Got unwanted hair? Well, you're not alone. You want to keep all the hair you can on your head, but that mess of matted hair on your back? Sometimes it can be a bit much. So can shaving. Razors often lead to ingrown hairs and other such issues. And that’s before mentioning the constant upkeep and the sheer time of the endeavor.
Eventually, you’re going to look at depilatory creams. You may as well admit it now. And then it’s best to inform yourself about hair removal cream for men. Not paying attention to the warnings could lead to serious skin complications. And, we’re not making that up.
You may be wondering:
How do hair removal creams work? Typically, you’ll find a primary or perhaps a small combination of active ingredients in the best hair removal creams for men (or women). The biggie is Potassium Thioglycolate. It doesn’t matter if you can pronounce it, we promise it's effective.
The mechanism of this compound is far more important. A hair removal cream dissolves the disulphide bonds between keratin proteins in the hair shaft. It will keep the follicle intact which means your hair will grow back (there is no completely permanent hair removal cream).
Essentially, the key ingredients there transform the proteins in your hair into jelly. Then, you wipe them away and rinse the entire area as quickly and thoroughly as you can.
Sounds good, right? Well, there’s something else you should know about even the best hair removal for men products. Your skin and hair are made of the same amino acids and proteins. Leave the hair removal cream on too long and your skin will turn to jelly as well. Yes, that’s called a chemical burn.
Anyone is susceptible to nasty side effects from such creams. Sorry. That’s why this list is so tiny. We spent over 30 hours looking for the creams that are least likely to create problems for their users. And even those on the list should be patch tested before being used on a large area of your body.
Let me explain:
If hair removal creams were inherently unsafe, you wouldn’t be able to find them so readily. As long as they’re used properly, you can expect the results you’re after, not a trip to the emergency room. But, we’re going to qualify that. In addition to reading the instructions completely and following them to the letter of the law, you need to do a patch test. We know you don’t want to do this, but you really must. Some skin types experience adverse reactions even when following instructions.
In this case, a patch test involves applying a small amount of cream to a small corner of your skin. Avoid areas that are overly sensitive and preferably somewhere you can reach or rinse quickly. Work the cream on as directed, then follow protocol to remove it. Wait a full 24 hours before determining that you haven’t had a reaction.
Of course, be ready to rinse and wash skin thoroughly if you sense pain, burning, or obvious signs of a reaction. Remember… chemical burns. As a side note, and perhaps it should go without saying, but you don’t want to leave hair removal creams on your skin any longer than needed or directed.
What's the bottom line?
When a grooming product requires such specificity, it’s important to look at any and every aspect of it before making a decision. And in order to make your life easier, we at Faveable did this for you. We spent hours upon hours researching products and reading reviews to find the top hair removal products available.
And now, it’s time to see how you can get rid of that unwanted hair!
This particular product is formulated for black men - and that's for biological reasons. If you have a compatible skin type (regardless of the color), this is definitely going to provide you with a closer shave than a razor - and you'll be free of those awful ingrown hairs.
On the other hand, it can be a little too strong for some skins and be careful when using it near your junk. Seriously.
There's an interesting combination of ingredients in this hair removal product, including Thioglycolic Acid. You will, however, find a fair amount of shea butter, which is brilliant for keeping skin happy and healthy.
How to use it: This product should be applied in an even layer, but there's no need to work it into your skin (nor should you). After four minutes, do a test by rubbing a little off with a soft cloth or tissue. You can leave this hair removal cream on your body for as long as seven minutes. The manufacturers do suggest wiping product off, rather than scraping. Then rinse and pat dry.
Who can use it? Interestingly, this product is designed for black men - and specifically for use on beards. But, it has a much broader appeal than that. Women use it, as do men of every skin shade.
Where can you use it? It's made for beard hair but you can use it just about anywhere on your body. Yes, anywhere. Now, before you grab a tube of this hair removal cream and begin slathering it all over your genitals, please remember to do a patch test. While it is rather gentle, that part of your body is remarkably sensitive. Just imagine the consequences.
