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Comparing Electrolysis Hair Removal Alongside Other Approaches

By Linda Allison

Excess hair removal is a serious concern for many. Unwanted hair removal was not as accepted as it is now merely a generation ago. However techniques for hair removal had been around for hundreds of years. The most popular procedure is possibly electrolysis. Electrolysis was first used to get rid of unwanted hair in 1875 by an ophthalmologist named Dr. Charles E. Michael on a person to remove an ingrown eyelash. Undesirable hair is often hereditary. It is also caused by hormone levels, by certain drugs and conditions. Hair on women’s upper lip and limbs are examples. There are different procedures available to get rid of hair. Electrolysis is the most popular of them. It’s known as the only hair removal technique that is permanent.

The different procedures available are discussed against electrolysis below.

The simplest method is shaving. However shaving may cause ingrown hair in the pubic areas. Electrolysis stops all further hair growth through completely destroying the hair follicles.

Tweezing is another straightforward method but an extremely painful one. It is efficient only if there are only a few hairs to remove. Plucking can cause scars as well as ingrown hair. Neither scars nor ingrown hair is a problem with electrolysis.

Waxing is a method where wax is applied on the skin and pulled off once dry. The wax pulls out hair while being plucked off. The procedure is painful and can trigger skin itchiness and scars especially for sensitive skin. Electrolysis causes almost no pain and no soreness.

Threading is a technique where hair is pulled out with a loop of cotton thread. Though inexpensive it can cause folliculitis, reddening as well as scars.

Sugaring is an old Middle Eastern practice where a paste or gel made from sugar, lemon juice and water is placed on the skin in the direction of growth and pulled off in the opposite direction. It is also a little painful and can cause itchiness and infection. Once again these are not problems with electrolysis.

Depilation is a method where unwanted hair is removed by applying over the counter chemicals in the form of cream. The chemicals might cause scars and infections which are not caused by electrolysis.

Oral medication like the Food and Drug Administration approved Vaniqa is good in all respects only that it retards hair growth however doesn’t remove hair while electrolysis permanently removes unwanted hair.

Laser technique in which the pigment of hair is destroyed using laser beams is a very preferred technique. However it does not work in light colored hair like grey or blond hair. However electrolysis works in all types of hair.

Hence it is easily seen that electrolysis is in almost all ways superior than any other hair removal approach. It’s the least painless. It also does not have any long term unintended side effects such as scarring. Neither does it bring about any infection. It works on all people and is the only hair removal technique accepted as being permanent by the Food and Drug Administration and the American Medical Association. On the other hand it is a time consuming and expensive process as it requires anywhere between 15 and 30 sessions to complete the process and each session costs around$ 45. Unless you are looking for a temporary solution electrolysis is what you need to choose.

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