Removing hair from the genital area can be a, let’s say “scary process” for men and women alike. One way people think about removing hair is through removal creams. They offer easy application and sometimes work as an effective remedy. However there are a number of things you should still keep in mind when using the creams. Here we’ll look at if it’s a good idea or not.
First a quick word on how the creams work. The cream is classified as a depilatory. This means it breaks down the chemical bonds of your hair. Your hair, after a few minutes, then becomes weak enough to be scraped off. It’s kind of like your hairs are dissolving and crumbling away.
Benefits of Removal
Here are some of the benefits of hair removal cream in general:
- Using cream may be less scary than using a razor.
- If done properly it can be very fast.
- The creams are very inexpensive.
- Completely pain free (if everything goes according to plan!)
- Slightly longer results than shaving because the cream can dissolve hairs just below the surface. But the results aren’t as long as waxing.
So What are The Risks?
So it’s a good process, but should it actually be done? This depends on where exactly you use it. What you should always do is test for a reaction first. Some people can react quite badly to the cream. So put a tiny bit on your arm as a test. Wait for bit and remove it. If there’s a big reaction, excessive redness, or pain then don’t use hair removal creams!
Certainly don’t cover your genitals completely in the cream and just hope for the best! Ouch!
So what if you’ve not had a reaction? Well from our research, we’ve not actually seen a cream which the manufacturers say is safe to use on the genital area. This obviously will be to cover themselves legally. They can’t allow people to use it on their genitals if it’s not 100% safe. Remember that the tissue is very different around there. You wouldn’t put it close to your eyes would you? The principle here is the same. Keep it away from sensitive areas whether you’re a man or woman. It’s best to simply avoid the risk.
However if you’re applying it in more to the bikini area, rather than a full Brazilian, it should be ok. This is as long as the cream doesn’t stray onto any sensitive areas.
Have a look at our hair removal section for methods which may work better.
Tips on Removing Hair Around the Pubic Region
Trimming down your hairs as much as you can is a good idea. You won’t need to spend as much money on the cream and should be able to see when hair is coming away at the roots much better. Remember that’s the important thing, just because the hair looks weak at the top doesn’t mean the same is true at the bottom. You also don’t want to risk applying a lot of cream to one area unnecessarily. Use only as much cream as you need.
Make sure the sensitive areas are covered by underwear to prevent the risk of any cream dripping onto them. You really can not let any cream get close to a sensitive area. This can be very painful! After you’ve removed the hair wipe the cream away as much as you can. Then carefully wipe it with a wet cloth or sponge. The problem some people have is managing to remove the hair without pain, but then going in the shower and washing the left over bits of cream onto a sensitive area. That’s why it’s important to remove as much as you can before getting water close to it.
Just in case you’re tempted to use the cream on a delicate area, here are a few stories about what could happen if things go wrong. It’s best to be safe!
I made the mistake of using some sort of cream to remove pubic hair about 2 years ago and it took me about a year to get down there back to normal.
From a man:
You may find out the hard way and wake up one morning with an extremely high voice and notice you have no more testicles and being officially classed as a eunuch
Okay so I used Veet (the hair removal cream) in attempts to shave my pubic hair and it worked, except now I have intense burning down there after washing it over and over with soap and hot water (could it be the soap irritating it?) and when I pee it burns really bad and I need a solution! I tried just putting a little aveeno down there but nothing is working and I’m freaking out. I can’t afford to go to the doctor. So any solutions? Please help!
What are the Alternatives?
There are a few alternatives which are much better and some even can provide semi permanent results.
Laser hair removal can provide some great results and has been shown to permanently reduce hair growth. There are two types of laser hair removal:
- Home devices which you use yourself. Click here for our reviews on the best devices.
- Professional treatment from a clinic. Click here for our info hub on laser hair removal.
Waxing is also a good option: