Preoperative skin preparation: clinical evaluation of depilatory cream.

  title={Preoperative skin preparation: clinical evaluation of depilatory cream.},
  author={Simon J Powis and T. A. Waterworth and David Arkell},
  journal={British medical journal},
  volume={2 6045},
Preoperative hair removal by a depilatory cream was compared with routine shaving. Although the incidence of wound infection was similar in both groups, cream depilation was found to be better. It was effective, atraumatic, non-toxic, and could be self-administered. Furthermore, it could be used safely on granulating wounds and did not support bacterial growth. Depilation was associated with a significant reduction in skin surface bacteria and proved to be cheaper than shaving. 

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