There are few things more embarrassing to the female population than unwanted facial hair, and it’s not hard to understand why, considering it is considered a masculine trait. In truth, all women have hair on their faces; in most cases it is simply fine fuzz that is not terribly noticeable. But genetics, hormonal changes, and even some medical conditions can cause some women to sprout longer, darker, thicker strands on their face, much like men, a condition known as hirsutism. And this is a position that most women are not pleased to discover. Luckily, there are treatment options that will help you to combat or even nullify your problem permanently. Here are some facial hair removal tips that will offer you the most effective outcome.
- Skip the razor. Just because your man shaves his face on a daily basis doesn’t mean you should take up the habit. You’ve likely heard the rumor that when you shave your hair grows back thicker, but this actually isn’t the case. What happens is this: when your hairs start to sprouts, it stands out for a while, until it is long enough to lay down on the surface of your skin. And this prickly state of affairs is what can create the appearance of “thicker” hair. It matters very little, though, since even the appearance of thicker facial hair is likely abhorrent to you. In short, skip shaving.
- See your doctor. If facial hair growth is something new for you, it’s probably not a bad idea to discuss it with your gynecologist since it could signal a hormonal imbalance of some kind. If it’s related to genetics, you might not have a lot of medical options available to you. But if your hair growth is strictly hormonal, your doctor may be able to offer you some type of therapy to get your hormones under control, along with unwanted hair growth.
- Tweezing, threading, and waxing. These methods for fighting unwanted facial hair are effective, but not entirely efficient, and there are a couple of reasons why. Tweezing, for one, is good for spot treatment, say if you happen to note a particularly long or dark hair here and there. But it’s not a great option for larger areas of growth. Threading and waxing, on the other hand, can deal with a larger surface area, but you have to let your hair grow out to a certain length before you can undergo treatment, and this may not satisfy your desire for a fuzz-free face.
- Depilatory creams. One of the best options for facial hair removal at home is the use of depilatory creams that break down hair at the follicular level so that it can be easily wiped away. The potential downside to this treatment is that your skin could have an adverse reaction to the chemicals in the cream. However, some brands are now providing two-step systems whereby you rub a layer of wax on your skin to protect it and then layer the cream over the top to eat away the hair.
- Laser hair removal. If you’re looking to permanently remove the unwanted hair on your face, whether it’s all over, it grows in patches, or there are only a few hairs you can see here and there, laser hair removal is a good option. You should go in first for a consultation to learn about the risks and benefits of the procedure (as well as conduct a test patch to ensure that you can tolerate the treatment). But provided you can come up with the cash, you could be free of unwanted facial hair in just a couple of session.