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How safe are chemical hair removers (depilatories) as alternative for shaving?

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Remember that these hair removers are not necessarily safe to use around the vulva or vaginal area, or bikini line. Also, some people are allergic to the chemicals. Always test a small area of skin first before using these -- even if you're using them on your legs or underarms. Sensitive skin may become irritated with this hair removal option.

From: Shaving Tips for Teen Girls WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Ramos-e-Silva, M; de Castro, MC; Carneiro, LV Jr., 2001. Wikipedia: "Shaving." Mayo Clinic web site: "Hair removal: Does shaving make it grow back thicker?" Discovery Health web site: "Teens and Shaving." American Academy of Dermatology. Clinical Dermatology,Kidshealth.org:  "TeensHealth: Hair Removal."

Reviewed by Roy Benaroch on October 07, 2016

SOURCES: Ramos-e-Silva, M; de Castro, MC; Carneiro, LV Jr., 2001. Wikipedia: "Shaving." Mayo Clinic web site: "Hair removal: Does shaving make it grow back thicker?" Discovery Health web site: "Teens and Shaving." American Academy of Dermatology. Clinical Dermatology,Kidshealth.org:  "TeensHealth: Hair Removal."

Reviewed by Roy Benaroch on October 07, 2016

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