Can I Use Hair Removal Cream On My Pubic Area Male? Let’s find out. Yes, there are male pubic hair removal creams that can quickly and easily rid you of your unwanted pubes on your balls and groin.
But, you are understandably still on the fence and wonder if you should. Are these safe enough?
Well, I’ll be honest with you. These creams are not for everybody. It really depends on your skin, but there’s a good chance you’ll be OK as long as you do a patch test first.
Can I Use Hair Removal Cream On My Pubic Area Male
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Is it the only option you have?
No, not at all. I have two more good recommendations. I’d like to discuss all three creams, but let’s first start with something equally important.
The precautions, preparations…Overall, the important information you should know before actually using any cream
Can you use Nair on your balls?
Yes. You just have to use the right kind and follow a few simple rules to make sure you don’t do any damage.
And, for clarity, Nair is the name of a brand of depilatory cream that has become synonymous with all of these products. Like Q Tip means any cotton swab.
So from this point on, I will only call Nair by name when I am talking about that specific brand.
By the way, speaking of the brand – I wouldn’t recommend a Nair cream for your groin. It’s too strong, hence you’re taking quite the risk.
If you want something more Nair-like than Bare Balm, check this hair removal cream. It has decent reviews with before/after photos too. ?
You may have used a hair removal cream in the past. Maybe on your chest or back, and didn’t have any problems.
The issue here is that your balls and the area all around your groin is very sensitive. And the chemicals in those creams are very harsh. Even though it was fine on your chest, it doesn’t mean you can’t burn your balls with it.
Not all skin is the same. If you have a bad reaction, you’ll have to go back to shaving your balls the old fashioned way or check our guide to pubic hair trimmers.
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What to look for in a men’s depilatory cream
Since you are talking about a chemical that literally dissolves your hair, it makes sense to really pay attention to the details of the product you are buying. Remember this thing that dissolves hair is going onto your balls!
Here are a few things to think about before you buy a men’s pubic hair removal cream:
This is how long it takes to work. All the labels will let you know how long you are supposed to leave it on.
So what you need to look for in this case is the longest time. Some will get the job done in 4 to 5 minutes, but this means that it will be very aggressive. Look for ones that take around 8 minutes so you know it works more gently.
You may be tempted to go with something labeled as “Extra Strength” to go nuclear on those pubes. Don’t do this.
Instead look for something that is labeled for sensitive skin. This will have a more diluted solution that will still dissolve the hair, but may take a bit longer to do it. This ties in with the application time.
You can find male pubic hair removal cream that also contains some hydrating agents like shea butter and aloe vera. This will keep your skin from feeling irritated and raw by adding some moisture to the skin afterwards. It also cools your skin down since the chemical that dissolves the hair will leave your skin feeling hot.
How to use a male depilatory cream on your balls
One of the reasons to use a mens pubic hair removal cream is because of how easy it is. It is faster than shaving and can be safer to when used properly.
So this isn’t going to be a detailed how to guide as it doesn’t have many details. The important thing is to use it in a safe manner.
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Do a patch test first
This is very important to do before you commit to using it all over your balls.
You need to see how your skin is going to react in a small area first. This way if you have a negative reaction, you are dealing with a small, localized area that won’t be a big deal if it is painful.
Pick a small area to apply to your groin the day before you plant to depilate. Make sure it is a spot that you can easily see by taking a look at it, or at least is visible in a mirror. Do about a quarter sized area with the cream and leave it for the recommended time.
wipe it away and then wait 24 hours to see how your skin reacts. You may feel like it is ok to do it right away if you didn’t see any negative reaction, but be patient and wait it out. Sometimes your skin may take a while to react so you really need to wait.
The next day take a look at the area and make sure there is no rash or inflammation. Even if it feels ok, you may have a blister there.
Look for a raised bit of skin that may look blistered and burnt.
Touch the area and see if it hurts or feels uncomfortable. If so, then you either shouldn’t use that specific cream and need to look for one that is less harsh, or you simply have to go another route.
