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SUGARING – Gentle Hair Removal Endorsed by Dermatologists

By: nimmaco

A recent article published by JAMA Dermatology (Journal of the American Medical Association) has clearly endorsed Sugaring and encouraged Dermatologists to recommend Sugaring as a safe and effective method, especially for those with sensitive skin or unable to tolerate other more traumatic hair removal treatments.

The article cites 2 main methods of hair removal: 

  • Depilation which removes the hair shaft above the skin
  • Epilation which removes hair from the root with the benefit of a longer period before hair regrowth.

The Dermatologists who have presented this review, highlight that Sugaring provides a more cost-effective solution versus other hair removal techniques, while reducing the risk of skin traumatisation and scarring, which they specifically refer to as being caused by shaving and waxing.

Another major plus for Sugaring – which is a totally natural and consists only of sugar, water and lemon juice -  is that it only adheres to the hair and NOT the skin.  Sugaring can therefore be used with much shorter hair of only 1.5 mm ( 1/16 inch) versus waxing where the hair needs to be around 6 mm long or longer ( inch). 

Consequently, Sugaring results in less discomfort and redness after hair removal when compared to waxing.

In addition, Sugaring provides moisture to the skin and is hypoallergenic. Sugar pastes penetrate the hair follicles more easily, removing additional hairs with much less breakage when compared to waxing, and therefore there will be a longer time before hair regrowth. 

Sugaring meets all of the current natural and organic credentials for safe, gentle and effective hair removal. 

This article is best summarised by the additional recommendations from the Dermatologists:

  • “The beauty of Sugaring lies in its simplicity, and the cost effective ingredients further sweeten the deal”.
  • “Sugaring is a safe technique and is ideal for most candidates limited by other hair removal methods.”
  • “Dermatologists should know about this simple technique and be able to inform their patients about this hair removal option.” 

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Article Reference:

Sugaring – Modern Revival of an Ancient Egyptian Technique for Hair Removal.

JAMA Dermatology  June 2016  Volume 152, Number 6