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#59796 - 02/06/09 04:19 PM Re: Second degree burn from "VEET" hair removal product. Help? [Re: kirstyentwistle]
hairybumpyroad Offline

Registered: 01/20/09
Posts: 17
Loc: was Toronto, now Dallas, Texas
OMG, yes. It would be wise to avoid depilatory creams altogether, in my mind.

It worked when I was 13ish, then, almost overnight it seemed, that changed and my skin began to react. Till the present it has continued to react very badly. My skin never burned - it would just turn black, then stay that way for a week.

It could be that these creams sensitize the body; it could be hormones......

Still, this doesn't appear to be a one-in-a-million thing; a casual search on the internet would appear to bring up plenty of people with bad VEET / depilatory cream experiences.

Perhaps we should start a petition?

Edited by hairybumpyroad (02/06/09 04:22 PM)
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#59797 - 02/06/09 04:26 PM Re: Second degree burn from "VEET" hair removal product. Help? [Re: hairybumpyroad]
hairybumpyroad Offline

Registered: 01/20/09
Posts: 17
Loc: was Toronto, now Dallas, Texas
Oh, also, here's an interesting article on the subject (hope the link works):

Review of Veet Rasera Bladeless Kit for Shaving
A Friendly Warning
1 X
Veet Rasera Bladeless Kit
I noticed the longer the product sat, the warmer my legs became. Suddenly, when the time came to remove the product with the bladeless tool, I was on edge because of the burning sensation. I tried to do a smooth movement with the tool as I normally would with a razor and rinse, but the
grooves are so deep on the tool that it is hard to rinse the cream out. The cream literally gets stuck in the tool and you have to scrub it in hot water with quite a bit of force to clean it out. With a razor, I would normally be able to perform one to four swipes before doing this, but with each of the swipes with this tool I had to scrub and clean it. In addition to the fact that I had to clean with each swipe, this took a lot more time then I would have to spend with a razor. Needless to say, the "3 minute rule" that they suggest, turns into a little while longer.

On top of the deep grooves, the cream getting stuck and it taking more time to thoroughly clean the tool another issue posed itself. The hair was not removing as promised. I had just shaved a couple of days prior to this with a regular razor, so, the hair that I was trying to remove was minimal. I literally had to swipe the tool a few times each swipe to remove all the hair completely. I was not pleased with this at all.

While I am busy with all of this, my legs are almost on fire, so, I moved as quickly as possible to get all the cream off. I ended up having to get a bath sponge and scrub the rest off that still remained because I could not take the pain anymore. After removing the product that remained, my legs throbbed terribly and I had to allow water to run over my legs for a few minutes.
I noticed that my legs were red and nearly swollen. Upon further inspection, it looked as if the bladeless tool literally scratched parts of my skin off where I had used it. I could tell where I had used the tool and where I had used the sponge, and there was damage to my skin. Though I was not bleeding, it looked as if I was close to bleeding.

At this point, I thoroughly regretted this purchase. As for the promise of smooth legs and such, yes, they were smooth in some areas and this was the only positive and accurate point I see with this merchandise. The promise of the results lasting up to four times longer then that of a razor? I think not. The results did not even last the amount of time that it takes to require a new shave with a razor.

I would not recommend this product at all. In my opinion, it was a very painful and disappointing experience. I would just suggest someone stick to the razor, be careful and walk away with no severe injuries in the end than to use this product.

#60248 - 02/27/09 11:38 PM Re: Second degree burn from "VEET" hair removal product. Help? [Re: kirstyentwistle]
Xan Sprouse Offline

Registered: 02/27/09
Posts: 1
i found this site after googling "depilatory burn" because i'm in my second day of a chemical burn from veet. i bough it because it came with the plastic squeegee thing that scrapes the cream and hair off of your legs, and because it came in a pump, not the tube. it worked great the first time i did it, but this time was terrible. my skin was very dry as it always is in the winter, and i'm not sure if the stuff i had was too old, or if i left it on past the 3 minutes (was watching the clock so i doubt that) but my legs, especially behind my knees, are on fire. after looking online it appears to be 2nd degree burns. i'm putting cold compresses on them, using neosporin and keeping it clean, but it hurts a lot, and i'm miserable. tylenol is helping. but from now on i am just going to go slowly and go back to razors. a nick here and there isn't nearly as bad as this!

