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Veet, Nair, And Other Depilatory Creams: Things You Should Know

Veet, Nair, And Other Depilatory Creams: Things You Should Know

It’s natural for some people to have more body hair than others. However, many individuals, particularly women, don’t like to be “hairy.” Hence, they resort to hair removal methods, such as shaving and waxing. But since these two methods often lead to chicken skin or pain, some prefer chemical hair removal in the form of depilatory cream. Here’s what you need to know about them.

The Advantages of Using a Depilatory Cream

What makes depilatory creams appealing to people, especially women?

First, using them is incredibly easy. Simply apply a layer of the cream (or lotion, gel, etc.) to the area, wait for a few minutes according to the instructions, and wipe the fuzzy, dissolved hair with a cloth or provided plastic spatula.

Secondly, a depilatory cream is extremely effective in what it is designed for. Of course, that’s as long as you choose an authentic product from a trusted store or pharmacy.

  • Since the chemical acts on the follicles (but not the roots), it will give you longer-lasting results.
  • Also, you might find that hair regrowth is less “fuzzy” compared to when you shave.

Next, depilatory creams are convenient and painless. Unlike waxing, which you may want to have someone professional do for you, you can use depilatory creams on your own. Using a depilatory cream does not cause cuts like shaving might. It also involves no downtime.

Finally, chemical depilatory in the form of creams, lotions, or gels is inexpensive. A small tube costs less than a hundred pesos and you can already use it in several areas.

Are There Downsides?

With all its advantages, you might think that there’s no downside to using a depilatory cream. But, in truth, it has several disadvantages.

Number 1 on our list is that these depilatories contain strong chemicals. Not surprising, considering they are designed to “burn” the hair on the surface. Hence, developing burns, stings, blisters, or itchiness due to the chemicals is a risk.

Important

To reduce the risk of these skin reactions, it’s important to follow the package instructions. In particular, do not leave the product on beyond the recommended minutes. Likewise, do not use it on areas with more sensitive skin (genitals, nose, eyes) as you risk chemical burns.

Another downside is, compared to waxing, the results are short-lived. After all, the chemicals only act on the hair follicles. Chemical depilatories are also quite messy. You may also be more sensitive to the sun after using the product.

Finally, a depilatory cream may not be for you if you have sensitive skin. But regardless of sensitivity, it’s crucial that you perform a patch test first before using this product.

Depilatory Creams To Try

If you’re looking for a depilatory cream to use for effective and convenient hair removal, you might want to consider Veet and Nair.

Veet is one of the most well-known brands in the country. One great thing about Veet is that they have various creams that attend to people with normal skin type, sensitive skin, or dry skin.

Nair is a little pricey, but it might be worth it since they also have products for sensitive skin. In fact, their products are gentle enough that they have a hair remover face cream.

Other Options?

If the use of a depilatory cream doesn’t appeal to you, but you also do not like waxing or shaving, know that you still have other options. Talk to your dermatologist. They can guide you through other options like laser hair removal or light therapies.

Each person is different, to find the best hair removal method for you, it’s best to be guided by a board-certified dermatologist.

Learn more about Skincare and Cleansing here.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Sources

Effect of Physical and Chemical Hair Removal Methods on Skin Barrier Function in vitro: Consequences for a Hydrophilic Model Permeant. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30343288/, Accessed March 9, 2022

Laser Hair Removal, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780323027526500407, Accessed March 9, 2022

Creams, https://www.veet.com.ph/our-products/creams/, Accessed March 9, 2022

Hair Removal by Lasers and other Light Sources, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780323033121500112, Accessed March 9, 2022

Allergy skin tests – Mayo Clinic, https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/allergy-tests/about/pac-20392895#:~:text=Patch%20tests%20can%20detect%20delayed,that%20can%20cause%20contact%20dermatitis., Accessed March 9, 2022

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Written by Lorraine Bunag, R.N. Updated 2 weeks ago
Medically reviewed by Dexter Macalintal, MD