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I think nair hair removal is ruining my legs. Is it dangerous?

I think nair hair removal is ruining my legs. Is it dangerous?

Many different metho: There are so many different techiques: shaving, waxing, sugaring, threading, medical, chemical, IPL, diode laser, electrolysis. People can develop a variety of adverse conditions in response to each of these interventions. Consult with a dermatologist if you are concerned about a medical condition. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Strimling
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Hair Removal (Definition)

Hair removal is either temporary, like tweezing, waxing or shaving, or permanent, in which the follicles are destroyed by electrolysis or a laser/light system. Very popular these days to reduce the density of hair in an area by laser hair removal. It needs to be repeated in a series to affect as many follicles as ...Read more


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Can I use nair hair removal during pregnantcy?

Can I use nair hair removal during pregnantcy?

Cautiously: Since nair is primarily external and is not absorbed in the skin it is likely safe. That being said skin changes are common during pregnancy and creams, lotions, deodorants, etc that were well tolerated before can sometimes cause unexpected rashes before. Nair can be very irritating to skin for many, so use caution. Also avoid using it in the genital region. ...Read more

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I was wondering if its a good idea to use nair for hair removal?

Not a bad idea.: There are many other ways to remove hair. If you have very sensitive skin this might not be the best for you. ...Read more

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Is veet or nair better in terms of the hair removal and regrowth time?

Is veet or nair better in terms of the hair removal and regrowth time?

Healthtap Doctors: Are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more

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I use Nair hair removal to shave n some of it got on my anus now its swollen. What should I do?

I use Nair hair removal to shave n some of it got on my anus now its swollen. What should I do?

HC1% & Sitz baths: Hydrocortisone 1 % such as Anusol-HC may help as well as sitting in a warm bath and soaking. ...Read more

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I used nair hair removal cream on my pubic area and I have aneixty too and im worrying that the chemicals in the cream might cause me problems mentaly?

No this is not the: There is little written on Nair Side effects beyond allrgic reaction and skin iritation which especially occurs in the genital region. It is recommended you do it in a small area to see if it irriates you. There are no direct mental side effects. ...Read more

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How do I treat a burn from nair, hair removal cream?

How do I treat a burn from nair, hair removal cream?

Try...: ...1% Hydrocortisone cream. If that is not sufficient, you'll need to see a dermatologist for a prescription cream. If the burn (actually an irritant dermatitis) is on your face, now you know why depilatories like nair are not recommended for use on the face. ...Read more

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Nair hair removal has left a burning sensation on my face what can I use to help the discomfort?

Nair hair removal has left a burning sensation on my face what can I use to help the discomfort?

Hydrocortisone: This is a chemical sensitivity. Ice can help in the short term and over the counter 1% hydrocortisone can help if it persists after washing with cool water and a mild soap such as Aveeno (oatmeal). ...Read more

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Used nair hair removal on my face, the one designed for face, . I kept it on for 5 minutes and once I took it off my face was red and it burns. HELP!!

Used nair hair removal on my face, the one designed for face, . I kept it on for 5 minutes and once I took it off my face was red and it burns. HELP!!

Chemical burn: Rinse under cold shower for at least 5 minutes and apply cool compresses as long as needed for pain. Apply a very bland moisturizer such as vaseline or aloe between compresses. You could also be allergic to the chemicals, same treatment would help. Good luck! ...Read more

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A few years ago, I used Nair (hair removal) and the first time I didn't get an adverse effects, so I used it again and that time it gave me a burning,?

Nair: This may have been a primary irritation from Nair rather than a true allergic reaction, but nevertheless I don't recommend that you use it again in view of your intolerance to it as evidenced by the burning discomfort it caused. The next application may cause a more extensive reaction or inflammation. ...Read more

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Can I use nair hair removal on my penis and around it without effecting my penis erections changing or anything like that?

Can I use nair hair removal on my penis and around it without effecting my penis erections changing or anything like that?

Read the directions: One one hand the nair should not cause any issues with erections. However it isn't uncommon for people to haver reactions to the chemicals. Usually skin irritation and rashes. Just make sure to read the labels and make sure the product you use is deemed same for those areas. ...Read more

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What is the best way to remove facial hair? Without shaving or using nair hair removal products it burns my skin, I use extra sensitive skin products.

What is the best way to remove facial hair? Without shaving or using nair hair removal products it burns my skin, I use extra sensitive skin products.

Laser hair removal: Laser hair removal is the most effective method to remove facial or body hair. Electrolysis can be used for smaller regions but is less reliable and technique dependent than lasers. Lasers are very safe if performed by a skilled and experienced physician or provider. Vaniqa cream also helps reduce hair growth by 40% but effects wear off after discontinuing use. Laser effects are long-lasting. ...Read more

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I used nair hair removal product and it burns when I pee what do I do??? It hurts really bad

I used nair hair removal product and it burns when I pee what do I do??? It hurts really bad

Chemical Irritation: The chemicals in Nair are good for removing hair, but the sensitive lining of the labia minora and surfaces of the vaginal opening are not a good place for such chemicals. The burning with peeing may be related to this.
Flush the area with large amounts of cool water and if the burning is still present, apply some cortisone cream. If the pain continues more than 24 hours, see your family doctor. ...Read more

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I used Nair hair removal on my vaginal areas and not it hurt and burns when I pee, what should I do?

