A Woman's Guide to Removing Facial Hair
It can be due to genetics, age, medication or many women just want
it removed for cosmetic reasons, like eyebrow hair. Women experience
growth of unwanted facial hair during certain times of their life, such
as puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. Regardless, there is a large
population of women who want a safe, long lasting, and effective way to
remove facial hair. One way to remove facial hair is through shaving.
Although the old wives tale that this will cause the hair it grow back
thicker and faster is not true, many woman feel this is too masculine a
way to remove facial hair. Plus, it only eliminates the problem for a
short amount of time and may irritate sensitive skin.
One of the most common ways for women to remove facial hair is
by plucking. They are probably already familiar with this due to
plucking their eyebrows with a process. If they see a darker hair on
their lip or chin, it is easy enough to pluck out. Plucking the hair
removes it longer than shaving, but is still not the permanent solution
for which many women are looking. Waxing is similar to plucking, but
it can be more painful and is more likely to irritate sensitive skin.
The same is true for creams that remove hair plus many of them have a
bad smell. There is a skin cream called Vaniqa that decreases facial
hair growth, but it is also only temporary and requires a prescription
from a doctor.
You can purchase epilators with tweezers at most beauty stores,
but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has stated that that is no
statistically significant data to prove that tweezer epilators provide
permanent hair removal. It may for some, and not for others. One
factor may be the coarseness of your hair.
If you are looking for
a method to remove facial hair permanently, try electrolysis.
Electrolysis is the process by which facial hair is removed using
electrical currents. A trained professional, often referred to as an
electrologist or electrolysist, must perform this procedure. They take
a metal probe and insert it into an individual hair follicle. The
electrical current is then delivered to the follicle, destroying it.
One the procedure is complete; the hair is removed with sterile
forceps. Each hair follicle must be treated individually. The
discomfort of this process varies among clients. Some have reported
feeling a slight pinprick and some have reported a more painful
feeling. As with many medical procedures, there is a chance of
scarring, although it is minimal if you are using a well-trained
electrologist. But, immediately after a hair follicle is treated,
there may be a small, red lesion, much like an insect bite for a short
While electrolysis will permanently remove the hair, it may not
be instantaneous. You may have to have several electrolysis treatments
to the same hair follicle before the hair is completely removed. This
is because your hair cells grow in cycles and electrolysis only works
if the hair is in its growth phase. Many electrologists charge by the
amount of time it takes to remove the hair. Ten minutes runs about $18
and 30 minutes costs about $34.
Another form of permanent facial hair removal is laser
treatments. This is a new technology, only being offered commercially
since the mid 1990s. This may also be referred to as phototricholysis
or photoepilation. Like electrolysis, this may require several
treatments before the hair is removed permanently. The laser light
also feels like a pinprick to most patients. However, the laser
treatments will not work on blonde, red, or white hairs. It will
however work on areas that electrolysis will not, such as the ears and
nose. Laser hair treatments for the upper lip normally run about $50
per session as does the chin treatments. If you have facial hair on
your cheeks, those treatments are a little more expensive - around $75
If you decide to do electrolysis or laser treatments for your
unwanted facial hair, you should always talk to your doctor first about
any pre-existing conditions you might have that would make you an
unlikely candidate for these treatments. There is no need to be
ashamed of having your unwanted facial hair treated. Do some research
on the Internet to find the best way for you to have the hair removed.
There is no doubt it will make you feel better about yourself.