There's a lovely, minty smell to this product. It's far better than most on the list.
Hardly! You'll pay about $5.50 for the tube and less than $1 per fluid ounce.
Listen, this product is one that you really need to consider if you're after hair removal cream for men to remove hair from the more sensitive areas of your body. It's designed for black men's beards but it is amazingly gentle so you can use it in more places - and it can be used by more people. That said, if you're looking to get rid of a lot of hair from the larger parts of your body (back, chest, etc.), this isn't going to perform as well as others on the list. But it's totally worth it for the areas you do need it for.
This men's hair removal cream is extra strength and specially formulated for guys with coarse body hair.
You'll want to take another shower as the smell of this product isn't wonderful at all.
As with any best hair removal cream for men (or women) this one contains Potassium Thioglycolate. It also contains a fair amount of aloe vera which is always a good thing.
How to use it: This is an awesome product that applies relatively easily and works wonderfully quickly. Use your hand to smooth it onto dry skin. You want to cover the hair with a thick, even layer. After four minutes (yes, four), remove a small amount with a tissue to see if it has done its job yet. After ten minutes, wipe away all the cream, then rinse the entire area well. Dry and go!
Who can use it? Again, this is a hair removal cream for men, but there's nothing stopping ladies from using it.
Where can you use it? This is another one that should not be used on your genitals or face. Really, we can't warn you enough about that.
It's about as strong and powerful as you can get. And, we're a little sad about that since we love everything else about this product.
The bottle itself is less than $10, but it doesn't last as long as we would like. That said, it does work out to a little less than $1.25 per fluid ounce, which makes it a strong contender.
If you battle with super coarse chest or back hair, this is the cream you want to use. It's almost a bonus that this hair removal cream for men could work in as little as four minutes. But, let's face it - thick hair generally needs a little more time than that. You shouldn't leave it on for longer than ten minutes, though. And, you won't want to, because it's not terribly pleasant smelling. Still, it gets the job done. (Of course, you will need to get over the name Nad's first.)
This is one of the fastest and most effective means of removing body hair. After just three steps, your skin will be hair free and feeling incredibly smooth.
There is a bit of a strong scent with this hair removal cream... and some users report issues with sensitive skins.
As with all the good ones, this formula contains Potassium Thioglycolate to release the hair from its follicle. There's actually a rather long list of ingredients enclosed in every bottle. Sadly, fragrance and alcohol tend to feature prominently on it.
How to use it: There's a little spatula enclosed in this package of men's hair removal cream. You'll use the curved part to apply the product (and make sure to coat the hair evenly, for your own sake). You'll use the wider, narrower side of the spatula to remove the cream. Start with a test after three minutes, though you can leave it for as many as six minutes if your hair is terribly stubborn (and you don't experience an adverse reaction). But don't leave it on any longer than that. Then, rinse thoroughly with water and dry your skin.
Who can use it? This is Veet's hair removal cream for men. Women could use it if they wanted to, but Veet has plenty of products for women, so there's really no need for women to go this route.
Where can you use it? Everywhere except your face, genitals, and perianal areas. Take this as a serious caution; you don't want it in your crack or on your junk; you really, really, really don't.
Shwew, this is strong stuff. It smells like chemicals; that's not terribly surprising considering there are a lot of them in the formula.
Nope, but it's not exactly cheap either. A bottle costs a little less than $13 and a fluid ounce costs about $1.85. That's a little on the pricy side, but this formula is quite strong.
We rather like Veet's hair removal cream for men. It's strong and powerful. But, it's not nearly as good as the sensitive formula on this list. Of course, it also works harder, but also comes with a rather strong odor. You'll need plenty of ventilation when using this product.
The thick formula has an improved manly fragrance and it works like a charm. Plus, it stays on in the shower until you're ready to do something about it.
This product can cause a little bit of skin irritation; it's really not recommended for sensitive skin (or, perhaps, sensitive areas).
