Hair removal is a common phenomenon, especially among the women. However, a lot of men also have to deal with the same dilemma; unwanted hair! It could be some hair growing on your neck, feet, arms, back, or even your chest. Especially if you’re that fit guy who likes to rock shorts and light tees on those hot days, you find yourself going shirtless occasionally, that excessive hair on your feet, chest, back, arms or neck has to drop. Either way, anyone can have some hair growing on certain parts of their body that they don’t quite appreciate.
Needless to mention, to some men, body hair makes them feel more macho, whereas, for others, it’s discomforting and sometimes unhygienic especially around sensitive regions like the armpits and the groin. Body hair removal has considerably improved over the past decade or so. This is both in terms of products and the technology available for hair removal. It’s not as painful as it used to be, though it all depends on the method used. Below are some methods and tips on how to reduce body hair growth in males.
Though the treatment is considered expensive, it is highly preferred by those who can afford it. Laser hair removal is a process that involves exposure to pulses of laser light to destroy hair follicles. Laser treatment comes with numerous benefits. It’s done by a professional dermatologist who administers the right amounts of laser beams depending on the individual’s type of skin, among other factors. A single session of laser treatment may not be enough to completely remove all the hair in a specific region, which creates the need to go for a couple of sessions, say 4-6 tops. However, during this time, hair production and growth is dramatically reduced. Though it may not permanently stop hair from growing in some areas, it does reduce the growth of hair. Laser treatment is an advanced hair removal technique that is also both safe and painless.
This involves the use of a needle that has an electric current to zap hair follicles. Once the needle is inserted into the hair follicle, it drives in some level of controlled electric currents to the follicle, destroying it and stopping hair from growing. Just like the laser treatment, electrolysis can also be an expensive procedure, but also one of the safest if administered by a qualified electrologist. The only difference compared to laser treatment is that electrolysis can be a tad more painful, unlike the laser treatment, it’s a bit painful.
Hair Removal Creams
These are specially formulated creams that help reduce the growth of hair. They can be the medicated type or the depilatory type. Most of the medicated hair removal products are medicated prescriptions that inhibit the production of enzymes in the skin that cause hair to grow. According to a scientific study, these include enzymes such as 5a-reductase and cytochrome P450 aromatase.
Depilatory creams have been used for quite a long time to remove excess hair. However, back in the day, most of them had a funny smell and could cause some sort of irritation when applied to the skin. Technological advancements, research and recent developments on chemical products have made it possible to have better smelling, non-irritant, and comfortable depilatory creams. Once the cream is applied to the skin, it dissolves the hair and reduces its growth. There are different creams for particular areas of the body. Some examples of popular depilatory creams include Veet Gel Hair Remover, Gigi Hair Removal Lotion, and Olay Smooth Finish removal cream, just to name a few in a myriad.
This one is no doubt, the oldest hair removal method around. You can opt for the blade to remove excess hair from the skin. There’s, however, a myth that is not scientifically supported, that hair grows faster and stronger when shaved. To keep it plain and simple, shaving will barely reduce hair growth. It’s just a helpful way to keep the hair in some of your body parts in check, like a hygienic routine or so. It may also cause irritation and bumps, especially when you shave without the right shaving cream. But will all honesty, shaving is a man thing that dudes barely escape!
This is an old technique that has been with us for the longest time. It involves completely removing the hair from the root using hot wax and wax-based products. It can be done at home or you can opt to have it done in a salon or spa. Over time, it helps to reduce hair growth, though; it’s only supposed to be done once a fortnight.
Looks aside, your body hair can say a lot about your health too. With the above tips, you can now show off those packs or chest at any given time without having to shy off. However, it’s important that before you try off any product, enquire and confirm with your dermatologist.