#60250 - 02/28/09 12:13 AM Re: Second degree burn from "VEET" hair removal product. Help? [Re: Xan Sprouse]
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Get rid of the Neosporin. It can make things much worse. Many people are allergic to the neomycin in Neosporin. Were you advised to do this by someone? Are there blisters? Why do you think these are second degree burns? If it's that bad, you should see your family doctor. Cool compresses are helpful.

After this storm passes, have you considered laser hair reduction for your legs? are you a good candidate?
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#61666 - 04/20/09 05:16 PM Re: Second degree burn from "VEET" hair removal pr [Re: GirlHair]
sammyd1020 Offline

Registered: 04/20/09
Posts: 1
I agree that using veet on your face might be I'll advised, but the poster is correct there is no guidance on the bottle regarding facial hair.
It also does not state it's not for legs, feet, back, chest, butt, or any other area. In fact the bottle has no guidance for use whatsoever. It only claims that it ensures effective hair removal in only three minutes (depending on hair thickness). I guess we should assume that we should just buy a bottle and not use it at all for any reason.
Personally I have used Veet for years on areas that are probably more I'll advised than my face (where the hair may be just as coarse and the area is much more sensitive) without any significant irritation let alone a serious incident. I have heard horror stories regarding this product, but up until now I had yet to hear a story that resulted in scarring.
It seems like a no brainer that a company selling a product with a pH of 12.4 or so would include some type of a warning regarding the possibility of disfigurement. I think the original poster has a case. We can all benefit from her misfortune by not making the same mistake. I only came across this post researching a hair removal cream made specifically for the face. They both dissolve human hair, how different can they really be? Lighten up, it's an Internet forum, not an emergency meeting of congress.

Edited by sammyd1020 (04/20/09 07:47 PM)

#68844 - 01/12/10 04:27 AM Re: Second degree burn from "VEET" hair removal pr [Re: sammyd1020]
LinXianEr Offline

Registered: 01/12/10
Posts: 11
Oh goodness, I just bought a bottle of Veet for the first time too. Now I question whether I should use it or not? I have used Nair for a long long time(ever since I was 13) and it has been ok for the most part. I guess I will still stick to Nair until I have money for the more permanent solutions to hair removal.

#77441 - 07/30/10 02:27 PM Re: Second degree burn from "VEET" hair removal product. Help? [Re: kirstyentwistle]
missmissy Offline

Registered: 07/30/10
Posts: 12
the second ingredient in veet is urea....urea is urine... hmmmm i would reevaluate if its worth using or not

#78073 - 08/24/10 05:13 PM Re: Second degree burn from "VEET" hair removal product. Help? [Re: kirstyentwistle]
missmissy Offline

Registered: 07/30/10
Posts: 12
I personally wouldnt use anything that is loaded with theory that stuff is basically eating your hair is it not...sounds fishy to still trying to find something for facial hair that doesnt have nasty chemicals in guessing ill probably be out of luck..

#78082 - 08/24/10 07:50 PM Re: Second degree burn from "VEET" hair removal product. Help? [Re: missmissy]
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Registered: 12/22/04
Posts: 9994
Loc: New York, NY
Everything has chemicals. Shaving is your other option.

#78106 - 08/25/10 08:08 PM Re: Second degree burn from "VEET" hair removal product. Help? [Re: LAgirl]
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Thank you LAgirl, "I don't use stuff with chemicals" is a huge pet peeve of mine. People pick up on these buzz-words and they have no clue what they are even saying.

All matter in the universe is chemicals. Your bottled water is loaded with chemicals, your fresh apple is just a big red chemical-wad, your locally-produced organic soy all-natural WHATEVER is just entirely 100% chemicals.

If you really want to go through life without consuming chemicals, then have fun trying to eat ultraviolet light or wear gamma radiation because the electromagnetic spectrum is pretty much your ONLY non-chemical option.
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