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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Shaving, waxing, tweezing, or hair threading -- no matter the method, the goal is to remove unwanted hair. Hair removal can be temporary, like shaving with a razor or using a depilatory cream. Laser hair removal provides permanent ...

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