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A Topical Anesthetic May Increase Your Comfort During Permanent Hair Removal

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Topical anesthetics

If you have unwanted hair, you know that hair removal can be painful, regardless of the method you choose. Fortunately, electrolysis hair removal, unlike those other methods, is permanent – so there is an end in sight! Electrolysis might also feel uncomfortable, but there are ways to reduce the discomfort.

There are all sorts of tricks to manage pain, but if you want something more straightforward, you and/or your electrologist can use topical anesthetic creams, gels, or sprays, to help your treatments be as comfortable and pain-free as possible. Regulations for the strength of topical anesthetics and whether your electrologist can directly provide them vary from state to state, so ask your electrologist what they recommend.

What are topical anesthetics and how exactly do they help?

Most of these creams, gels, and sprays contain a medicine called lidocaine, which is a common numbing agent. Usually, the amount of lidocaine will be 4 to 5 percent. The topical anesthetic is applied directly to the skin. Once the lidocaine has numbed the area,  it is then wiped off for the electrolysis treatment. Many clients who use lidocaine anesthetics describe feeling much less pain and discomfort during electrolysis.

While many creams, gels, and sprays with lidocaine are available over the counter, some are only available by prescription. These may be higher strength or combine a mixture of lidocaine and other numbing agents, such as prilocaine, benzocaine, or tetracaine. Different numbing agents can last for different lengths of time, so the numbing effect lasts longer and/or takes effect more quickly than with lidocaine alone. Again, regulations for these products vary by state, so ask your electrologist what they recommend and where you can get it.

Occlusion

Electrologists sometimes also recommend occlusion, which just means placing an airtight plastic dressing, such as a cling wrap, over the topical anesthetic and your skin. This keeps the anesthetic closer to your skin, which makes absorption more efficient and enhances the numbing effects. It helps to make sure there are no wrinkles or creases in the occlusion, and to use transparent plastic dressings, to ensure the cream, gel, or spray stays in the desired area.

Everyone’s body chemistry is different, so topical anesthetics can work differently from person to person. Still, many clients report significantly less pain with use of these products, so if you are finding your permanent hair removal treatments uncomfortable, a topical anesthetic might be worth a try. Ask your electrologist if they think you might benefit from use of a topical anesthetic.

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Six Simple Tricks For Pain Management

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Pain hurts. If you’ve ever plucked your eyebrows or located the coffee table in the dark with your shin, this goes without saying.  The medical world is filled with prescriptions and therapies to treat it, but what can we do ourselves to relieve pain? Is there anything cost-effective and, well, effective? Yes, there is!

Here are six intriguing, amusing, and scientifically-supported ways to deal with pain.

1. Laughing

What happens when you cross a comedian, Aesop, and an electrologist?
“So, did you hear the one about the Tortoise and the Hair (Removal)?”

Alright, that joke itself might have been painful.

Laughter can actually relieve pain, though. Researchers at Oxford University discovered that when hospital patients watched funny videos, they relied less on pain medication. Here’s why: When you laugh (a real, belly laugh, not forcing a polite chuckle to placate your coworker’s unfunny story you’ve heard a thousand times) your brain releases endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller.

Finding the humor in hurting is easier said than done, of course. Luckily, modern technology keeps us instantly connected, so next time I have a back ache or walk into a lamp post while texting, I can look up some funny videos that might help me feel better enough to laugh at myself. And I might even remember to text more carefully next time. Maybe.

2. Apple Scents

As the saying goes, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Most people don’t realize that smelling the apple can have the same effect as eating one. Eating an apple works too, since smell and taste are closely connected.

Migraine-sufferers in Chicago had an opportunity to participate in a study, which found that smelling the aroma of green apples reduced the amount of they pain they felt. The jury’s out about whether the smell distracts from the pain, actually relaxes muscles, or both, but however it works, it works.

3. Swearing

It may not win you any points on live television or in front of young children and their parents, but cursing like a sailor can reduce pain.

UK psychologists asked study participants to keep their hands in cold water. One group said a swear word while their hands froze, and the other group did not. The group using  foul language felt less pain and even kept their hands in the water longer.

