What ingredients are used in a depilatory?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Depilatories contain chemicals that break down the keratin (proteins) in your hair, dissolving them. Common chemical ingredients found in depilatories include sodium or calcium hydroxide, titanium dioxide, barium sulfide and calcium thioglycolate.

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