October 27, 2019

Is It Safe to Use Hair Removal Cream During Pregnancy?

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If you’re reading this, then I think it’s a pretty safe bet for me to say “Congrats”!

Because girl, why else would you be wondering “What hair removal cream can I use when pregnant”?

And, if you’re a long time reader of my blog, then it’s pretty safe to say that you’re also a self-confessed hairy girl like me - and now you’re doing your due research to see if you can keep up with your fave de-hairing and de-fuzzing treatments now that you have a bun in the oven.

...Or you’re a nosey Nelly and want to know what a difference pregnancy makes on your hair removal routine. That’s okay gal - we can find that out together!

You're pregnant, and your body is changing - and I’m not just talking about the size of your stomach. Pregnancy hormones can kick-start extra hair growth, so you just might find that you have some extra hair here and there - and yes, I mean more than usual! (And in different places than usual…)

When you’re pregnant, there seems to be an endless list of things that you can’t do or can’t eat - have sushi, eat soft cheeses, drink alcohol… (Kudos to all my pregnant mamas out there, by the way - there’s no way I would be able to give up sushi and rosé for 9 months!)

You can’t help but wonder - are depilatory creams off limits too?

Is hair removal cream safe during pregnancy?

So, Can Hair Removal Cream Be Used During Pregnancy?

If you're super loyal to your depilatory creams, you'll be thrilled to know that they're totally safe for you and bub during your pregnancy. They can totally be used in your regular hair removal routine, as well as for zapping any new hormonally-charged hairs that are coming through in places that you never thought possible…

I’ll just leave that to your imagination.

It’s not hard to see why depilatory creams are one of the most favored hair removal methods - you just apply to where it’s needed, then wipe off once time’s up. I went over some of my favorite creams in my best pubic hair removal cream guide.

HOWEVER,

(and that's a big however...)

...there are a couple of important things to note that might influence whether or not you want to use hair removal cream during pregnancy.

1) The Smell

There’s no getting around that most depilatory creams smell.

Like, really smell.

And, we all know that pregnant women are especially sensitive to strong smells (or even not so strong smells).

Even in the most well ventilated, airy room, it’s totally possible that your pregnancy nose wouldn’t be able to handle how strong some hair removal creams are. I mean, there are some out there that even my non-pregnant self can’t handle - so I can’t imagine how strong that would smell to someone that is!

2) Skin Sensitivity

Pregnancy could also make your skin more sensitive, could cause skin issues like dryness and flakiness, even from products that you’ve used time and time again with no issues.

Again, this is down to hormones and how they’re affecting your hair and skin.

How Do I Know Which Hair Removal Cream Is Best During Pregnancy?

But, there is one pretty crucial step that you can take to make sure that you know which hair removal cream is safe during pregnancy - patch testing. Patch testing is something that you should be doing with every beauty and skin care product anyway, but that’s a post for another time.

It’s strongly recommended by pretty much any dermatologist to do before any product, because patch testing will let you know beforehand if your skin can handle what you’re about to slather over it.

The perfect patch test basically entails leaving your chosen hair removal cream of choice on your skin for the allotted time (always follow instructions!) to see how well it behaves on your skin, and if your nose can handle it. If your trusty depilatory cream passes the test - congrats!

If you find that your old reliable just isn’t cutting it anymore, I have some tips on what to look for to help answer the question “What hair removal cream can I use when pregnant?”

  • Developed for sensitive skin. Creams targeted for pubic hair removal would be a great place to start, as they’re designed to remove coarser hair, without irritating the more sensitive skin down there. The Gigi Hair Removal lotion is designed for the bikini area, making it perfect for sensitive skin, and it smells amazing too.
  • Added nourishing ingredients. Ingredients such as aloe and vitamin E can help counteract any irritation and stinging from the chemicals commonly found in hair removal cream. The Veet Hair Removal Cream Sensitive Skin with Aloe Vera & Vitamin E has two ingredients proven to protect and nourish.

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   About the author Alyssa Kaye

Alyssa is a young, professional blogger living in Hoboken, NJ. Thanks to her Middle Eastern heritage, Alyssa is no stranger to unwanted hair. She has tried every laser hair removal product on the market in a quest to find the best!

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