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Depilatories, masks, scrubs and bleaching preparations

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Hairiness in women is a deeply embarrassing topic. Our culture dictates that a female body is only beautiful when it is silky smooth and hair-free. Hair that is normally not noticeable is called vellus hair. It is fine, unpigmented, without a medulla, and is found all over the body’s surface with the exception of the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet. Visible hair is known as terminal hair. It is thicker than vellus hair, pigmented, and medullated. Terminal hair is found, for example, on the scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows, and axilla (armpits), and particularly in males, on the upper lip, chin, chest, arms and legs.

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Morris, K. (1993). Depilatories, masks, scrubs and bleaching preparations. In: Butler, H. (eds) Poucher’s Perfumes, Cosmetics and Soaps. Springer, Dordrecht.

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