How to Stop Chest Hair Growth

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A man is getting laser hair removal on his chest and armpits. (Image: Igor Gratzer/iStock/Getty Images)

For years, bodybuilders, swimmers and cyclists have been known to shave excess body hair on the legs and chest, claiming it can make them faster and lighter. However, removing chest hair has also developed into a vanity-related fashion statement. Models, actors and others now regularly sport baby-smooth chests. Shaving chest hair can be a hassle and painful, which is why products have been developed that stop chest hair growth.

Step 1

Apply a thin layer of hair-inhibitor cream. These creams use certain chemicals to deaden hair follicles and decrease hair growth on the chest, arms and legs. You must carefully apply the cream to sensitive areas such as the chest and follow directions closely to avoid chemical burn.

Step 2

Get a laser hair removal treatment. Laser hair removal sends high-intensity pulses of light into the hair follicles, killing their ability to grow hair. This procedure may take several visits, but the end result is complete inability to grow hair in the treated area.

Step 3

Get electrolysis treatment. Electrolysis consists of a technician inserting a fine needle into the hair follicles and administering small amounts of chemical or heat to kill the follicles, stopping hair growth. This procedure also takes several visits to see the full effects, and it is very costly, but the end result is no more hair growth.

Step 4

Speak with your physician. He can prescribe hair-removal creams or oral medications that will rid your body of unwanted hair. Unfortunately, you can not select the parts of your body where hair growth will stop with an oral medication and may end up losing not only chest hair but leg and underarm hair as well.

Warning

Always do a skin patch test to check for allergies with any creams or gels before applying to your chest.

Do not leave chemical hair inhibitors on your skin for longer than recommended, because it can cause serious chemical burns and scarring.

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