Managing hair removal pain

Businesses that sell rotary tweezers, electrolysis, waxing, and laser sometimes use euphemisms like “discomfort” and “sensation,” but I’m here to tell you hair removal occasionally hurts! Not all the time, but every now and then, YEOW! Luckily, there are plenty of ways to deal with it.

> Purchase LMX-5 or other pain medications online here without a prescription.


A pain medication which works perfectly for one consumer may not work at all for another.

The following is excerpted from my legal information page:

The information contained in is presented for the purpose of educating consumers on hair removal topics. Nothing contained in is intended to be instructional for medical diagnosis or treatment. The information should not be considered complete, nor should it be relied on to suggest a course of treatment for a particular individual.

Below are two letters I received, showing that the same product can be considered ideal by one consumer and worthless by another:

Letter #1

I appreciate your site. However, the information on Ela Max 5 in your topical anti pain section is misleading. After using EMLA for almost a year, I tried Ela Max 5 in my last electrolysis session based soley on the information you provided on your site, rating Ela Max as (or almost as) effective as EMLA. Not only did Ela Max 5 not work nearly as effectively as EMLA, but it DIDN’T WORK AT ALL. This cost me pain, and over $100 for the product and an electrolysis session which I had to cut short by 45 minutes because the pain was unbearable. My electrolygist informed me that of all the clients she’s had, only one found Ela Max 5 helped at all. Everyone else who used it found it of not help whatsoever. While I think your intentions are good, you are doing a disservice by providing such misinformation which causes people pain and expense.

Letter #2

The ELA-Max 5 worked great! It was just as effective as EMLA and it had several advantages. First, ELA-Max 5 does not need a plastic covering like EMLA does. And secondly, you only have to put the ELA-Max 5 on about 30 minutes before treatment. I began to feel its numbing effects in about 15 minutes with the full benefit in about 30 minutes. When I used EMLA, I had to put it on at least 1 hour before treatment to get the full benefit. Another secondary benefit of the ELA-Max 5 is its effects seemed to last longer on me. So there was no worry about losing protection before a session was over. One caution though, make sure you put the ELA-Max5 on thick. If you are too stingy, it will not work as well.

Two consumers, two completely opposite reactions. Pain is a highly subjective matter. While I list pain relief products recommended by consumers and compare them based on consumer feedback and medical data, I make absolutely no guarantee that any product mentioned in this section will work for you or will work better or worse for you than another product.

General info

Factors that affect pain

Pain from each method: description and tips

Pain reduction medical data

Cheap and easy do-it-yourself pain reduction

Pain management products

Products with significant risks:

  • Alcohol
  • Topical anesthetics on large areas
  • Prescription painkillers (potentially dangerous)
  • Injectable anesthetics (potentially dangerous)
  • Combinations of medications (very dangerous)

Recommendation: topical anesthetics

Topical anesthesia recommended brands: pros and cons

Topical anesthetic application tips




Compounded topical anesthetics for extra pain relief