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Video:Best Techniques to Remove Body Hair

with Dr. Debra Jaliman

There are countless ways to remove unwanted body hair, but some are significantly easier than others. Here's a video going over the best techniques for removing unwanted body hair.See Transcript

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Transcript:Best Techniques to Remove Body Hair

Hi, this is Dr. Debra Jaliman, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City and author of "Skin Rules," here for About.com to talk about methods of hair removal.

Removing Body Hair by Shaving

There are many safe and effective methods of hair removal. One of the most common is shaving, and as long as you shave properly, it's very safe and very effective. One of the things I tell my patients is to soak their razors in alcohol for five minutes before they go into the shower so that they're shaving with a clean razor because, as you know, if you leave your razor in the shower, bacteria can build up on the razor, or just use a new disposable razor. The other thing is you want to shave either in the shower or after you get out of the shower, when the hairs are moist and wet and softer so that you don't get abrasion to the skin.

Removing Hair With Depilatories and Electrolysis

Another safe way of removing hair is to use a depilatory that works by dissolving the hair on the skin, and you can actually wipe it right off. You just want to make sure to do a test patch of hair before you use a depilatory to make sure you're not sensitive to the ingredients in the depilatory. Another way to remove hair is with electrolysis, where an actual needle is place in the hair. It is a slow process, but it is a more permanent process of hair removal.

Laser Hair Removal

Another way you can remove hair is to do laser hair removal, and that is a very permanent way to remove hair, but make certain that you go to a board-certified dermatologist or to a salon that does hair removal on a regular basis. The only color hair that cannot be removed with laser hair removal at this point is either gray hair or blonde hair because the laser has to sense pigment in the hair follicle, and it doesn't work in hair that doesn't have color. There is a medication, a prescription medication, that can also be used to slow hair growth, and we use that a lot. So, you can ask your dermatologist for a prescription for Veniqa, and that also helps to slow hair growth, so it's also used with laser hair removal or electrolysis or even if your shaving or using a depilatory.

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