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Facial hair growth differs between men and women. Men are generally hairy given that they have an abundance of the male hormones known as testosterone. However, some women may also get excess hairs on certain parts of their bodies and the face is no exemption at that.
For women who experience facial hair that is beyond normal, this may be a sign of an imbalance in your hormones.
It is important for women to be examined by a doctor when unusual facial hair growth is seen in a short period of time. This may be linked to a disorder like polycystic ovaries (PCOS). Other times, hormones also are not to blame but genetics.
As you work on figuring which of those mentioned are actually causing that unnecessary beard or whatnot, you might also be troubled about how you look. Let’s not add stress to that! In this article, we take care of information on different ways in which you can get rid of those fuzzy and unsightly excess hairs on your face!
Home Remedies vs. Aesthetic Professional Treatments
Typing “effective hair removal” on your search bar can lead you to tons of articles with lists of the different ways you can do to strip facial hair off your skin. You may notice that these methods may either be done personally at home (DIY treatments or techniques) or in aesthetic clinics or salons as administered by a trained professional or assistant.
What are the various ways of getting rid of facial hair?
Itching to purge that thin layer of moustache blanketing your upper lip? We got you covered (but not with hair, of course)!
Depilatory creams, which may also be in the form of lotion or gel, use active chemicals like barium sulfide, sodium, and titanium oxide. When applied, the cream dissolves hair as it destroys the proteins in each strand. The components of the cream are safe to use, but some skin may experience some reaction to them. It is always recommended to do a patch test on a small portion of the face first before proceeding to apply the product to the entire target area. You will know that the cream is not suitable to your face when the following reactions happen:
- Skin inflammation
- Skin Irritation
Do use depilatory creams that are created specifically formulated to treat facial hair as they have additional ingredients that exfoliate the face and leave it moisturized.
Best used for: Excess hair in between the eyebrows and the upper lip.
How long will it take for the hair to grow back: One to three days until hair grows back.
Where to get this treatment: Depilatory creams are available at pharmacies.
Electrolysis uses low electric currents that travel through a tiny needle embedded into the pore of the skin to destroy a follicle of hair. This process is very meticulous as the treatment entails killing the hair strand individually. Unlike laser, this method works on all kinds of hair, may they be dark or light. Electrolysis is also more painful than laser. They are greatly cheaper as compared to laser treatments. However, to get the optimum results, about 15 to 30 sessions are needed.
Best used for: Eyebrows, excess hairs on the chin and the upper lip are best addressed by this method.
How long will it take for the hair to grow back: This facial hair removal treatment promises permanent elimination of unwanted hairs as each of the hair root and cell responsible for growth is killed.
Where to get this treatment: Only trained and licensed aesthetic doctors are allowed to administer electrolysis to patients.
INTENSE PULSED LIGHT (IPL)
Intense pulsed light or IPL uses light technology similar to lasers in targeting hair removal. What differentiates this method from laser is the way that the light is released onto the skin. IPL uses different kinds of wavelengths that emit heat energy on the skin and penetrates deep as the hair pigment continues to absorb the heat, reaching and killing the hair follicle as well as the bulb of cells responsible for hair growth. IPL has a tendency to affect the surrounding skin and may cause pigmentation to develop on darker tones with several uses. It is also not effective in removing facial hair that is lighter in colour.
Best used for: Dark facial hair on light skin tone.
How long will it take for the hair to grow back: Permanent removal of facial hair may be achieved over time.
Where to get this treatment: IPL is best administered by aesthetic doctors.
Laser treatments use light beams that are set at a specific wavelength in order to zap the hair’s follicle and kill it. Many people think that lasers are painful. In truth, having the light beams touch the skin feels like an elastic band snapping against it repeatedly.
Laser treatments are pretty much expensive and more than one session may be needed in order to achieve optimum hair removal results. Lasers are basically safe to use on the face, but as a precaution, patients must wear protective eyewear as the energy-charged laser light can cause damage to the eyes. In addition, lasers are not able to efficiently remove light hair colors, such as blonde, grey, and red. Four to six sessions are needed to achieve great results.
Best used for: Any type of dark facial hair on lighter skin.
How long will it take for the hair to grow back: With repeated sessions, patients can expect permanent removal of their facial hair, although this may vary from one patient to another
Where to get this treatment: Technological advancements continue to happen in the aesthetic world. There are laser devices that can be bought and used at home for hair removals. Technically, these are also safe, but the best way to get laser treatment is through licensed aesthetic professionals.
Waxing is one of the most popular facial and body hair removal methods. This makes use of a special kind of wax that is clinically formulated to grab several hairs and strip them off the skin at one go. With continuous use, the hair may grow thinner and be less obvious. Waxing, however, may also cause ingrown hairs. It can also be very painful. A piece of ice cube should be applied to the treated area to avoid swelling or skin irritation.
Best used for: Eyebrows, upper lip, and sideburns are best addressed by this method.
How long will it take for the hair to grow back: Four to six weeks until hair grows back.
Where to get this treatment: Waxing strips or those that need melting are available in drug stores and can be used at home. If you do not want to go through the hassle of doing it on your own (and risk possible burning when using melted wax), you can step into waxing salons.
We hope this article has helped you in choosing the right facial hair removal treatment that is suited for your desired result and budget. For a more permanent result, we recommend to opt for treatments that are done by aesthetic professionals.