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Long-term Use of an Epilator

Updated July 19, 2017

An epilator is a body hair removal device that can be used in the privacy of your own home. It consists of a row of tweezers that pull body hairs out by the roots. This procedure results in smooth skin that lasts several weeks longer than shaving.

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Ingrown Hairs

A long-term effect of using a rotary epilator is the increase of ingrown hairs particularly in sensitive areas such as the bikini line. An ingrown hair is a hair follicle that does not emerge from the skin but remains embedded causing inflammation and redness to the affected area. Ingrown hairs that become infected can result in scarring and permanent darkening of the surrounding skin.


Skin irritation is a side effect of using an epilator. The degree of skin redness, blotchiness or rash that occurs varies depending on your skin sensitivity and may last a few minutes to several days with the continued use of a epilator.


Continued use of an epilator results in the reduction of body hair. Hair that does grow back in will be finer in texture.

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About the Author

Jennifer MacPhaden began writing professionally in 1996 creating legal documents and promotional literature for real estate publications in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is currently an Early Childhood Educator with a strong teaching focus on the creation of cognitively enhanced children's stories and curriculum. MacPhaden has a Law Clerk Degree and an Early Childhood Education Degree from Durham College, located in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.

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