The active ingredient here is Potassium Thioglycolate - so you know it's going to work. It also has some aloe, but sadly, a little bit of alcohol too.
How to use it: This hair removal cream works in as little as three minutes, and you should certainly expect serious results in ten minutes. Cool, eh? You'll need to apply this Nair product to dry skin. You're working towards a thick, even layer, but you definitely do not want to work it into your skin (or you can expect some negative results). Wash your hands immediately after application and then wait at least a minute before showering.
Who can use it? This is specially formulated for men, though the active ingredients aren't going to negatively affect women.
Where can you use it? This is great for both large and small areas, especially where the hair is quite coarse and thick. That said, you really don't want to use it on your face or those precious private parts. Seriously, don't try it.
There's a masculine scent behind the smell of chemicals. And, it's definitely not one of the worst-smelling hair removal products on the market.
Unless you need to use this constantly and all over your body, it's not going to cost you a fortune. You'll pay less than $15 for the bottle (which has a convenient pump) and that works out to a little more than $1 per fluid ounce.
This product gave us a lot of reasons to recommend it to men. It's got a lot going for it and not so much working against it. If you have particularly thick hair you need to remove, it should be on your list.
All in, we think this is a terrific hair removal cream for men. If it wasn't as likely to irritate skin or you could use it down there, we'd probably have put this in the number one spot. That said, it works well and it works quickly. It's truly not a bad buy if you don't battle with sensitive skin.
This specially designed formula offers men and women plenty of Aloe Vera and Vitamin E. They're the ingredients that maintain and restore your skin's natural hydration levels.
Sadly, this doesn't work terribly well on strong, thick hair. You'll need to use too much of it for areas with extreme hair. Sorry.
The active ingredient in this hair removal cream is Potassium Thioglycolate. You'll also find Aloe Vera and Vitamin E. Your skin loves those ingredients, which maintain skin's natural softness. Combine all these ingredients and you've got a winning combination.
This hair removal cream works quickly; you could be hair-free in as little as five minutes. It's truly an amazing combination of powerful and gentle hair removal. You must read the instructions before using (especially on those sensitive parts of your body), but you can use it as often as you feel the need. Luckily, it comes in a pump bottle with a spatula for easy application and removal.
Both men and women can use this product, which is a bonus. However, the bottle is deceptively feminine.
It's not recommended for use on your face, though plenty of men report using it for manscaping down there without any problems. That said, you should always do a patch test before embracing widespread application.
You aren't faced with an overpowering scent here. But, you can't expect a hair removal cream to smell particularly pleasant, can you?
This is super affordable. You should be able to get it for less than $8. Most users score this incredible product for under 67 cents per fluid ounce. Really, that's not bad at all.
Hair removal creams like Nair and Veet promise quick, no-fuss hair removal. Simply put, the strong chemicals in the removal creams burn your body hair until it falls out on its own. Seems simple and effective, right?
Well, it all depends on the type of cream you use, as well as your body hair. Hair that is very thick, coarse, and long may not be as effectively removed as short, thin, and delicate hairs. If you're not careful, the creams can irritate or even burn your skin.
The good news is that the latest versions of the more popular hair removal creams no longer have such an overpowering odor, thanks to the removal of two chemicals (sodium hydroxide and calcium thioglycolate) from the formula. They're paired with milder, often pleasant scents that can make the removal process safer and less nauseating. However, the chemicals used in the new formulas are equally effective and can remove hair in anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes. There are even water-resistant and hydrating hair removal creams that improve skin health while eliminating body hair.
To answer the question: yes, hair removal creams definitely work!
Hair removal creams are quick and easy, but shaving is one of the cheapest and most reliable methods for getting rid of body hair. Both only remove the visible hairs, leaving the roots intact. So which is better? Should you shave or use Nair/Veet to get rid of body hair?
