Depilatory creams

Hair removal creams, also known as depilation creams, are chemical products used to remove unwanted body hair. These creams contain chemical agents that dissolve the keratin structure of the hair, allowing the hair to be easily removed from the surface of the skin without the hair root to influence. This makes hair removal with depilatory creams painless compared to methods like Grow or Epilate.

Mode of action

The main active ingredients in depilatory creams are usually thioglycolates (such as calcium thioglycolate or potassium thioglycolate), which break the disulfide bonds in the keratin the hair breaks up. This process weakens the hair to the point where it dissolves and can be easily removed with a spatula or by rinsing with water. The application time can vary depending on the product, but is typically between 5 and 10 minutes.


  • Painless : Unlike other hair removal methods like waxing, using depilatory creams is painless.
  • Simplicity : The application is simple and can be done conveniently at home.
  • Smooth skin : The creams usually leave skin smooth because they dissolve the hair directly on the surface of the skin.

Disadvantages and precautions

  • Skin Irritation : Chemical agents may cause skin irritation, redness, or allergic reactions in some people. It is recommended to perform a patch test before first use.
  • Odor : Many hair removal creams have a strong, unpleasant chemical smell.
  • Short-term results : Because hair is only removed from the surface, it grows back faster than methods that remove hair at the root.
  • Not suitable for all body areas : Hair removal creams may not be suitable for sensitive areas such as the face or bikini area, depending on the product instructions.

Application tips

  • Always do a patch test to ensure there are no allergic reactions or skin irritations.
  • Follow the instructions on the packaging carefully, especially the recommended exposure time, to avoid skin damage.
  • Do not use the cream on broken or irritated skin.
  • After use, rinse the skin thoroughly and apply a moisturizing lotion to soothe the skin.

Depilatory creams can be a convenient option for quickly and painlessly removing unwanted hair, but it is important to follow proper application and precautions to avoid skin irritation.

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