Treating Depilatory Burns on Your Skin

Depilation burns are painful and embarrassing. They may cause you to feel embarrassed, ashamed or even depressed. You might not want anyone else to see your scars. Some people don’t like their scars because they look ugly or they think they make them less attractive. Others might be afraid of getting them tattooed, pierced or other body modifications. Depilatory burns are usually caused by hair removal creams such as those containing salicylic acid (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate). Salicylic acid is a common ingredient in many hair removal products. When applied to the skin, it causes irritation and burning sensations. Sometimes the burn lasts longer than 24 hours but most often it goes away within two days without treatment. However, if you have a severe case of depilation burns then you will need medical attention immediately.

How Long Does It Take For A Hair Removal Cream Burn To Heal?

The length of time it takes for a hair removal cream burn to heal depends on several factors including: the type of product; the amount of product used; how much was left in the bottle after use; how hot or cold you were when applying the cream; whether you had contact with water while using it; and what kind of clothing you wore at the time.

Some hair removal creams can cause severe burns. These types of hair removal creams should never be used for hair removal or any other purpose. This is because they can cause permanent skin damage, scarring and other serious side effects. It is very important to read the instructions carefully before using any product for the first time.

Hair grows in three phases: anagen, catagen, and telogen. During the anagen phase, hair growth lasts for two to six years. The catagen phase follows and it only lasts for about two weeks. Finally, the hair enters the telogen phase where the hair no longer grows but it doesn’t fall out either.

The hair stays in this phase until the cycle begins again.

How To Stop The Burning?

You can reduce the burning and irritation caused by hair removal creams by taking an over the counter pain reliever such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. This will help to relieve some of the pain, but it won’t get rid of the burn entirely. You can decrease the amount of pain you are feeling by keeping the area as cool as possible. You can do this by wrapping it in cold towels or spraying with a cool mist. You can also apply some hydrocortisone cream to the area of skin that is affected. If you experience any other symptoms such as headaches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, blurred vision and other pain you should see your doctor immediately.

It is very important to remember that suffer from hair growth issues are more likely to develop skin diseases such as skin cancer. It is very important that you get a skin check by a medical doctor every once in a while. If you notice any type of irregular mole or spot on your skin, you need to have it checked by a medical professional right away.

How Do You Prevent Getting Hair Removal Cream Burns?

The best way to prevent getting hair removal cream burns is to never use them in the first place. There are many different types of hair removal products on the market that don’t contain any dangerous or harmful ingredients.

One of the best ways to get rid of hair on your legs is by waxing. This method is not only painful but it can be quite expensive. It involves having a wax mixture applied to your leg using a cloth strip. After the wax hardens, the strip is quickly pulled off against the direction of hair growth.

This pulls the hair out from the root.

There are many different types of waxes available on the market. Each one works a bit differently but they all have similar effects and side effects. Some of the less painful types of waxes include:

Sticky Roll On – This wax is sometimes also called strip free. It can be heated up in a microwave and then applied to the skin using a roller. It can be hard to control when it’s hot so it’s best that you have someone else apply it for you.

Soft Wax Strips – These are pre-made strips of cloth or paper covered with wax.

Sources & references used in this article:

Laser hair removal: a review by SD Gan, EM Graber – Dermatologic Surgery, 2013 – Wiley Online Library

Laser hair removal with alexandrite versus diode laser using four treatment sessions: 1‐year results by S Eremia, C Li, N Newman – Dermatologic surgery, 2001 – Wiley Online Library

… and intense pulse light therapy for hair removal on skin type IV to VI–is longer wavelengths lasers preferred over shorter wavelengths lights for assisted hair removal by CL Goh – Journal of dermatological treatment, 2003 – Taylor & Francis

Long-pulsed Nd: YAG laser-assisted hair removal in Fitzpatrick skin types IV–VI by K Rao, TK Sankar – Lasers in medical science, 2011 – Springer

Evaluation of the ruby 694 Chromos for hair removal in various skin sites by KP Allison, MN Kiernan, RA Waters… – Lasers in medical …, 2003 – Springer

Safety and tolerability of laser hair depilation in pilonidal disease: a pilot study by JJ Lopez, JN Cooper, BA Fischer, DO Gonzalez… – Surgical …, 2017 – liebertpub.com

Intense pulsed light treatment of hirsutism: case reports of skin phototypes V and VI by F Johnson, M Dovale – Journal of Cutaneous Laser Therapy, 1999 – Taylor & Francis

Pulsed alexandrite laser technology for noninvasive hair removal by B Finkel, YD Eliezri, A Waldman… – … of clinical laser medicine …, 1997 – liebertpub.com

Ruby laser-assisted hair removal: an ultrastructural evaluation of cutaneous damage by SH Liew, R Cerio, P Sarathchandra… – British journal of plastic …, 1999 – Elsevier