My chest doesn't get along with hair.
January 27, 2013 3:03 PM Subscribe
I'm moderately hairy in a male eastern European sort of way. I have a thin cover of fine, straight, black hair on my chest. My skin is sensitive, and pretty much at all times I have 2-3 irritated spots.
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This past summer I had the bright idea to try epilation using one of those sparkly SilkEpil devices. Although the pain subsided quickly, I never got satisfactory results. Repeated passes with the device were often required to clear a small area of skin. The epilator seemed to snap individual hairs at skin level, rather than pulling them out at the root. This led to the immediate resurgence of stubble (i.e., no better than outright shaving), lasting irritation, and a big increase in the incidence of ingrown hair. I have since stopped using the epilator, and my skin problems have resolved themselves to their previous baseline level.
I wash with olive oil soap and Cetaphil as fancy strikes me. That is the extent of my "skincare regimen."
How can I take care of the skin on my upper torso to minimize problems? What can I do to get better results from epilation if I decide to try it again?