Let’s first clarify what exactly is meant by “hair removal”. There are two procedures with similar names – hair removal and depilation. Both are aimed at eliminating unwanted hairs on the body. But there is also a difference: depilation means removing that part of the hair that we see (it is located above the skin), while depilation also removes the hair root. Depilation is painless, and the epilation process sometimes causes discomfort. The result of depilation is noticeable in a matter of days, but having pulled out the hair by the roots, you can enjoy the effect for several weeks. So can pregnant women be epilated or not? To answer this question, let’s consider the most popular home and salon methods of hair removal and depilation and how they can affect the body of the expectant mother.
Salon types of hair removal and pregnancy
A procedure that is performed only in a beauty parlor. The essence of electrolysis is that a thin needle-electrode is inserted into each hair follicle, which acts on it with an electric current, ultimately destroying the hair root. Soreness of sensations depends on the individual characteristics of the organism. Among the disadvantages of this method is the appearance of scars, skin infection. And even if you usually did not feel pain, then, during pregnancy, it is better to stop going to the salon for this procedure: electrolysis is contraindicated for pregnant and lactating women.
Laser hair removal
This type of vegetation removal also involves the destruction of the hair follicle. Only in this case the laser works. On especially sensitive areas of the skin, the sensation of a slight burn is possible, therefore, the bikini area, for example, is often epilated only after applying a special anesthetic. The procedure began to be applied not so long ago, and therefore its effect on the body has not yet been studied. And by the way, laser hair removal has a lot of contraindications. For example, it is better not to carry out laser hair removal in the bikini area for inflammation of the ovaries, candidiasis (thrush), cervical erosion, on the first day of menstruation, etc. The ban on laser hair removal in case of pregnancy is not categorical (as, for example, in the presence of diabetes mellitus, eczema or epilepsy), but relative. This means that you must obtain permission from your gynecologist before the procedure. However, most likely, in a salon that values its reputation, a pregnant woman will still be denied laser hair removal. And they will be right.
In this case, the effect of a light flash on the vessels located near the hair follicle occurs. As a result, the feeding of the hairs stops, and after a while they fall out. The degree of painful sensations during this procedure is different and depends on the individual pain threshold – someone practically does not feel anything, but for someone the discomfort is quite noticeable. To get rid of all hair and get completely smooth skin, you need to come to the procedure regularly, once every 3-4 weeks. After a while (for some it may take a year, for some it may take more), the hair on the treated area finally stops growing. During photoepilation, the skin is exposed to traumatic heat radiation. And if the procedure was carried out in violation of the necessary standards, then burns and age spots may appear. Photoepilation is contraindicated for pregnant women. So if you did not have time to complete the course of photoepilation before pregnancy, you will have to do it after you give birth and finish feeding your baby.
The most painful type of hair removal. In this case, the hairs are removed using a special resin. The pain experienced by the expectant mother can affect the child as well. Although the procedure is considered safe, the skin can be injured and infected. During this epilation, you can get burned or, for example, folliculitis (inflammation of the hair follicles).
In addition, a disappointing expert conclusion was published in one of the journals on dermatology. They concluded that bikini waxing may be associated with an increased risk of STD transmission. Hair removal causes a deficiency of the mucocutaneous barrier, which, in turn, allows viruses to enter the body almost unhindered, for example, through the tools used for epilation, or directly from the beautician. Among the most common viruses transmitted in this way, the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa were found. Thus, waxing for pregnant women, although not prohibited, is strongly not recommended.
Depilation and pregnancy
The easiest and cheapest option. Of course, it also has its own characteristics. While shaving, you can accidentally cut yourself, and skin irritation is possible, which can provoke skin rashes. But these consequences can be minimized. Shower before picking up the shaving razor. During water procedures, the skin will be steamed, its pores will open. Apply a special oil or shaving cream to your skin. Such preparation will make the procedure soft and safe. Of course, there is no question of using other people’s shaving accessories: this is from the field of elementary rules of personal hygiene. In general, despite some inconveniences and disadvantages, shaving as a depilation method during pregnancy significantly outperforms all other methods of getting rid of hair for safety.
The use of a special hair removal cream is absolutely painless. But this method of depilation has its drawback: cosmetics often cause an allergic reaction. She, in turn, is able to influence the course of pregnancy. Therefore, you can use the cream, but with caution. Even if you successfully used a specific brand of cream before pregnancy, after learning about your interesting position, be sure to conduct a test the day before the procedure. Treat a small area of skin with the product. If redness, itching or swelling does not appear within 24 hours, the cream is safe. This test is also required if you intend to use the cream in the bikini area. Indeed, during pregnancy, the hormonal background changes, and the previously used remedies can give an unexpected reaction. Many pregnant women can be confused by the strong smell of the depilatory cream. In this case, you can use a gauze mask. It will also be useful to carefully study the instructions for using the cream – do the manufacturers allow the use of the cream during pregnancy.
Every woman wants to be beautiful and well-groomed, especially while waiting for a child. So the question of which means of getting rid of unwanted hair during pregnancy to prefer is quite natural. In addition, according to our medical rules, upon admission to the delivery table, the bikini area of a woman in labor must be depilated. And if the woman herself did not take care of this in advance, then she will have to do it right in the admission department of the maternity hospital.
The decision about which type of hair loss to choose is ultimately up to the woman. The fact is that no special research has been carried out on this score, and our advice is only advisory in nature. But my opinion is this: depilation – yes, epilation – no… This applies to the entire period of pregnancy. I would especially advise avoiding hair removal methods during the 1st trimester, when the internal organs are just forming. At this time, it is better to take care of everything that can negatively affect the mother and the child, it is necessary to avoid any manipulations associated with pain.
It’s obvious that hair removal during pregnancy is not safe. While waiting for a child, it is better to limit yourself to depilation, and it is better to choose the latter between a depilatory cream and a shaving razor. All the rest, even the most progressive ones, are better left for later.
The same goes for the question of whether pregnant women can have bikini epilation. Of course, you can, but not epilation, but depilation. That is, during pregnancy it is better to limit yourself to mechanical hair removal, wherever. Pregnant women should use cream for bikini hair removal only if you are absolutely sure that there are no unwanted reactions.