyme ornithine decarboxylase)
Experimental or Banned Hair Removal Treatments
These treatments include the procedures that are injurious for health. They can cause health problems, leaver the skin blemished and even cause death. X-ray hair removal is one of such like hair removal treatment. Photodynamic therapy is also one of the dangerous hair removal treatments. Basically it is the medical technology that was initially used to treat cancers and now it is being used as a hair removal treatment. Its key components are photo sensitizer, light and tissue oxygen.
Doubtful treatments are the ones that have been in practice but are not clinically proven for efficiency and effectiveness. Such methods include:
o Electric tweezers
o Transdermal electrolysis
o Transcutaneous hair removal
o Foods and dietary supplements
o Nonprescription topical preparations (hair growth inhibitors)