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Friction Methods of Hair Removal

Removing hair by means of a skin hair friction mitt or other rough substance such as pumice stone is not that common but it can be effective for some. The unwanted hair is gently rubbed off at the skin surface and it takes with it any roughness from the surface of the skin too which has the advantage of removing dull, dry, rough and flaky skin.

Most commercial friction devices resemble strips of fine sandpaper or emery boards which are attached by some kind of temporary adhesive to a mitt. You move the hair remover device in small circles (alternating clockwise and counter-clockwise) over your skin keeping to an area about the size of the mitt and using gentle pressure. There are problems for some who find that the level of pressure required to remove excess hair is too harsh for their skin. Skin should be soothed with a gentle moisturizing lotion after treatment.

Advantages of Friction Methods of Hair removal

  • Quick and easy
  • Relatively inexpensive (costs from $2 to $6 per mitt - cheaper still if pumice stone is used)
  • Readily available
  • Procedure can be carried out at home
  • exfoliates and smoothes skin as well as removing hair

Disadvantages of Friction Methods of Removing Hair

  • Best for very fine hair otherwise you have to rub too hard to remove hair and this will irritate your skin
  • Hair regrows as quickly as shaving
  • May get a dark shadow under the skin where hair roots remain visible
  • Not recommended for sensitive skin
  • Can't be used on irritated or damaged skin areas