Which hair removal method is best for men and women who have sensitive skin? Follow this advice when removing unwanted hair if you have sensitive skin.
Many of the products and techniques used for hair removal are just not gentle enough for sensitive skin. One of the biggest challenges they face is hair removal. If you have sensitive skin, you know the struggle to find a method that results in smooth, soft skin—without damage, redness, or pain. We’ll review several sensitive skin hair removal methods here, including shaving, depilatory creams, and HairFree cream.
Shaving – 2 out of 5 stars
Here’s the thing about shaving when you consider which hair removal method is best for sensitive skin: you have to be careful and you have to adjust your expectations. What do we mean by adjust expectations?
You’re not going to get silky smooth skin by shaving if you have sensitive skin, because you aren’t going to be able to shave against the grain or over the same spot repeatedly. Both of these are necessary for truly soft, bare skin. So, you’ll end up with skin that might look bare but feels rough, or even still has visible stubble.
Typical Depilatory Creams – 2.5 out of 5 stars
You know the ones, you can purchase them at the drugstore, and they all have basically the same ingredients. Some even claim to be a hair removal cream for sensitive skin.
Once again, you’ll probably have to adjust your expectations a bit. The good news is that these creams will get most of the hair, and you won’t feel like Velcro afterwards. The bad news is that your mileage may vary wildly when it comes to whether or not you can use these creams at all. Many people with sensitive skin experience hair removal burn or similar skin irritation. So, if you do decide to try these, test on a tiny area first, and don’t use it if you see or feel any negative effects.
HairFree Cream 4.5 out of 5 stars
We expected this to be like another depilatory cream, but it wasn’t. It didn’t have the same harsh odour, and the instructions indicated that just a small amount should be used. It was, however, just as effective at removing the hair and did not show signs of skin irritation when used for hair removal on sensitive skin.
In fact, it was even more effective because of its big selling point: HairFree cream claims that repeated use over 4-6 weeks will eventually make your hair stop growing at all in that area—and after 6 weeks, the area I’d used it on was showing no growth whatsoever!