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Get Smooth Skin with the Latest Hair Removal Advice from Dr. Oz

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Are chemical hair removal creams harmful? Do at-home hair lasers really work? For answers to these and other questions, here is how you can get smooth skin with the latest hair removal advice from Dr. Oz.

In past articles, Dr. Oz has discussed the number one shaving mistake that causes ingrown hairs and has pointed out the cost and benefits of laser hair removal over conventional bikini waxing.

Today, hair removal at home is becoming more affordable; and in fact, may be safer than having done at some beauty salons. In at least one report in the medical journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, a patron reportedly contracted herpes and a life-threatening Streptococcus infection from a bikini wax procedure at a salon that offers hair removal services.

To help women (and men) achieve smooth skin the safe way, here are the latest Dr. Oz-approved answers for 4 common hair removal questions:

Hair Removal Question #1: Are the red bumps I get after shaving always just razor burn?

According to Dr. Oz—The Good Life, those red bumps may be a sign of a nickel allergy reaction. As it turns out, nickel is used in most razor blades and can cause skin sensitivity reactions in many users.

Their advice? Try the Gillette Venus Embrace Sensitive Razor that reportedly uses a nearly nickel-free metal in its blades.

Hair Removal Question #2: My salon says hard waxing is less painful. Should I try it?

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Hard waxing is preferable for sensitive areas like the bikini line because the stripless wax coats the hairs without sticking to skin. But for better hair removal on tougher areas of the body such as the legs, the conventional soft wax method is better for hair removal.

Hair Removal Question #3: Are the chemicals in depilatory creams bad?

Dr. Oz—The Good Life tells readers that the active ingredient of depilatory creams is usually calcium or potassium hydroxide, both of which are safe to apply on skin except in cases of eczema or people who have sensitive skin.

Their recommendation is to take the time to do a patch test on your skin to see whether or not your skin may be too sensitive for chemical hair removal.

Hair Removal Question #4: Do at-home hair removal lasers work?

According to Dr. Oz—The Good Life, many of those at-home lasers use the same technology as the devices used in a dermatologist’s office. However, hair removal experts point out that the devices are not equal in performance and recommend using the at-home hair removal lasers as a maintenance method after having a more-thorough hair removal done in a dermatologist’s office.

For more on beauty care, check out this informative article about a study that reveals the 5 safest cosmetic procedures.

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Reference: Dr. Oz―The Good Life Aug./Sept. 2014 issue