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First of all, I would like to answer a few questions in this thread. Turmeric and milk (or ghee) is an age-old remedy for skin conditions. It's been around for about 5,000 years. It doesn't remove hairs permanently, however.

Lemon juice is great for the skin. But it likewise doesn't remove hairs permanently.

And thankanam powder is tricky. On fair skin, it can leave scars. I've seen one case of a really nasty scar after use of this usually safe remedy.

So if you want to get rid of unsightly hair, what can you do? Here are some suggestions.

  1. Shaving with a razor. This method is effective, but the hair starts growing back immediately. On brown or black skin, in-grown hairs caused by shaving too close can morph into nasty cystic acne.
  2. Plucking and tweezing. The hairs you pluck or tweeze, one at a time, come back, but they usually come back a little thinner. The downside to plucking and tweezing is that the skin can turn dark, sometimes permanently dark, where you have removed the hair, and infection is a possibility.
  3. Home waxing. By all means, use a product that comes with the anesthetic "calming" strips, the kind you use before you apply the wax, not after. (There is a brand that has what amounts to anesthetic underwear you put on for a while before you do a home Brazilian.) You have to have about 2 mm (1/10 of an inch) of hair for the wax to attach to, and the procedure isn't permanent. It's about a once-a-month thing.
  4. Sugaring. This is a kinder, gentler alternative to waxing--that won't work unless you apply the "sugar" in the opposite direction of hair growth. If you sugar hair on a regular basis, it may not grow back, but that's because of damage to the hair follicles that can leave tiny scars or freckles.
  5. "Spa clays" and depillatory creams. You put the product on the hairy spot and then rinse the hair away. No pain, also good for about a month. But they smell like Mr. Clean, strongly of ammonia, and you will need to moisturize your skin after you wash off the hair or you'll remove flaky skin, too.
  6. Electric shavers. You can get a surprisingly close shave from some models, but there is always the problem of razor itch, and you have to repeat the process every few days.
  7. Electrical roll-on waxers. Not quite as painful as waxing strips, but the directions are usually hard to follow.
  8. Home electrolysis hair removal. This is usually a permanent hair removal method--but it hurts, and you can only remove one hair at a time.. If it hurts a lot, however, you don't have the needle in the right place.
  9. Intense pulsed light. These devices use bright red and/or blue lights to "zap" hair follicles. It usually takes 7 to 10 treatments to remove all the hair from an area of skin and the hair grows back in about a year. But the light also treats acne.
  10. Home laser hair removal. For a little under $500, you can buy an FDA-approved laser unit for home hair removal that is about 70% effective. Some hair will grow back after each treatment, but not a lot. But not everyone can use it. If you have dark brown or black skin, it can cause scarring. If you have blond hair, the hair will just stay in place, because the laser won't heat it up enough. Pain is less than with other methods.

It's best to think in terms of "hair management" rather than hair removal. Even your dermatologist isn't likely to remover 100% of hair with a single treatment. You are likely to have to make hair removal an ongoing project, although some methods are a lot less painful than others.

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