What purpose do epilators serve?
Despite the intimidating name, epilators are just another fancy word for a hair removal device. “The purpose of epilators is to offer a form of hair removal that consists of the mechanical grasping of hair follicles and pulling them out. It is somewhat similar to waxing, in that the hair is pulled from the root, and hair regrowth is much slower than compared to shaving,” NYC board-certified dermatologist Dr. Rachel Nazarian explains. Like with most hair removal techniques, using an epilator frequently will bring you closer to permanent hair removal.
How does it work?
“Epilators can be found in many forms, especially over-the-counter for at-home use. Epilators work by running the device over hair-bearing skin slowly, allowing the tip to make contact with the hair follicles, grabbing them and pulling them out,” Dr. Nazarian adds. When using an epilator, you should move the device slowly against the skin to get as close to the hair as possible. “The process is certainly a little bit uncomfortable, much like tweezing would be,” she warns.
Who can use epilators?
There is an epilator for all skin types and shades. But other hair removal methods, like a laser, are not one-size-fits-all. “In contrast, lasers function by targeting melanin found in the hair follicle, transmitting heat to the melanin-containing cells, and then lead to the destruction of the hair root and permanent hair loss.
How do you know what hair removal method is right for you?
“Ultimately, the method of hair removal you choose is a personal choice that takes many aspects into consideration: time consumption, need for continuity, potential pain, cumulative cost, etc,” Dr. Nazarian says. Also, your skin color is also a major factor to consider when deciding which method is right for you. “Depending on your hair and skin color you may also find that some options work better than others. Many with very dark skin, or very light hair, may have more limited options with hair removal methods. Whenever there’s any doubt or uncertainty, feel free to reach out to your board-certified dermatologist to determine what may be the best option, and safest option, for you,” she advises.