Hair removal is an annoying enough process as it is, but when you’ve got lymphedema, it’s important to take even more care around your affected areas. Any nicks or cuts can expose your limb to infection, which can create problems.
According to the National Lymphedema Network, the best hair removal technique is shaving. In order to ensure that the razor is clean, it’s important to replace the razor heads often. Also, it may be good to have a designated razor head for your lymphedema limb.
If your limb is too swollen to shave, it’s best to avoid shaving that particular area altogether so as not to risk any nicks or cuts.
Waxing, depilatories, electrolysis, and laser hair removal are not recommended, as they can damage your sensitive and already fragile skin. Waxing is especially dangerous, as it puts unnecessary heat on your lymphedema-affected tissues!
How about you? How do you deal with hair removal? Have you encountered any issues?