Let's take a look at the pros and cons of each:
Pain – We've all nicked ourselves shaving, no matter how careful we are. With hair removal creams, however, it's a relatively pain-free process—provided we follow the instructions precisely. Hair is dissolved in a few minutes, leaving you hairless with minimal risk of pain.
Winner: Hair removal creams.
Results – Shaving will keep you smooth and hair-free for around 2-3 days, depending on your hair growth rate. Hair removal creams give you results that last a little longer, around 3-5 days.
Winner: Hair removal creams.
Ease of Use – We don't know about you, but we at Faveable would be VERY wary about bringing any sort of blades near our private parts. Shaving armpits and other body parts is no problem, but the truth is that hair removal creams are much easier to use. Simply apply, let it sit, and wash off after the required time.
Winner: Hair removal creams.
Side Effects – With shaving, the worst side effect you can expect is a bit of razor burn or the occasional nick. Hair removal creams, sadly, have a few more effects. People with darker hair may end up with a dark shadow (five o'clock shadow) as well as dark spots on the skin. The chemicals may also irritate very sensitive skin, leading to rashes and skin irritation.
Cost – I pay about $15 for a 5-pack of Gillette Mach-3 razors, which can last up to 3 months. Compare that to a bottle of Veet, which costs close to $10 and lasts for 3-5 applications.
Odor –This is one where shaving wins hands down thanks to the simple fact that razors don't have a strong chemical odor. There are hair removal creams that don't have an overpowering chemical odor, but even the "mildest" options have a strong smell.
Winner Overall – I'd have to give the edge to hair removal creams. Though I'm not a huge fan of the high costs and strong smell, the ease of use, longer-lasting results, and reduced risk of pain make it the better short-term hair removal choice.
Hair removal creams and shaving are just two of the methods you can use to get rid of body hair. Below, we've listed a number of other hair removal methods from most to least effective.
Laser Hair Removal – As expected, laser hair removal ranks at the top of this list. Not only does it eliminate all body hair, but it's a fairly efficient and quick-acting hair removal method. There's minimal pain and you may even see skin rejuvenation benefits (depending on the laser).
On the downside, not all lasers work for all skin and hair types. Some people are ineligible for laser hair removal because they have grey, red, or blonde hair. Lasers can also leech pigment from the skin, leading to visible white spots. It's also VERY expensive!
Epilating – Epilators are designed to pluck all your body hairs out by the roots, and the machines can power through your body hair with surprising efficiency. It's one of the cheapest hair removal methods, one that slows hair regrowth and keeps your body hair-free for longer than shaving and hair removal creams.
It can be slightly painful, but the body adapts to the pain over time. However, the hair will regrow after a few days/weeks, and the en masse plucking can be exceptionally painful around your private parts.
Waxing – It may seem odd to find waxing ranked so highly, but the truth is that it's one of the most efficient hair removal methods. With just one or two passes of wax strips, you can yank all the hairs out by the roots. Waxed hairs take much longer to grow back.
In some places, waxing can cause skin damage, as it removes the top layer of skin. It's definitely safe for body hair removal, but not so much for dealing with facial hair. It can also be fairly painful, especially if done incorrectly!
Eflornithine Hydrochloride Cream – This is a prescription cream that is highly effective at dealing with unwanted facial hair specifically. The chemicals in the cream can actually slow down hair growth, and it can reduce the need for other hair removal products.
Sadly, it's a pricey cream, and the risk of side effects—including temporary redness, folliculitis, and skin rashes—is fairly high.
Threading – This method of removing hair using threads has been around for millennia, and it's one of the most tried and true options. The risk of skin damage is minimal and hair removal, though time-consuming, can be very thorough.
However, it can be pricey to undergo regular threading sessions, and it's really only suitable for small patches of hair at a time. The pain level is also much higher than with other hair removal methods!
Electrolysis – Electrolysis is the ONLY hair removal method that can be considered permanent, as it causes damage to the hair follicles to prevent them from regrowing hair. For those who are ineligible for laser hair removal, electrolysis provides a back-up option for getting rid of their unwanted body hair.
