Last update July 12, 2017
Very Low Risk
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)
Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.
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e-lactancia is a resource recommended by Asociación Española de Bancos de Leche Humana of Spain
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