Hair Removal Techniques and Skin Hives

by Anonymous

I have had dermographism for about two years now, though I was just diagnosed a few months ago. Shaving my legs has always bothered me, I think it is the friction from the razor blades. Lately, I have noticed that I get extra bad about two or three days after I shave. I'm thinking it might be from the hair growing back in? I was just wondering if you have any advice for me. I was thinking about waxing, but I am scared it will make my dermographism worse. I am starting to look into laser hair removal or electrolysis. I have no idea what to do. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

I don't think the rash appearing two to three days later is caused by the dermographism. It is probably a razor burn or razor bumps type rash caused by shaving too close or too often in the same area or shaving against the grain. The friction of shaving could cause a dermographism episode to occur immediately or within a short amount of time due to the friction of the razor and pressure on the skin with shaving.

In terms of other hair removal techniques, I am not sure how your skin will react. Everyone is different. What I suggest is that with laser hair removal, electrolysis, or waxing, test a small patch of skin first to see how your body reacts before doing a more thorough hair removal job. You could also take an antihistamine before the hair removal to lessen the effects of any flare-ups. If you do react, chances are the hives will subside a short time later. However, to be sure, just try a small area of your skin first and see how it goes.

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