However, modern lasers have replaced electrolysis, and they're much safer, cheaper, and less painful. The risk of scarring, hyperpigmentation, and even skin infection is much higher with electrolysis.
And, of course, down at the bottom of the list (read: the least effective overall), we have hair removal creams and shaving. The above-mentioned hair removal methods offer longer-lasting results, as well as more efficient hair removal. In the case of epilators, the cost of removing hair is even lower than with razors and hair removal creams!
Hair removal creams, also known as "depilatory creams", are easy to use to get rid of body hair, but you run the risk of damaging your skin if you're not careful. It's vital that you know how to use it correctly, so we've come up with a list of tips to help you:
Know your Skin and Hair Type – Always know what you're working with before you shop for hair removal creams. Some creams are formulated for coarse, thick, and dark hair, while others are better for light, fine, blonde hairs. If you have sensitive skin, you'll need to buy a cream made with a gentler formula. In some cases, people with very sensitive skin should just stick with shaving instead of risking irritations! The hair also needs to be between stubble length and a quarter inch for the hair removal cream to work effectively.
Read the Instructions THOROUGHLY – Don't rush into the hair removal process, but take the time to read each line of instructions on the bottle/package carefully before applying the hair removal cream. Trust me, it can save you a lot of pain and discomfort caused by leaving the cream on for too long, or multiple applications because you washed off the cream before it had a chance to work.
Try a Patch Test – Use different creams on your skin to find out which will cause the least/greatest amount of irritation. Daub cream onto a patch of your skin, and monitor it for any irritation or redness. You can also test various hair removal creams like this to find out which will deal with body hair more effectively.
Exfoliate First – Exfoliate no less than 24 hours before applying hair removal creams, as that will help to eliminate ingrown hairs.
Get the Right Type – Hair removal creams aren't a "one size fits all". The creams you use on your legs or underarm may be too harsh for your bathing suit area, and facial creams may not be as efficient for body hair. Buy creams according to the body locations you're going to use them.
Apply in the Direction of Hair Growth – This may be easier said than done on body parts where hair grows in both directions, such as your underarms. Try to go with the hair growth direction, as that will maximize the cream's effect.
Wipe Gently – When you're trying to remove the hair removal cream, don't rub, as that will push the chemicals into your skin. Instead, use a warm washcloth to wipe the cream from your skin as gently as possible. Move in the opposite direction of hair growth.
Rinse and Pat – Rinse off the last of the cream, and pat your skin gently dry with a clean, soft towel to get rid of any traces of water and cream. Rubbing your skin or toweling off roughly will only increase skin irritation.
Give Your Skin a Break – Do NOT apply hair removal creams on a daily basis. It's recommended you wait at least 24 to 48 hours between applications, as that gives your skin time to recover. All bottles come with a recommendation of how long to wait before using again.
Take Care of Your Skin and Hair – Wear loose, flowing clothing for 24 hours after applying the creams in order to reduce skin irritation and ingrown hairs. Avoid tanning, sunbathing, or swimming for those 24 hours as well, and stay away from scented deodorants, creams, and other beauty products.
We've all heard the horror stories of people burning their privates with hair removal creams intended for use on their legs, back, and underarms. So, the question has to be asked: should you use hair removal cream on your sensitive body parts? Can you give yourself a Brazilian with Veet or Nair?
The answer: yes, but you have to make sure it's the RIGHT cream.
There are certain hair removal creams formulated specifically for use on your private parts—such as Nair Bikini Cream or Nair Glides Away Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Cream. They are made with less potent chemicals and contain more soothing, hydrating, and moisturizing ingredients than other body-oriented creams. They will be less harsh and gentler on your private parts. The leave-on time will also typically be shorter—3 to 7 minutes, depending on hair type.
Don't worry guys: bikini hair removal creams can work for your "Down Under" as well. You'll find the gentler formulas can protect "the gentlemen" and reduce the risk of burns, irritation, and redness.