Note: If you regularly drop four letter word bombs in frustration, you may have developed a “tolerance” for swearing, and it won’t reduce your pain as much. You might want to curse about this, but if you bite your tongue (figuratively, of course) you could eventually reduce your tolerance, learn to swear occasionally, and feel less pain when you do.

4. Thinking About Sex

For most people, sex crosses the mind from time to time, but did you know just thinking about it can relieve pain? It’s true.

Reminiscing or daydreaming about a positive sexual experience can provide pain relief. Mentally taking a vacation from your pain, and focusing on an exciting, romantic time distracts you from focusing on your discomfort, and it’s so effective that researchers at Johns Hopkins University confirmed it.

So next time something hurts, think back to a great time with your significant other, and you might feel significantly better.

5. Positive Expectations

Ever worried so much about a job interview or a public speaking event, that you actually psyched yourself out and didn’t do as well as you’d hoped? This self-fulfilling prophecy isn’t your anxiety having magical powers (as much as it might feel like it sometimes!) but it is a real thing. Good news is, it works both ways.

If you’re worried about something potentially painful, like getting a cavity filled or helping a friend move, try reversing your fears. Reassure yourself, “Yes it might be painful but it won’t be that bad. I’ll get through it and will be okay. More than okay!” Repeat this self-encouragement as needed. Chances are, you’ll start to believe yourself, and even if you do feel some discomfort, it won’t be as bad as if you’d told yourself it would be horrible.

Expectations influence perception, and pain is all about perception.

6. Look At Your Loved Ones

If you’ve ever updated your computer, forgotten a password, or done anything involving a printer, you know that technology can be painful. But it can relieve pain, too.

With those fancy new smartphones, many of us carry around pictures of our loved ones we can peruse at the touch of a screen. A study demonstrated that women who looked at photos of their partners before a painful medical test felt less pain than those who looked at other photos. Maybe that’s why so many people keep photos of their families on their desks at work.

Humans are social creatures, and sharing one’s pain with somebody who cares about you can help. Many people describe their electrologist as being a wonderful and caring friend to them, so it’s no wonder that electrolysis treatments are often less painful than one might have been led to believe!

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9 Ways to Permanently Remove Unwanted Hair at Home That Don’t Actually Work

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After spending countless hours shaving, waxing, and plucking, don’t we all wish for an easier way to prevent unwanted hair growth? Of course we do! Everybody wants a simple solution, and what’s simpler than mixing up some household ingredients, rubbing them on our skin, and voila! No more unwanted hair.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t work.

Home remedies and dietary adjustments sound attractive and we might want them to work so badly, we’re willing to try some creative ideas. Fact is, though, these quick “solutions” don’t actually prevent hair growth. And while household ingredients might feel cost-effective, in the long run, you’re not saving money or time, because at the end of the day, the hair’s still there.

Below, we’ve listed nine examples of concoctions often touted as effective home remedies for permanent removal of unwanted hair. None of them provide permanent hair removal.

1. Coffee Grounds and Baking Soda

There’s a widespread myth that combining coffee grounds and baking soda, then slathering the resultant mixture on your skin, will stop unwanted hair growth. Nope! While some claim this method “breaks down” hair follicles, all this might achieve is skin irritation and clogged pores. Hair follicles stay intact.

2. Gram Flour, Curd, and Yogurt/Cream Mask

Some people believe masks or face packs made from gram flour (also known as besan), curds, and yogurt or cream, will remove unwanted hair. While a mask could possibly remove existing unwanted hair, this method also leaves the hair follicles active, so it fails to prevent hair regrowth at all.

3. Dietary Adjustments to Avoid Androgens

Androgens are hormones produced naturally by our bodies, and they’re also the hormones that stimulate hair growth. Abnormal or excess hair growth is called hirsutism and can be caused by hormonal imbalances. Some people claim drinking spearmint tea, eating soy products, and making other dietary adjustments will reduce the body’s androgen production and stop unwanted hair growth. It’s possible that changing your diet could affect a hormone imbalance, but that won’t permanently stop existing unwanted hair growth. The hair follicles have already been stimulated and they’ll keep producing hair, even if you avoid dietary androgens.

