A year or so ago I noticed that I could use a lower setting for a customer when she used emla (with occlusive dressing). She didn’t have particularly dry skin, but the hairs were definitely tougher to treat without the emla. I tried using a normal skin cream (E45) and got the same result too. It hasn’t always been the case, but when I do find that hairs are not coming out on the expected setting I sometimes find that applying E45 cream really helps for some. I tried using aloe vera gel but it didn’t work at all. Has anyone else noticed this effect with emla, or another cream?
(In case anyone in the uk didn’t know, emla can now be bought without prescription, but you still have to go to a chemist.)