Last update: July 12, 2017


Very Low Risk for breastfeeding

Safe. Compatible.
Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.

Side effects due to depilatory treatments are very few and mostly restricted to local discomfort (irritation, burn sensation, pain or infection) and reversible.

The European Society of Dermatology does not address any warning against its use while breastfeeding on its Guide for Photoepilation nor gives any statement on contraindications in the last trimester of pregnancy,

Neither, the American Academy of Dermatology does not warn against its use.

Other scientific societies recommend to be cautious with no specifications on it and without citing scientific sources.

There are not scientific bases that would support any contraindication of depilatory treatments while breastfeeding (e.i. Shaving, waxing, cotton thread -threading khite hair removal- chemical products, electrolysis, laser ray – alexandrite emission, diode, neodymium, ruby or YAG laser- photoepilation). Neither a less effectiveness of depilatory methods during a telogenic phase of the hair, resting or falling phase, nor discoloration of the hair due to an alleged hormonal influence of breastfeeding.

Due to irritation and a risk for local infection as a result of any depilatory method, hair removal would better avoided on areas close to the breast or the nipple, otherwise use preventive measures.

The application of anesthetic creams on large areas of skin may induce the appearance of Methahemoglobinemia (see information on EMLA, Lidocaine and Prilocaine)

See below the information of these related products:

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM´s pediatricians and pharmacists, and are based on updated scientific publications.
It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

Your contribution is essential for this service to continue to exist. We need the generosity of people like you who believe in the benefits of breastfeeding.

Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.

José María Paricio, founder of e-lactancia.


Depilation belongs to this group or family:


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  2. Alster TS. Laser Hair removal. For the media. American Academy of Dermatology. 2015 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  3. MurciaSalud. Preevid. ¿Es incompatible el tratamiento de depilación con láser alejandrita con embarazo y lactancia? Biblioteca virtual. 2014 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  4. Helou J, Habre M, Soutou B, Maatouk I, Ibrahim T, Tomb R. Reversibility of hyperhidrosis post axillary depilatory laser. Lasers Med Sci. 2014 Abstract
  5. American Pregnancy Association. Laser Hair Removal and Pregnancy. Web. 2012 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  6. Sociedad Española de Medicina Estética (SEME). Informe: Tratamientos de depilación con láser. Web. 2012 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  7. Sociedad Española de Medicina Estética (SEME). Decálogo de seguridad de la depilación láser. Web. 2012 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  8. Bode D, Seehusen DA, Baird D. Hirsutism in women. Am Fam Physician. 2012 Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
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  12. Dawber RP. Guidance for the management of hirsutism. Curr Med Res Opin. 2005 Abstract
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