are you sure you can’t work out a way to afford laser? it’s not necessarily as expensive as you might think. for underarms, yea you would need about min 6 treatments (that’s how much I had; finishing off with electrolysis). for my legs, i’m satisfied after 3 treatments… same as LAgirl. for my younger sister, we have saved up so she can have the same done, she really has tooooo much hair to keep shaving. waxing causes too many ingrowns for her too.
anyway, until you reach that point (if you want to), i’d advise you to go back to shaving or start waxing.
i used an epilator for many years and really messed up the skin on my legs (same story as you, had to do it very frequently). i stopped like 2.5 years ago and still have some faint scarring from the ingrowns that turned into boil type spots on my legs.
so i started waxing more regularly instead, still got some ingrowns but not nearly as bad. last year i started laser treatments and i can’t tell you how much i wish i had done it years ago.
some people claim not to get ingrowns from epliating. maybe it’s true or maybe they haven’t used one long enough. if you’re getting them though, i’d say stop before it gets too bad.
if you can’t afford laser and can’t wax at home, perhaps try and find a beauty college near you. they usually offer full leg waxes at a very cheap price, or as James suggested, electrolysis.
Actually James… thanks for that encouragement. I have been toying with the idea of buying an electrolysis machine, to eventually be able to do electrolysis on my sister where she can’t have Laser. Even located a copy of the Bono book. My sister’s legs would be a perfect place to start practicing. The only thing holding me back was feeling like I wouldn’t be ready to practice just like that.