Which method is the best method for removing intimate hair? Our editor has tested almost all of them and ended up with a particular one.
Important basic info: I am not a fan of pubic hair. Less for aesthetic reasons, but I feel more comfortable without hair in the intimate area. As soon as things are a few millimeters long, the game starts to itch, and I want to grab the razor and get rid of the stubble – even in winter. No landing strip, no crazy patterns – baby-soft, smooth skin is my ultimate goal! That’s why I’ve tried almost all hair removal methods over the last few years and ended up with a particular one.
I also consulted an expert. Dermatologist Kerstin Ortlechner answers all questions about the correct hair removal.
For beginners: The wet shave
The advantages: It is practical, cost-effective, and after that, you are guaranteed to be
smooth: the wet shave is perfect for intimate hair removal. The only problem: Sensitive skin can be irritated. Hello, red dots and ingrown hair! I can sing a song about it… even my gynaecologist advised me against wet shaving after some time.
And: After a short time, stubble grows, which, depending on the hair density, can hardly be removed. I always had to wait a few days before I could shave again.
Conclusion: In the long run, a wet shave was not the solution to my “problem.”
What the expert says
If the patient does not have too sensitive skin, wet shaving is a good way to remove the hair. However, according to Kerstin Ortlechner, one should pay attention to some things: “Before shaving, the skin should be cleaned sufficiently. Not only with water, otherwise, but there are also too many bacteria and can cause inflammation. Use a good razor blade and maintain after shaving with soothing, non-comedogenic products.”
Next Step: Hair Removal Cream/ Mineral Powder
So I resorted to a supposedly more sensitive method: Veet hair removal cream. But even the smell suggests that this is a proper chemical leg. Sure, the hair must eventually somehow go away. But the mucous membranes are not happy at all…
The advantages: The skin is less irritated than shaving. The method is also completely painless.
The only drawback: When washing off, the cream also hits the mucous membranes—unfortunately, nothing for sensitive people.
Mineral powder for hair removal – an alternative?
Definitely! Visett’s hair removal cream has fewer chemical ingredients. It consists of a mineral powder that is colorless and odorless. You touch it with little water. After a short period of time of care, all hairs are reliably removed – and without pain. But again, my vulva wasn’t too pleased with the paste, which runs down weekly with hairs. Apparently, there was only one method left:
“I’m not a friend of hair removal creams – too aggressive substances that irritate the skin and can cause irritating dermatitis,” says dermatologist Kerstin Ortlechner.
Ouch! Waxing/ Sugaring is not for “sick.”
I look out a lot, I thought… Anyone who has ever tried waxing or sugaring in the intimate area knows what I am talking about. To get rid of my intimate hair, I had my hair removed in a waxing studio.
The advantages: Baby-smooth skin and that for weeks! The hair also grows more sparse and softer. The mucous membranes were not irritated.
On the one hand, the disadvantages are that waxing in the studio has its price (approx. 30 to 40 euros per session). On the other hand, there is a big argument against it: pain. Even though you’re done in 10 minutes, the pain was why I stopped waxing.
Once I try it…
To eliminate at least one aspect that speaks against waxing, I tried sugaring at home. I got a sugaring paste from the drugstore and… off to go, or something. It took several attempts to inflict pain on oneself, and so the whole procedure gladly lasted half an hour. I pushed the self-treatments in front of me. No alternative to the studio…
The expert does not recommend hair removal using waxing or epilation: “When epilating or waxing, the hair root is removed too aggressively. It is ripped out, and this leads to skin lesions and irritations.”
Okay, then hair removal with IPL! These are my experiences…
Get rid of the hair once and for all, and make sure they NEVER grow back? “Of course I want that,” I thought, looting my piggy bank to afford the first IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatments. A meeting costs about EUR 160. It is not possible to say exactly how many it takes to be hair-free.
What happens with IPL during hair removal?
The principle is similar to the laser method: the hair root is destroyed, and the new hair formation is prevented. Instead of a laser, however, light is used here.
The advantages: The hair never grows back. You don’t have to say more.
The drawbacks: Definitely the price and the pain during treatment. The color pigment melanin contained in the hair absorbs the light and converts it into heat. This heat is then fed into the hair follicle, which is destroyed as a result. And that’s pretty painful. A session lasts about 10 to 15 minutes. Between treatments, you should wait 6 to 8 weeks.
Conclusion: After eight treatments, I have now reached my destination and have no hair in the intimate area anymore. However, I am about 1200 euros poorer. Here, by the way, you can read a detailed report on the IPL treatments.
The expert says this is “I prefer hair removal using permanent laser hair removal. However, the patient must be suitable for this, i.e., she needs light skin and dark hair.” Kerstin Ortlechner does not recommend hair removal using IPL: “There is too much risk of burns. In addition, the effect is small. Since many treatments are necessary, it can be quite expensive.”
Mrs. Anna has tried epilating in the intimate area
“I love everything effective. That’s why I epilate myself all over the body – even in the intimate area. Funnily enough, I find it even less painful than the epilation of the thighs. The hair grows softly and also becomes less with regular epilation. Pro tip: Do not epilate just before the period. You are particularly sensitive to pain!”