Question : I have a lot of hair on my legs which is quite dark and coarse. I used a depilatory cream, which the instructions said to leave on for five minutes. The hair hadn’t I left it for another ten. I got a nasty mark, like a burn, on one part of my leg. Do all creams do this?
Answer : Depilatory creams, or lotions, should be used exactly as the instructions state. They are made from chemicals which, if your skin is sensitive, or you leave them on too long, can irritate or burn the skin. When used as directed they are perfectly safe.