ZocdocAnswersWhat is the best way to get rid of leg hair?

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What is the best way to get rid of leg hair?

What is the best way to get rid of leg hair, especially tough hair on sensitive skin, like in the groin area? I have tried waxing and shaving, but they were both very hard on my skin, and laser surgery is super expensive. Are the chemical treatments safe, or is it true that they can burn you?

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For many women, removing hairs on the legs and in the groin area is an important cosmetic procedure. the doctors who will be well qualified to discuss this issue with you in more detail include your primary care doctor and your dermatologist. There are numerous ways to remove hair in the groin and on the legs. The most commonly used way is simply by shaving. This is safe and inexpensive, but can lead to rashes and other irritation with sensitive skin and also can cause ingrown hairs. Waxing is a very effective way to remove hair, and has the advantage of not causing ingrown hairs and for lasting longer than shaving. However it can be painful. Unfortunately, if you have had sensitivity to waxing and shave, then depilatory creams will likely not be a good option, as they often very irritating to the skin. Your only other options are either electrolysis or laser hair removal. Electrolysis might be less expensive then laser hair removal. As always the management of your particular skin concerns will require a physical examination by your personal physician. Setting up an office visit with your primary care doctor or your dermatologist might be indicated.

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