9 Best Hair Removals for Sensitive Skin: 2018 Reviews & Guide

Updated 6 years ago

There’s more than one way to remove hair from sensitive skin, but painless methods are the best. Whether you prefer to use a razor, wax, or cream, we listed the top products for your skin here.

To protect yourself from unwanted breakouts and irritation, check the ingredients. If you don’t see perfumes, dyes, and other allergens, test the product on a small spot out of sight. Then if you don’t react badly within 24 hours, it should be safe to move ahead with your new depilatory.

Nads Sensitive Hair Removal Cream

Nads may have a silly name, but they make seriously good hair removal products. Their cream for sensitive skin is designed to keep irritation to a minimum. It’s gentle enough to use under your arms and in your bikini area, but not on your face.

So what’s the advantage to using cream instead of shaving? For one, the cream will dissolve the hair at the root, and that has two bonus effects. One is that it takes longer for hair to grow back. And two, when the hair grows back, it’s softer.

Once you apply the Nads formula, it works in as little as four minutes. And it doesn’t have the strong odor typical of depilatories. Plus, it contains soothing natural extracts of honey, avocado, melon, and aloe vera that soften skin after the hair is gone.

Veet Gel Hair Remover, Sensitive Formula

Veet’s Gel Hair Remover loosens hair at the root so that your skin is smooth in 3 to 5 minutes. The formula has almost no odor. And since it contains Vitamin E and aloe vera, your legs, underarms, and bikini line will feel smooth and stubble-free.

Avon Skin So Soft Fresh & Smooth Sensitive Skin Facial Hair Removal Cream

Avon’s Skin So Soft line has a facial hair removal cream specially made for sensitive skin. It has no fragrance but contains moisturizers like aloe vera and meadowfoam. Meadowfoam is a herbal extract that matches skin’s natural oil, so it keeps breakouts to a mininum.

Once you’ve applied a thick layer, Avon recommends checking after 2 ½ minutes to see if the hair wipes off cleanly. If not, you can leave on the cream for up to eight minutes.

Gillette Venus Embrace Sensitive Women's Disposable Razor

Sometimes there just isn’t enough time to wax or wait for the cream to do the job. Instead, a razor makes that hair disappear in a hurry. But when you have sensitive skin, you need a razor that’s up to the task.

Gillette’s Venus Embrace has five blades for a clean, precise cut. Then, at the top of the razor, it has a ribbon infused with moisturizer to help the blades glide as smoothly as possible across your skin.

Before you use the Venus Embrace, exfoliate your skin first. Then, apply a shaving gel designed for sensitive skin. Finally, when you’re done shaving and out of the bath, apply your favorite moisturizer. These three steps will ensure that you avoid ingrown hairs and razor rash.

Gillette Satin Care Shaving Gel Sensitive

The Gillette Satin Care Shaving Gel is advertised as safe for sensitive skin, but the ingredients list reveals that it contains perfume and propylene glycol. Both of those components are known allergens. But when you combine this shave gel with the Gillette Venus Embrace razor, you’ll get a close shave that leaves your skin feeling soft.

Purean Hard Wax Beans, Natural Lavender Hot Wax Beads

If you prefer to wax away hair, you’ll love Purean’s Hard Wax. It comes in various scents, but the one we reviewed is Natural Lavender. Lavender may smell a little bit like your grandmother, but it’s soothing for skin. And it’s safe to use on your face, your bikini area, and anywhere else on your body.

Hard wax requires you to melt it before you use it. Then, because it’s quite warm to the touch, you’ll probably want to use a spatula to apply it. But on the bright side, once it cools you can simply roll hair off your skin without using fabric strips.

Another bonus of waxing as opposed to shaving or using hair removal cream is that it pulls hair out by the root. After you’ve waxed, it takes longer for your hair to grow back. Waxing will keep hair gone longer than any other method besides laser removal.

Lifestance Wax Warmer Hair Removal Kit with Hard Wax Beans and Wax Applicator Sticks

If you’re excited about waxing at home, get the full kit from Lifestance. It comes with a wax warmer, spatulas to apply the wax, and three different scents of hard wax beans.

The three scents in the kit are chamomile, lavender, and black. That’s good news for users with sensitive skin because chamomile and lavender are calming to skin. Meanwhile, the warmer has adjustable heat settings from 160 to 240°F.

Since this is hard wax, you don’t need strips to pull off hair. Once wax cools, it adheres to each strand. While you roll it, the wax pulls the hair from the root. You can work as quickly or slowly as you need. And the wax is safe for use on any part of your body.

Braun Silk-épil 3 Women's Epilator

If you’re in a hurry, Braun’s Silk-épil is faster than shaving, waxing, or using cream. It’s a rechargeable electric tweezer. Instead of slicing off strands like a razor, it removes hair by roots. If that sounds painful, just know it’s not any worse than waxing. And the Silk-épil has two different speed settings plus massage rollers to make the process more comfortable.

Braun Gillette Venus Silk-Expert IPL 3001 Intense Pulsed Light

When you want to remove hair, but are adverse to pain, try the Braun Gillette Venus Silk-Expert with intense pulsed light. It uses laser pulses to destroy hair at the root. It’s FDA-approved and painless to use. But the long-term effect is that hair grows back slowly or not at all.

Choose from normal, gentle, or extra gentle modes and the Silk-Expert will adapt its power to your skin’s tone. This feature avoids creating discolorations.

Finally, when you invest in the Gillette Venus Silk-Expert, you’ll avoid paying for spa and salon treatments but get a tool designed to last for more than a decade of full-body depilation.