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Good Health and Bad Medicine:
 Care Of The Skin And Its Disorders - Part 1

 Care Of The Skin And Its Disorders - Part 2

 Care Of The Skin And Its Disorders - Part 3

 Care Of The Skin And Its Disorders - Part 4

 Care Of The Skin And Its Disorders - Part 5

 Care Of The Skin And Its Disorders - Part 6

 Care Of The Skin And Its Disorders - Part 7

 Care Of The Skin And Its Disorders - Part 8

 Care Of The Skin And Its Disorders - Part 9

 Feminine Hygiene

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Care Of The Skin And Its Disorders - Part 2

( Originally Published 1940 )

Hair Removers

The only certain and safe way of removing hair permanently is by means of electrolysis. In this treatment electric current is passed through the hair root, thus destroying the hair at its source. Because extreme accuracy and skill are required, electrolysis should be administered only by experts; if possible, under the direction of a physician.

Of all the other methods or products ballyhooed for permanent hair removal, every one, without exception, either is harmful or has only temporary effect.

Most depilatory creams or powders now contain an alkaline sulfide, which dissolves the hair but unfortunately tends to dissolve the skin as well. Sulfide preparations should be used, if at all, with great care; they are not recommended. They can be recognized by their rotten-egg odor even though perfume is usually added in an attempt to disguise this odor.

X-ray treatments for removal of hair are also dangerous. While X-ray treatments for skin diseases and other afflictions are safe when administered by competent medical experts, they may cause serious burns and perhaps even cancer when used in doses necessary to cause permanent removal of hair. No ethical skin specialist today would think of attempting to treat superfluous hair with X-rays. Since the name X-ray might scare away many potential customers, most unethical, conscienceless or ignorant operators employing it refer to it by some other name. Beware of "systems," "methods" and "short-wave" treatments which claim permanent hair removal.

Pulling hair out with wax or rubbing it away with abrasives (pumice, etc.) may cause irritation and inflammation, especially in persons with delicate and sensitive skins. "Tweezing"—pulling the hairs out one by one—accomplishes the same effect as do the waxes. It may lead to infection unless care is taken to disinfect (see Antiseptics, page g) both the instrument and the site from which the hairs are to be removed.

Unwanted hair, if dark, can be rendered less conspicuous by bleaching with hydrogen peroxide. Add a few drops of household ammonia to an ounce of fresh 3% hydrogen per-oxide, and apply.

Shaving, although only temporary, is the safest method of hair removal.

The following ratings are based on tests made by CU in 1938:


Sulfide Depilatories

Le Gay
Colonial Dames
Neet Cream
Tis-Gon Powder
Del-A-Tone Snow-White
X-Bazin Cream
De Miracle
X-Bazin Powder
De Wans
Zip Cream
Evans' Depilatory Outfit
Zip Powder

Wax-Type Depilatories and Abrasives

Baby Touch
Crozon Plastik
Dawson's Cream
Hollywood Mitt
Electrolysis Apparatus
Rahnee Wonder
Zip Facial Hair Remover

The following are "Not Acceptable" because they are recommended for self-operation, or because of other objection-able claims.


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