4. Pumice Stone Massage

People use pumice stones to exfoliate and soften their skin, but contrary to popular belief, rubbing a pumice stone over unwanted hair will not prevent it from growing back. Your skin might be softer there, but the hairs will keep growing.

5. Lemon and Sugar/Honey Scrub

Many of these remedies claim to possibly reduce hair growth over time, but any results actually come from just removing existing hair until it grows back, or changing something about the hair. Rubbing a mixture of lemon and sugar or honey won’t stop hair growth, not even over time. It might temporarily lighten the color of the hair, but it’s still there, still growing.

6. Turmeric Paste

If you’ve ever looked around for home hair removal remedies, you’ve probably come across the supposed benefits of turmeric. People believe turmeric helps with hair removal, but nobody can explain exactly how. If they don’t even take a stab at explaining, you can be sure this doesn’t actually work.

7. Papaya Paste with Turmeric

Just like turmeric alone, but with papaya! People claim an enzyme in raw papaya, called papain, will restrict hair growth, again, by “breaking down” the hair follicles. This just isn’t true. Like pumice stone, some of these mixtures might exfoliate your skin, but won’t stop hair growth.

8. Thanaka Powder and Safflower Oil

Another paste that could exfoliate and might remove some hair, but won’t stop it from growing back.

9. Blackstrap Molasses

Here we go back to the hormone thing. People say molasses contains magnesium, which will correct a hormone imbalance. This particular myth can be confusing, because people also suggest making a wax from molasses and corn syrup. Waxing will remove unwanted hair, but not permanently, and adding molasses to your diet won’t permanently prevent hair growth either.

Truly Permanent Removal of Unwanted Hair Exists – Electrolysis!

If you’ve heard these myths and believed them, or wanted to believe them, don’t feel bad! When faced with unwanted hair growth, any home remedy that sounds promising is worth a shot, right? Truth is, not so much. Since these myths are just that, myths, you’re better off putting down the homemade pastes and scrubs and addressing unwanted hair head on, with methods that work, like electrolysis.

 

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Electrologist Licensing or Certification? Which is better?

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Electrologist Licensing or Certification? Which is better?

Actually, neither! They are completely different credentials!

It’s easy to confuse licensure – a mandatory credential in some states, marked by required coursework and exams – with certification. Certification is a strictly voluntary credential, obtained through a professional organization, with the purpose of expanding one’s professional abilities beyond the scope of initial training. Although many people use the terms interchangeably, they are not the same thing at all.

If you’re seeking a career in Electrology, it’s a pretty good bet that your state requires licensing – 32 states plus the District of Columbia require licensing coursework and examinations ranging from 300 to 1500 hours, plus a written exam, and some also require a set number of CEUs (Continuing Education Units) each year for license renewal. Some states even require an apprenticeship in addition to the coursework and exams, to ensure practitioners are giving the best care possible. An apprenticeship provides the opportunity to learn on the job from a licensed professional in a working environment. Not all states require such an apprenticeship, but many licensed electrologists pursue one regardless, in order to hone their skills and ensure that their clients are well taken care of and satisfied with their services.

So, if your state requires licensing and you’ve passed all the exams and met all the criteria and get to display that shiny LE after your name, why would you pursue certification as well? Licensing is sufficient, isn’t it?

Yes, licensing is absolutely sufficient. If your electrologist has met all the licensing criteria in your state, you can be assured that you’ll be treated with the utmost care and professionalism. Certification is like a custom paint job on a Porsche – the Porsche is already gorgeous, but custom paint is certainly nice to have to make it really stand out!

Pursuing Board certification through the American Electrology Association is a terrific way to make yourself stand out as an electrology professional. It shows that you’re committed to expanding your knowledge and skillset, and to keeping on top of the latest developments in your field. Like licensing , the CPE credential requires maintenance in the form of continuing education and periodic examination. To maintain the CPE credential, which is recognized in 12 countries, the electrology professional must accrue 75 “contact hours” (similar to Continuing Education Units) through courses, lectures, seminars, and home study, or retake the CPE exam every five years. It’s a tough exam, requiring intensive study, but those who pursue the credential find it rewarding, and appreciate the extra reassurance the CPE credential provides to their clientele.

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