Tired of Razor Burn? Scared of Waxing? Top 3 Hair Removal Creams for Men
Removing pubic hair for men with hair removal creams — also called the depilatories — have been used successfully for centuries. An effective replacement to shaving (which can cause razor burn) and waxing (which can be painful in the pubic area), pubic hair removal creams for men continue to grow in popularity as a safe, proven method of hair removal.
Hair Removal Creams: Safe Usage
Depilatory creams contain an active ingredient which breaks down proteins in hair shaft. As these proteins are broken down, hair is easily wiped from the skin. Depending on the product, application should last between three and six minutes. Note: it’s important to follow the product specifications closely; the same proteins existing in the hair shaft also exist in the skin, and if the cream is left on too long it can burn or irritate the skin.
Pubic hair is generally thicker and coarser than hair on other parts of the body, so it’s recommended to use the maximum application time for complete pubic hair removal.
The following is a short list of popular depilatories which can remove pubic hair in a matter of minutes.
Nair Pubic Hair Removal Cream for Men
Nair has been around since the 1940s when it was discovered by Dr. Kenneth Nair. Since that time, it has proven to be a safe form of hair removal. Recently, Nair launched a number of hair removal products specifically for men; because men’s hair is generally coarser than women’s, male hair removal products tend to be somewhat stronger (making it doubly important for pubic hair removal).
There should be applied to the skin and left to sit for six minutes. After this time, it can either be washed off in the shower or wiped clean with a cloth. For maximum results, Nair should be applied every 72 hours. It is not recommended to reapply Nair more than once within a 72 hour period.
Hair is removed for 3 to 5 days with Nair, which makes it more effective than shaving, but less effective than waxing. Perhaps the greatest benefit of using air is that it does not leave razor burn, redness or swelling like shaving or waxing.
Veet Hair Removal Cream for Pubic Hair
Veet is similar to Nair in that it uses chemicals — thioglycolic acid and potassium hydroxide — which form potassium glycolate, the active ingredient for dissolving protein bonds in hair.
The application of Veet is roughly equivalent to Nair. The cream is applied over pubic hair for roughly 3 to 6 minutes. Alternatively, you can apply feet, let it sit for two minutes, then enter the shower and thoroughly wash it off. V. contains chemicals similar to waterproof makeup, so it won’t wash off easily in the shower.
It’s recommended to thoroughly wash yourself before applying Veet. It is not advisable to wash your pubic area with soap after using Veet; the pH imbalance can cause skin irritation and redness.
Veet’s results are similar to Nair; pubic hair is removed for 3 to 5 days. Veet can be used every 72 hours; if used more frequently skin irritation and low-level burns are possible.
Pros of Pubic Hair Removal Creams
- No razor burn
- Less skin irritation than waxing
- Longer lasting than shaving
- Quick application
Cons of Pubic Hair Removal Creams
- Can cause burning sensation if used incorrectly
- Less effective than waxing
- More expensive than shaving