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You Asked! Expert A's to Beauty Q's: Hair Removal

Prepare for takeoff with expert hair-removal advice and product picks.

By Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Reviewed by Karyn Grossman, MD

WebMD Magazine - Feature

Struggling to get unwanted hair off your face, legs, and other spots? Our experts share their favorite products and favorite techniques.

Debra Jaliman, MD, dermatologist and author of Skin Rules: Trade Secrets From a Top New York Dermatologist:

Blade Runner

Schick Intuition Pure Nourishment Razor ($9.99) -- "I like razors with multiple blades and conditioning strips, like this one infused with coconut milk and almond oil. For the closest shave, shave against the growth. If you have sensitive skin, shave in the direction of the hair growth."

Smooth Move

Remington Smooth & Silky Epilator ($59.99) -- "For the best epilation [an epilator is a hand-held electrical device that grasps and pulls out unwanted hairs], it is essential to exfoliate. Then epilate against the grain, and if you’re sensitive to pain, take an over-the-counter pain reliever a half hour before."

Foam Run

Satin Care Dry Skin Shave Gel ($3.49) -- "Don’t shave on dry skin, as you will get cuts, nicks, and micro-abrasions that can lead to bumps. To prevent bumps, use a hydrating shaving gel like this -- not soap. Wait a few minutes in the shower after applying the gel and let it penetrate."

Stubble Trouble

Veet Fast Acting Gel Cream Hair Remover ($9) -- "Depilatories [chemical-based creams that break down keratin for easy hair removal] have come a long way. They have much nicer scents, and they leave your skin feeling smooth and soft. Do a patch test to make certain you are not allergic."

Jennifer MacGregor, MD,assistant clinical professor of dermatology, Columbia University Medical Center:

Wax Relief

Eucerin Redness Relief Daily Perfecting Lotion ($14.99) -- "Waxing pulls at the skin and removes the outer layer of skin, which can be especially irritating to sensitive skin. If you notice irritation or redness after waxing, apply a calming cream like this to avoid bumps or infections."

Fuzz Fighter

Olay Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal Duo Kit ($23.99) -- "Even with great facial depilatories like this one, which comes with a barrier balm, I recommend trying two test areas. First, test on the arm and then on the face in an area, like the jawline, that is less noticeable than the upper lip."

Finer Point

Bliss ‘Fuzz’ Off ($24) -- "I love the convenient applicator on this facial hair removal cream because it allows for easy application and removal. Plus, it’s infused with vitamin E and soothing willowherb, so post-treatment itchiness is almost nonexistent."

Main Tweeze

Revlon Designer Collection Slanted Tweezers ($6) -- "Slanted tweezers are ideal for grabbing and removing individual hairs, but don’t overdo it. One of the biggest no-nos is using tweezers to pick at ingrown hairs. This can leave brown spots and even permanent scarring."

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