Which of these hair removal methods will best suit you depends on a few factors:
How sensitive your skin is
What sort of medication you are on
If you want the hair removed permanently
How much money and time you can afford
Remember - have a chat with a trusted adult before you decide on any method, or to decide if you need to remove any hair at all.
A light treatment called laser treatment is used to stop the hair growing. It is not permanent, but lasts many months and is relatively quick – but also expensive.
Laser treatment may cause irritation and scarring, and after treatment:
light skin can become darker,
and dark skin lighter.
This treatment tends to work best on light-skinned people with dark hair as the hair absorbs more of the laser. For this reason it is recommended that you avoid tanning before treatment.
Depilatories are creams or liquids that remove hair. They make the hairs dissolve so they can be wiped away. They are mainly for body hair, but there are some that can be used for light facial hair, not coarse hair like a beard.
Never use depilatories on eyebrows or around the eyes (they can damage eyes very badly), and don't use them on skin that is already sore or damaged.
Always read the instructions carefully before you use them, and chose the type of depilatory cream you need (there are different strengths for hair on different parts of the body).
Some people can have a strong reaction to depilatories, so people with sensitive skin should avoid them. Always do a skin test patch first – have a look at the instructions in the packaging on how to do this.
With waxing, either hot or cold wax is applied to the area and a strip of cloth is placed over the top. The cloth is then ripped off taking the hair with it. Always follow the instructions if you are doing it yourself.
Because the hair is pulled out, waxing can be very painful. There can also be irritation of the skin. Some people should avoid waxing altogether:
People with diabetes should not wax. They have a greater chance of getting infections.
Some medication can make skin more sensitive – for example, acne medications. Check the manufacturer's warnings on your medication or check with your doctor if you are unsure.
Don't use wax over moles.
If you have a skin irritation or sunburn, you shouldn't wax until the skin is fully healed.