Do you know about these Side Effects of Hair Retarder? Read on

Hair retarders are a special  category of beauty products that inhibit hair growth. You can easily complement your hair removal regime with one of these products to help your skin stay smoother for longer durations.

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Hair removal methods for the long run

If you have hair growth in undesirable places and areas that are visible in normal dresses like arms and legs, you may want to find ways to reduce or stop the hair growth for longer durations. Laser hair removal is considered to be the best option for permanent hair removal; however these treatments can be expensive and not suitable to everyone.

What are hair retarders?

Waxing and shaving are comparatively inexpensive but need to be done regularly, so to enjoy and enhance long lasting results of temporary hair removal, hair growth retarder creams can be used. Most of these creams do not remove hair permanently, but they are quite effective in discouraging hair growth and often work best in combination with most temporary hair removal methods. Hair inhibitors are especially useful for people who seek a smooth, hair-free body and silken skin but don’t have enough time to invest regularly in hair removal processes.

How does a hair retarder work?

Hair retarder creams nourish and soften your skin and minimize hair regrowth. They aim at overall reduction of hair cover, reduction in hair thickness, and the frequency at which the hair grows back. The cream can make hair removal results last longer and also soothe your skin and help in the prevention of rashes and irritation related to hair removal techniques.

The active ingredients in these products slow down the enzymes in your body that promote hair growth, and they also make the hair growth finer and sparser.Hair inhibitors are mostly topical solutions that make use of plant enzymes. The hair inhibitor creams work by changing the structure of a hair follicle and by making them become weak until they stop producing hair altogether. These creams also make the new hair that grows in the next cycle to be finer, lighter, softer and less visible.

Drawbacks of hair retarder creams

Hair retarder creams do not get rid of existing facial hair, and most of these can take as long as about 60 days to start working.

These creams designed to inhibit hair growth cannot help you with the hair you already have, and the normal hair removal methods being used by you will have to be used while waiting for the creams to work. Some people can be allergic to some of the ingredients of these creams and they must not be used on irritated or broken skin. It is best to consult a doctor if the use of a hair inhibitor causes a rash or you develop any other adverse reaction.

You need to use hair inhibitors on a regular basis to get effective results. The outcome of use is more visible after using hair removal methods that remove hair from the root such as waxing, sugaring, tweezing and threading. This is so because the formulation can then easily penetrate the pores and reach the hair follicle directly. This can facilitate faster and more effective results.

Side effects of Hair retarder creams

  • Some hair retarder creams may cause skin irritation and should not be used by pregnant women.
  • If you use depilatory creams or hair removal creams you may have to give a hair retarder a pass, because sometimes the two chemicals may cause irritation on the skin.
  • Some of the chemicals in hair retarder products can cause darkening of skin, and other hair removal issues like chicken skin and bumpiness in instances of prolonged use.
  • In cases where the user does not follow the exact instructions of application, irritation can be caused and/or aggravated.
  • Inflamed hair follicles known as Folliculitis can be caused in a few users.
  • Drug induced hair loss can also happen in some users.
  • Pigmentation of hair and skin and photosensitivity can also occur in a few instances.

It is advisable to use hair retarder products exercising great caution and ideally under the supervision of a dermatologist who can monitor the progress and also keep regular check on any emerging side-effects.

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Sulakshna enjoys penning down her tips on fashion, beauty and wellness. She believes in beauty being skin deep and loves to present her ideas on skin care and eating right for the goodness to reflect on the skin.