Archives of Dermatological Research

, Volume 254, Issue 1, pp 15–22 | Cite as

The effect of electrical epilation on the beard hair of women with idopathic hirsutism

  • J. D. R. Peereboom-Wynia


The influence of epilation by means of diathermy and galvanic current on the hair roots in he beard region of 11 women with idiopathic hirsutism has been investigated. The hair-roots could be destructed by both methods.

Various differences were found between the two methods:

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    After 10 weeks, the hair density in the field treated by diathermy was lower than that in the corresponding field treated with galvanic current. However, the time required for total destruction of all hair roots was found to be the same for both methods.

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    The diameter of the hairs growing again after diathermy was found to be less than that after galvanic current, while the proportion of dysplastic/dystrophic hairs was significantly greater.



Public Health Hair Root Hair Density Total Destruction Galvanic Current 
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Der Einfluß elektrischer Enthaarung mit diathermischem und galvanischem Strom wurde bei einer Gruppe von 11 Frauen mit idiopathischem Hirsutismus geprüft.

Die Haarwurzeln konnten vernichtet werden mittels der beiden Methoden mit diesen Unterschieden:

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    Die Haardichte war in der zehnten Woche nach Behandlung mit diathermischem Strom geringer als nach Behandlung mit galvanischem Strom.

    Für eine vollständige Vernichtung aller Haarwurzeln gab es keinen Unterschied zwischen den beiden Methoden.

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    Nach Enthaarung mit Diathermie war der Diameter der zurückgekommenen Haare geringer als nach Enthaarung mit galvanischem Strom; indessen war die Anzahl der dysplastischen/dystrophischen Haarwurzeln signifikant größer.



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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. D. R. Peereboom-Wynia
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  1. 1.Department of DermatologyErasmus University, Faculty of MedicineRotterdamThe Netherlands

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