Read the directions well
If your patch test went fine and you didn’t have any issues, then you are good to go. I can’t tell you how much you should use or how long you should leave it on as they are all going to be different.
But, what I can tell you is that you need to read the instructions and follow them precisely.
Do not leave the cream on longer than it says! Even if your patch test went well, that doesn’t mean you won’t end up with a chemical burn if you leave it on too long.
Only use as much as directed. You may be tempted to go with more thinking it will work better. But, these companies have done countless tests to see what works and they know best. Let them decide how much to use so you can safely remove your hair.
The shorter your pubic hairs are, the faster and more effective the male pubic hair removal cream will work.
If you trim down your hair first, then you can remove your hair more quickly. This will lead to a much more comfortable experience.
It pays to have the cream on your balls for the least amount of time as possible. Yet, if you get a cream with a shorter application time as I mentioned before, it means that the chemicals are really harsh.
If you have sensitive skin then it really pays to do some preparation work ahead of time.
To take the cream off, the best route is a damp towel. Just literally wipe it all away until the hair is gone and it is dry.
I’ll repeat what I said earlier. Make sure you read the instructions because some brands recommend washing it off while others recommend against that.
Rehydrate the skin
Unless the mens pubic hair removal cream has moisturizers in it, you should make sure you are adding some back into your skin.
Use a lotion that has shea butter or aloe vera. This will soothe the skin while it replenishes the lost moisture after using the cream.
Use some powder
What you do after you use the male pubic hair removal cream is just as important as how you use the cream itself.
No matter how gentle the formula, the skin is going to feel very sensitive and will not be very comfortable as your clothes rub against it.
Using some powder will help keep your skin feeling fresh and protected.
Also, your scrotum will end up sticking to your leg when there is no hair there. This will keep that from happening. You don’t want to get arrested or fired from your job because you keep putting your hands down your pants to continuously adjust!
What are hair removers, and how do they get rid of unwanted fuzz?
Creams. Wax. Sugar. Lasers. We get to the scientific root of depilation
It’s almost summer in the Northern Hemisphere. Temperatures are rising, swimming pools are opening, and bare arms and legs are emerging from winter clothing.
For some people, the start of shorts-and-swimsuit season means it’s time to get rid of body hair. These sunseekers have an array of techniques to turn to: hair removal creams, waxing and sugaring, lasers, and even a good ol’ pair of tweezers. Knowing how the various options work might help you decide which one to use.
Getting rid of body hair is a billion-dollar industry and growing worldwide. But depilatories are nothing new. Evidence indicates that prehistoric cultures used stones and shark teeth as crude razors. Some ancient Egyptians removed hair with tweezers, razors, and pumice stones and ripped it out with wax or sugar pastes, leaving behind only their eyebrows.
Chemical removers have ancient roots too. People living 6,000 to 7,000 years ago in what is now Turkey used hair removal creams made with quicklime (calcium oxide). Likewise, American Indians applied lye to get rid of their body hair, a practice colonists adopted. Bases like lye and quicklime hydrolyze nitrogen-containing amide bonds in hair’s proteins, breaking bristles down. Drain-clog removers work the same way.
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Not every historical hair removal tactic has survived, and for good reason. Inventor Albert C. Geyser successfully marketed a machine in the first half of the 20th century that could permanently remove hair with a dose of X-rays. It was quickly banned once the detrimental health effects of the radiation became apparent. A study in the 1970s attributed a full third of radiation-related cancers in women to devices like Geyser’s.
Today, the hair removal options available at home or at professional salons are safe and—depending on your tolerance—relatively painless.
Creams are a popular option for at-home removal. To understand how these work, you first have to understand hair. Hair is made of fibrous proteins called keratin, twisted like yarn or rope into long bundles. Keratin strands are cross-linked by covalent disulfide bonds and weaker hydrogen bonds. These are depilatory creams’ targets.
