Best Hair Removal Methods For Teenagers
Your 13 year old girl has started developing armpit hair and is looking for the best hair removal method. There are so many hair removal choices for her that she is totally confused. So what are the best ways to remove hair?
The moment your kids hit their teen years they want to start looking their best—perfect and poised—just like those glam models they see on TV and in glossies. But little do they know about the amount of pain they need to endure to get that perfect look, not to mention the unbearable side-effects of some of the most oft-used hair removal methods they use.
Here are a few methods to remove unwanted hair…
Shaving pubic hair: As girls grow into adolescence, they grow sensitive to issues regarding hair growth, not only on the face and arms but also in the private parts. However, though this option has several advantages, it is not without serious disadvantages, such as the risks involved in shaving one’s pubic hair. Teenaged girls, in their eagerness to have a perfect body, may end up hurting themselves by cutting the razor’s edge on sensitive skin.
Shaved hair usually grows back after a couple of days, making a young girl feel very prickly and uncomfortable in her private parts. How will she deal with this in public? Lastly, some pubic hair tends to grow inwards, leading to pimples and skin infections. For these reasons, it is not recommended that teenage girls shave their pubic areas.
Threading: One of the oldest methods of hair removal, threading is a healthy means of hair removal. But for all its many advantages, it is extremely painful and works only flat surfaces and cannot be done on the knees and bikini lines. Further, if a teenager suffers from acne, threading can rupture the pimples. And, of course, it causes folliculitis or inflammation of the hair follicles, and inflammation of the skin and a change in skin pigment.
Laser: No teenager should be allowed to have her body hair be removed by laser. This is a big decision which needs the consent of her parents. Besides, hair removal clinics ask for the parents’ consent if the teenager is under 18 years of age. This is due to the many side-effects of laser technology, such as skin reddening, slow retardation of the hair growth until it finally disappears, swelling in the area under treatment, etc.
Apart from side-effects, it has some obvious disadvantages too, such as the prohibitive cost of sessions for hair removal that is not permanent and long drawn out. Besides, it is not ideal for all skin types or hair textures. It is best for light complexions and dark hair or a combination of both of these.
Overall, hair removal systems—whichever they may be—should not be considered for teenagers as each one has its own serious and not-so-serious side-effects and disadvantages. Except in cases of hirsutism or any such medical problem, teenage girls and boys should avoid these hair removal methods. Take the case of an adolescent female complaining of hirsutism. A study was conducted on this adolescent by Dr. Bailey-Pridham DD, Sanfilippo JS, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Kentucky, USA. The girl’s problem was evaluated and androgens that secrete neoplasms and adrenal pathology were excluded from her line of treatment.
Her minimal treatment included DHEA-S, serum testosterone and prolactin. After administering this, the clinician sought to find out if the testing would improve the subject’s condition. The source of serum androgens was neutralized and the changed steroid physiology was normalized. Further, electrolysis on the existing hair was executed and the teenager was soon brought out of her abnormal hair growth condition.