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How do creams get rid of unwanted hair?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Hair removal creams, also known as depilatories, contain chemicals that dissolve the keratin -- protein structure -- of your hair. After the keratin dissolves, what remains is weak enough to scrape or rinse away from the skin, leaving a smooth, clean surface.

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