How to Reduce Epilation Pain

There’s no big secret that epilators cause pain.

These are devices that remove many hairs from the root through the rotation of their tweezers. Basically that means ouch!

Why this post? Is it going to be helpful at all?

The idea of this post is to share some of my epilator tips in the hopes that you can avoid swearing and promising yourself you’re never going to use an epilator ever again for as long as you shall live.

I definitely think that you will find some useful information among all my rambling.


If you still feel like giving up on epilators, then you should. Having soft smooth skin has its pain boundaries.

For some people that pain exceeds the rewards and there’s nothing wrong with going to back to a painless hair removal method.

If you’re still not sure about what to do:

Make sure you read my step by step guide on how to epilate properly, it might help you try again and then reach a decision. Are you sticking to epilation or not?

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Quick Tips to Reduce Epilation Pain

There’s no point to sugarcoat it.

Epilation is painful, I know from my personal experience, since I switched from shaving to epilators. Going from years of painless hair removal to something really painful was hard but I’m glad I pulled through.

It’s a totally different deal for those who have previously waxed not shaved.

That’s why I think that the most important tip that anyone can offer is that you just need to bear the pain in the beginning until your body gets used to it.

I will go in detail about each tip further down but for now, let’s succinctly see what’s the deal:

  • Tip 1: Take a shower before epilating
  • Tip 2: Exfoliate
  • Tip 3: Hold the skin taut
  • Tip 4: Try a wet&dry epilator

Here’s How You Can Make Your Epilation Less Painful

The one thing that comes to mind that I wouldn’t advise anyone doing it is using a cooling glove before epilation, with the purpose of numbing the area.

The pores tighten and many hairs end up being cut and broken at the surface.

You can use the cooling glove after epilation. Also, don’t forget to use a moisturizer after each session.

Tip 1.) Taking a Shower Beforehand Should Reduce Epilation Pain

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Take a shower in order to get the pores opened, in case you have a dry only epilator or jump in the shower together with your epilator if you have a wet and dry one.

Some women are afraid of spiking the water bill but, really, how much water can pour until you get all the unwanted hair removed?

I haven’t used an epilator under the shower but I don’t think it would make such a considerable difference for the water bill. You can leave a comment if I’m wrong, it will be most welcomed.

Tip 2.) Exfoliate

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Exfoliating is a step prior to epilation.

If you exfoliate properly, the dead cells are removed, which helps a lot in minimizing the number of ingrown hairs that you are going to have.

You should continue to exfoliate almost daily if you want no ingrown hairs.

You can either use an exfoliating glove or a scrub or simply pour kosher salt into the shower gel, which will act exactly as a scrub.

If you are looking for a good exfoliating glove you can try the Earth Therapeutics Hydro Exfoliating Gloves.

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The exfoliation process has a second role:

It makes the skin less oily, which prevents the hairs from becoming flat so, as a consequence, less passes are necessary and the risk of getting ingrown hairs is reduced.

Tip 3.) Holding the Skin Taut Reduces Epilation Pain

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You are ready to handle that epilator and getting hairs removed from the root.

Hold the skin taut, it will help with making the pain feel less intense. One hand holds the epilator, while the other one holds the skin taut.

For the underarms, just pull your arms up over your head and stretch them as much as you can.

Tip 4.) Try a Wet & Dry Epilator to Minimise the Pain

The best solution if you don’t have a high pain threshold is to get a wet and dry epilator. It means that you can use it under the shower, too.

The pores open so the hairs come out together with their root much easier.

I’m currently using the Braun Silk-Epil 9, more specifically the 9561 model, but you can use any model from the 9 series as they are all pretty much the same, only the accessories(and various colors) differ and that’s why there are so many models but the epilator is the same for all the Braun SE9 series.

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For some women, the downside might be that the hairs become too soft and they start being cut by the epilator at the surface of the skin instead of being plucked.

Get through the pain in the beginning, the best tip is to use a wet and dry epilator if you can’t cope with the pain, and then, in time, you may get used to it and the pain won’t be a problem anymore.

Another thing that helps with reducing epilation pain is getting an epilator that has a higher number of tweezers.

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How does that help?

Well, the number of passes needed to remove absolutely every hair is reduced, which also reduces the irritation risk.

With the number of passes reduced, the duration of an epilation session is reduced, also. Again, it’s a very good thing buying an epilator with more tweezers, as long as it’s within budget. At the moment the maximum number is 72 tweezers.

You Get Used to It: In Time the Pain Transforms into Small Pinches

There’s no epilation without feeling any pain at all.

Only in time you get used to pain plus the skin becomes used to epilation and the hairs grow thinner and less dense.

How My First Epilation Went Down

The pain caused by an epilator can be indeed extremely awful for women who have been using shaving as the only hair removal method, like I did.

I was in the exact situation and even after all these years I still remember my first epilation. If it weren’t for TV shows to distract my attention, I would have given up that first time I used an epilator.

Thankfully, I didn’t.

How did I pulled through?

What made me go through my first experience of using an epilator, besides having my mind distracted by TV shows, was the thought that I was going to have smooth skin for at least two weeks, and, as I saw hairs being removed from the root and as I felt portions of my skin free from unwanted hair, I knew I could put up with the pain.

So, getting back to what I was going to say about women who’ve only shaved before, I recommend having a beauty salon waxing.

Just that one time.

Then let the hairs grow for up to two weeks and then use your epilator to remove those hairs that have grown. The hairs won’t be that many so the pain won’t be that bad.

You can epilate again after a week and a half.

I recommend starting to epilate once every fortnight or even once a month, during winter. Be warned, in a month’s time the hairs will grow back plenty so the pain will be more intense.

What’s The Bottom Line?

Using an epilator under the shower opens the pores, which reduces the epilation pain.

The greater the number of tweezers, the less passes are necessary, which also reduces pain and irritation, at the same time.


Scrub or exfoliate the skin before using the epilator to remove dead skin and avoid getting a lot of ingrown hairs and also don’t forget to hold the skin taut for reducing pain.

Keep in mind:

If you can’t afford a more expensive epilator, one that has a built-in massage system and many caps for different areas, then make sure to get one that has at least an efficiency cap – it creates a nice sensation and it helps a little with pain reduction.

Oh, and just remember:

Don’t be afraid of epilators.

These are not scary devices created with the sole purpose of making women feel pain. Their purpose it to give you smooth hair-free skin for at least two weeks and that’s all you need to remember in those times of pain.