The active ingredients in brands Veet and Nair are salts of thioglycolic acid like potassium thioglycolate or calcium thioglycolate in combination with bases such as calcium, sodium, or potassium hydroxide. The bases serve two purposes. They cause the hair to swell, opening its keratin fibers to allow thioglycolate to penetrate. The bases also remove the proton on thioglycolate’s thiol group. Once thioglycolate’s proton leaves, its sulfur atom is free to attack the hair protein’s disulfide bonds. Break enough of those, and the hair degrades completely and can simply be wiped away.
Because of this mechanism of action, chemical hair removers are remarkably selective, studies have shown. Researchers tested Nair on thin, thick, and medium hair, and on cotton, rayon, and polyester fibers. All three strands of hair broke within 10 minutes, but the remover had no effect on the other fibers, none of which contain disulfide bonds.
Other experiments have shown that cream hair removers should have a pH between about 12.0 and 12.5 to make sure the products work quickly but aren’t so caustic that they burn the skin, which has a pH of 4.5–5.5. Dermatologist Meghan Feely says cream hair removers can cause chemical burns for some people. They should be used according to their directions to minimize risk.
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Because these chemicals are so effective, the book is basically closed on finding new depilatory agents, says Heike Hanau, a marketing manager for Merck KGaA, which used to supply calcium thioglycolate for hair removers. But she says chemists are still working to improve depilatories’ smell. One by-product of thioglycolate’s reaction with disulfide bonds is hydrogen sulfide, which smells like rotten eggs.
Waxing is another common method for hair removal that can be done at home or by a professional in a salon. Wax, a mixture of lipids and long alkanes, can come from bees, plants, or petroleum products. The long alkyl chains make the wax a malleable solid at or just above room temperature. For hair removal, the wax is generally heated and spread across the skin. As it cools and hardens, it traps hairs, and when it’s yanked away, it pulls them out or breaks them off.
Sugaring has emerged in recent years as a trendy alternative to waxing. It works by the same principle: Spread a thick paste across the skin, then pull it off, along with some hairs. Sugaring wax, as it’s sometimes called, can be made at home with a recipe candy makers will recognize: Heat a mixture of water, table sugar, and lemon juice to about 120 °C until it turns golden brown, otherwise known as caramelization.
In this reaction, water hydrolyzes table sugar, known to chemists as sucrose, splitting it into glucose and fructose. The acid in lemon juice acts as a catalyst by protonating the oxygen that links sucrose’s two halves, encouraging addition of a hydroxyl group from water. The product, the mixture of hydroxylated glucose and fructose, is known as invert sugar in the food world, and it crystallizes at a higher temperature than sucrose alone, making for a spreadable wax.
Fans of sugaring typically offer two arguments for why it’s better than waxing. First, it allegedly penetrates more deeply into hair follicles for more complete removal. Society of Cosmetic Chemists President Perry Romanowski says there’s no evidence to support that claim. How well it works and how much it hurts mostly come down to the skill of the person pulling the hair, he says. The second claim is that the paste adheres only to dead skin cells, not live ones, reducing irritation when it’s yanked away. American University’s Matthew Hartings, who studies food chemistry and is also a member of C&EN’s advisory board, is doubtful. “I’ve got a lifetime of trying to clean caramel off my hands that calls shenanigans on that,” he says.
And then there are lasers, the newest entrant in the hair-removal game. Professionals train these instruments, tuned to an infrared wavelength absorbed by the pigment melanin, on the hair that needs removing. Melanin gives hair—as well as skin—its color. The absorption heats up the hair, frying it down to its roots beneath the skin. It works best on dark hair against light skin, but experiments have shown that neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet lasers, which can focus more tightly than the diode lasers commonly used, can be effective on dark skin.
Hair-removing lasers require approval by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration before people can use them. Other hair-removing products may also if a bill introduced in the Senate becomes law. The Personal Care Products Safety Act would give FDA many of the same powers to regulate cosmetics that it currently has to regulate food. Companies would be required to disclose the ingredients in their products and give the agency jurisdiction to evaluate whether those ingredients are safe for people to use.
Because hair removal has a long history and most of the methods around today have been used for decades or millennia, depilatory methods are unlikely to change. Which product you prefer to remove a little hair here or there is probably less important than getting out there and enjoying summer.