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Depilatories need to be used with caution. They contain strong chemicals which can affect the skin adversely. Follow the guidelines below to minimize the risk of discomfort and skin reaction.
Hair that is dark and coarse appears to be more resistant to a chemical depilatory than hair that is light and fine.
A depilatory is best used after a warm bath or shower when the hair is softer and the pores of the skin are open.
Never use a depilatory where there are wounds on the skin such as cuts or abrasions or on skin sensitive from sunburn.
Apply the depilatory in a generous, smooth thick layer. Do not rub it in.
Always test a small area of skin first. A small patch on the inner arm below the elbow is a good place. Keep the application on the skin for the time recommended in the instructions and remove. Wait 24 hours. If there are no signs of irritation or allergic reaction such as redness or broken skin then proceed over a larger area.
Follow the timing instructions very closely by setting a timer and removing the chemical immediately the timer signal goes off. Do not exceed the time recommended to avoid burning or damaging the skin.
If the skin becomes itchy or irritated discontinue use of the depilatory and apply a soothing gel such as Aloe Vera or an anti-inflammatory skin cream.
To minimize irritation, try not to exfoliate (through scrubbing, or using a mask or cleansing agent) beforehand and be sure to follow up with a thorough rinsing and moisture-rich cream.
After using a depilatory, apply sunscreen to areas that will be exposed to the sun.
To avoid damaging underlying layers of skin, some recommend not using a depilatory more than every 28 days. Generally, a new outer layer of skin is formed every 28 days.
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