I used Nair hair removal on my vaginal areas and not it hurt and burns when I pee, what should I do?

Possible UTI: Visit your PCP for complete evaluation. It is a good possibility that you have an urinary tract infection. The urine sample taken with a culture will support or reject the diagnosis of UTI. ...Read more

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I want to use Nair or veet hair removal cream. Is this safe?? Do these chemicals cause cancer or other problems with toxicity?

I want to use Nair or veet hair removal cream. Is this safe?? Do these chemicals cause cancer or other problems with toxicity?

You're fine: There are prank / disinformation websites making false claims about most personal care products. Ignore them. ...Read more

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I got a rash on my knee from using nair hair removal cream.

I got a rash on my knee from using nair hair removal cream.

Nair: Options – use washcloth soaked in cold water or even ice water as a compress x 15 minutes. No not apply ice directly to skin. Petroleum based lubricants/ jellies/ lotions (aquaphor ointment, vaseline) or aloe can help to maintain moisture. Hydrocortisone cream 1 % can be applied for significant inflammation. For blistering – consult with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have burns, swelling and blisters after using nair hair removal cream, please recommend something?

I have burns, swelling and blisters after using nair hair removal cream, please recommend something?

Hair remover burns: I can appreciate your frustration. For hair remover burns simply wash the area copiously with cool water. Then apply an antibiotic ointment such as bacitracin, to the area 2-3 times a day. Long er term effects such as skin increased pigmentation would suggest the appropriateness of a visit to a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Can you use aloe vera gel on a burn that happened from nair hair removal?

Can you use aloe vera gel on a burn that happened from nair hair removal?

Yes: Options – use washcloth soaked in cold water or even ice water as a compress x 15 minutes. No not apply ice directly to skin. Petroleum based lubricants/ jellies/ lotions (aquaphor ointment, vaseline) or aloe can help to maintain moisture. Hydrocortisone cream 1 % can be applied for significant inflammation. For blistering – consult with your doctor. ...Read more

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I used nair sensitive hair removal cream on my legs. Has burned me. Really sore what can I use. Have used it before and been fine.

Chemical skin burns: Depilatory creams for hair removal can cause chemical burns to the skin if left on for longer than recommended. Or on sensitive skin. Chemical burns produce red skin Treat it with cold water rinse for 20 minutes to avoid scarring and deeper tissue damage. Apply a thin layer of antibiotic cream to prevent bacterial infection. Silver sulphadiazine ointment works very well. ...Read more

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Are there any dangers to laser hair removal?

Are there any dangers to laser hair removal?

Yes: Lasers are medical devices and as such have dangers such as causing burns with permanent scars or blindness. That is why they must be used in most states under the direction of a doctor. There are some home devices sold which obviously have fewer dangers but also less reliable results. If you are using home devices, follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully to avoid problems. ...Read more

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What are some dangers of laser hair removal?

What are some dangers of laser hair removal?

Depends on operator: Very safe when performed by an experienced physician. Can be very dangerous in the wrong hands. Greater risk of side-effects in darker skinned individuals. Some wavelengths (ie: long-pulsed nd:yag) are safer in darker skin. Side-effects include hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, blistering, scarring, infection, pain. Be sure to see a physician who has a lot of experience treating your skin type. ...Read more

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Are there dangers associated with laser hair removal?

Laser: There is always risk with laser or any procedure, make sure you go to a licensed
medi-spa I personally have not seen any issues with laser hair removal it does take a series of laser treatments. ...Read more

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Is diode hair removal dangerous close to breasts area?

Is diode hair removal dangerous close to breasts area?

No: The laser does not penetrate deep enough to be of danger to your breasts. You can certainly have this done and not worry. ...Read more

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Can someone give me a thorough explanation of the dangers of laser hair removal?

Can someone give me a thorough explanation of the dangers of laser hair removal?

Burns, scars: Although infrequent, any laser procedure may cause burn injury, possibility of scarring, or brown or white spots (hypo or hyper pigmentation) secondary to the treatment. ...Read more

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Need help& I want2do FULLbody laser hair removal! Is this permanent and is it at all dangerous to Heath (could laser harm reproductive areas?)

Need help& I want2do FULLbody laser hair removal! Is this permanent and is it at all dangerous to Heath (could laser harm reproductive areas?)

Humans have hair: We humans are mammals, and mammals have hair. It is unnatural to have no hair. Nobody should have a goal or desire to have no hair, because having hair is one of the 4 characteristics of mammals. The other 3 are: we make milk for our babies, we have backbones, and we are warmblooded. Having hair is a normal part of our identity. If a woman has excess hair, her doctor might check her hormones. ...Read more