Information sources on hair removal

It’s very hard to separate the facts from the quacks, so I recommend relying on published, peer-reviewed medical literature for the most reliable information. I’ve listed a handful of websites which have compiled reliable information, and I’ve also listed some of the worst offenders for spreading misinformation.

The “A” List

The following websites provide what I consider the best and most accurate information.

General information



Non-recommended hair removal information sources

Online forums

Because it’s so hard to verify the identity or truthfulness of those posting to internet forums, I do not recommend relying on these for accurate information.

Signs of a quack hair removal product

  • Infomercials: nearly every hair removal product or device sold via direct response advertising is overhyping the effectiveness of the product.
  • Too good to be true: Permanent hair removal methods requiring no skill and causing no pain or side effects simply do not exist at this time.
  • No published clinical data
  • “Before and after” pictures: These usually do not include enough data to determine your own results.
  • Marketing ploys: “Exclusive” methods only available at special outlets and coined words like “transdermolysis” and “lasertrolysis.”
  • Testimonials: “Satisfied customers” with no contact information to verify their testimonials.
  • High prices: Some promoters set a high price, because it makes some consumers assume it must work if it costs so much.
  • Guaranteed 100% results: No method can unconditionally guarantee satisfactory hair removal in all consumers.

Manufacturer sites that contain misinformation