Depilation in pregnancy: laser, razor, cream, waxing … what is the best system and which ones to avoid?
Hair removal during pregnancy: what is the best system to use to shave if you are pregnant? It is certainly not just a question: some of the methods we commonly use for our depilation, in an interesting state, are completely discouraged , while others require the necessary precautions.
In pregnancy, and particularly from the fourth month onwards , the hair tends to grow much more slowly, and this due to estrogen, the female hormones that increase at the expense of the male ones, responsible for hair growth. Despite this, however, the appearance of some hair is inevitable and it is good to know how to do if you want to eliminate it without any risk to our health and that of our child…
We then review the different methods that we commonly use for the depilation and discover together if they are suitable or not in pregnancy. First, however, here is a video that is always useful on how to prevent post-depilation irritations:
Depilation in pregnancy: the razor
Do you want to play it safe? Tip on the razor! It is undoubtedly the simplest method and without consequences during pregnancy, and this because the razor only cuts the hair , without going in depth.
The only thing you need to worry about is to prevent irritation : the pregnant skin becomes particularly delicate and sensitive, so avoid using a razor in a brutal way . Always remember to moisten the skin, pass the soap or shaving foam, preferably for sensitive skin.
Is the depilatory cream recommended or not during pregnancy?
The depilatory cream can also be used during pregnancy , but be careful. Applying a large quantity of chemicals to our skin while we wait for a child could create problems for the child. The depilatory cream is not absorbed systemically, but the more we manage to limit its use, the better: the chemical substances it contains (first of all thioglycolic acid ) are always very aggressive and potentially dangerous.
Furthermore, as with the razor, we must be careful that it does not create irritation on the skin that has become more sensitive. Try first applying it on a small amount of skin to make sure there is no redness!
Can you do waxing if you are pregnant?
The answer is yes, but only if it is cold waxing ! During pregnancy the circulation is more difficult, vascular fatigue is created, due also to hormonal changes. The first consequence is the weakening of the capillary vessel walls. If you do hot waxing, you risk causing further stress to the capillaries!
In cold weather, however, or with ready-made strips , the problem does not exist. However, it is better to get help from a beautician and always request natural and soothing substances on the skin. An alternative to cold waxing could be the oriental wax, based on sugar, honey, water and lemon, to slide quickly on the skin like a ball: it is a less traumatic method than the classic tear, but just as effective.
Electric hair removal: yes or no?
Even the electric epilator can be used as an alternative to waxing . The important thing is to focus on the latest generation models, which reduce the trauma of the skin making the operation less painful. Also, never forget to use post-depilation creams that have a good soothing effect : in this period your skin will be more sensitive than ever!
Attention, moreover, if you suffer from ingrown hairs: in this case the waxing turns out to be more effective than the small machine, which often ends up breaking the hairs and letting them grow back under the skin .
Depilation in pregnancy with laser or pulsed light
Finally we arrive at the definitive hair removal methods: the pulsed light and laser . These hair removal systems use light energy to carbonize the hair, destroying the matrix, so as to prevent it from regrowing. They are systems that require 6 to 8 sessions , at a minimum, and one month apart from the other.
In pregnancy it is strongly advised against using this depilation technique, because light could damage the fetus. Furthermore, the hormonal imbalances of the woman could make the result ineffective , leading for example to the growth of hair in areas such as the breast, where they are generally not present.
Consequently, even if in itself these are safe and effective systems , it is good not to carry them out during pregnancy to avoid exposing the fetus to dangers. If you are already doing the practice and you find out you are pregnant, it is good to stop it and start again in the post-pregnancy, even if you are breast-feeding (it will always be good, however, to ask your gynecologist).