logo

DermNet NZ


Facts about the skin from DermNet New Zealand Trust. Topic index: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Hair removal techniques

There are many reasons why men and women choose to remove unwanted body hair. Excess body hair may be undesirable and in many instances cause embarrassment and low self esteem.

Some medical indications for hair removal include:

There are basically 3 types of hair removal methods: temporary hair removal, temporary hair reduction and permanent hair removal. Within each method a number of different techniques are used to achieve hair removal or reduction.

Temporary Hair Removal Techniques Temporary Hair Reduction Techniques Permanent Hair Removal Techniques
Shaving
Chemical depilation
Epilation
  • Plucking
  • Waxing
  • Threading
  • Abrasives
  • Sugaring
Eflornithine HCl cream
Laser-assisted
Intense pulsed light sources
Electrolysis
  • Galvanic
  • Thermolysis

Related information

References:

On DermNet NZ:

Other websites:

Books about skin diseases:

See the DermNet NZ bookstore

Author: Vanessa Ngan, staff writer

DermNet NZ does not provide an online consultation service.
If you have any concerns with your skin or its treatment, see a dermatologist for advice.