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Depilatories: Overview

What Are Depilatories?

Depilatory is a chemical that dissolves the hair at the skin surface. After applying the depilatory, you can wipe the hair after a given time. Depilatories break the disulfide bond in the hair and dissolve keratin, the main protein that makes hair. Because keratin is also there in the skin, you must remove the depilatory after the given time or when your skin starts stinging.

Depilatories are easiest to use and cheap. Being chemical based, depilatories can cause allergic reactions. You have to therefore test the depilatory before you use it. Put a little amount on a small spot on the skin and wipe it off after the given time. Watch that place for a day for any reaction. The pack of depilatory will have all the information about testing.

Article created on: June 21, 2006


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