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How Much Do These Hair Removals Methods Really Hurt?

Posted by Ann V. On 2016 Aug 27th

How Much Do These Hair Removals Methods Really Hurt?

Hair removals like waxing, shaving, sugaring and laser hair removal are used to remove unwanted hair from the skin. However, they may cause pain as it is all about stripping off the hair. Let’s see which hair removal method can make you scream “ouch”.

Having dark or coarse hair on the arms, legs and visible areas are nightmare for women, especially if you are dedicated to the beauty of your skin. From simple and DIY methods like waxing, shaving, and sugaring to advanced and professional method like laser hair removal, there are many ways to keep your skin free of unwanted hair. They remove the hair from your skin for a particular period of time, depending on the method you use.

But pain is something that may concern you while you undergo the hair removal. Some hair removal hurts you less while some may make scream. Here we have reviews each hair removal on the basis of their pain factor.


One of the common hair removal, shaving is done with a razor. It cuts off the hair at skin level to minimize their visibility.

Pain Factor:

Since shaving cuts off the hair instead of pulling them off, it doesn’t hurt. But the risk of cut or nick is always there with improper handling or gliding razor blade. Besides, it may causes post shaving issues like burns and rashes which can be treated with after shave lotion or moisturizers.

Depilatory Creams:

Depilatory cream is one of the simple hair removals and dissolves the hair at skin level. They are applied to the desired skin path and left for a few minutes. They are wiped off afterwards. However, depilatory creams don’t work on coarser hair. On the top of that, their odor may irritate you.

Pain Factor:

Depilatory creams only cause tingling sensation which is tolerable. If you are feeling strong burning sensation, it may be a sign that the cream is allergic to your skin. In this case, wash the cream off immediately. Choose the cream that goes well with your sensitive skin.


Waxing is a popular hair removing method. It is done by applying hot wax to the skin with the help of strips. The wax sticks to the hairs. Then the strip is pulled off which in turn pulls the hair out with it. It is preferred for its efficiency over the larger parts of the body like legs and torso. Make sure to keep your hair an inch long so that the strip can have a good hold on them.

Pain Factor:

Waxing does hurt, given that it pulls off the hair. Then, the hot wax may cause sensation. In fact, many women are not easy with the pain caused by waxing. It is somewhat like you are pulling off your hair using bandages. Luckily, the pain can be minimized by keeping the following things in the mind:

  • Do waxing after your PMS
  • Exfoliate your skin a night before the process
  • Avoid taking caffeine
  • Take painkillers
  • Apply numbing cream to desensitize the skin (we will explain it later in this blog.)


Sugaring is similar to waxing. As the name implies, the process is done using sugary lotion which sticks to the hair. Once it dries, a strap is pulled off.

Pain Factor:

Sugaring is not a breeze. It is as painful as waxing.

Laser Hair Removal:

Laser hair removal is the most effective and expensive way to remove unwanted hair. The hairs don’t come back for a long time. For that time, you have a great saving of time and money on waxing, shaving cream, or depilatory creams in the long run.

A concentrated beam of laser is aimed towards the skin to destroy the follicles which in turns affect hair growth. It successfully removes hair from the areas like chin, arms, face and the rest of the body. Laser can keep your skin free from unwanted hairs for several months to years (as the result varies from person to person).

Pain Factor:

Laser hair removal does hurt due to the intense laser beams falling on your skin. Many people reported that they feel pain in laser technique as if someone has snapped a rubber band on your skin. It is also determined by skin area to be treated with laser hair removal. For example, the process most hurts at underarms, bikini line, legs and back.

Use Numbing Creams to Make Your Hair Removal an Ease:

So, most of the hair removals listed above are painful. You can manage the pain with utmost care and following precautions.

However, numbing cream is the best way to keep the pain out of the process. It is a topical anesthetic which dulls the pain receptors, thereby desensitizing the skin. As a result, you don’t feel the sensation while the process is going over your skin.

Looking for an effective numbing cream? Look no further than Dr.Numb ®.

Dr.Numb ® is the widely recommended cream by dermatologist and aestheticians for all skin processes including hair removals. The cream contains 5% lidocaine and keeps your skin numbed for an hour or two. Dr.Numb® is approved by Health Canada and FDA, meaning that it is safe for the skin.

How to Use Numbing Cream for Hair Removal?

  • Use mild soap and water to clean your skin. Pat it dry with a towel.
  • Then, apply a thick layer of numbing cream on the skin and rub it well.
  • Cover it with a plastic wrap to generate the heat
  • You must wear the cream for 40 to 45 minutes before the process.
  • Remove the cover.

(Your skin will be numbed in 20-30 minutes of application.)

(Note: Please read the instructions given on the pack before using numbing cream for laser hair removal.)