Facial Hair – Reasons For Growth, Options For Removal, Care after Hair Removal

Do you live in dread of turning into a bearded old lady? Well so do we…..
One of life’s cruel tricks is to send facial fluff production haywire around menopause. Even women who’ve never been bothered before can find hairs start sprouting more noticeable – particularly on the upper lip. Then there are those single, wiry hairs which make a break for freedom…

The Reason For Growth Of Facial Hair

Hairs usually have a hormonally controlled, natural glowing cycle, with a cut-out mechanism. At menopause, the cut-out mechanism in some hairs fails to kick in so they go on getting longer. (Annoyingly, excess facial hair in women, like men, can go in tandem with thinning scalp hair.)

The Reason For Growth Of Facial Hair

The Reason For Growth Of Facial Hair

Single stray hairs can be plucked with an efficient pair of tweezers. If you’re too short-sighted to spot them, make a pact with your nearest and dearest friend, or a trusted beauty therapist, to tell you if you’re sprouting.

Options for Removing Facial Hair:

Bleaching:

Many bleaching creams are available in the market according to different skin types; however, excessive use of bleaching products containing hydrogen peroxide can irritate sensitive skin. Bleaching agent can also cause permanent darkening of the skin. So make sure to use as minimal as possible.

Depilatories:

Notorious for itchy inches and odorous odours but new formulations have reduced problems by adding soothing ingredients and masking the chemical smell. These products may still be perilous for those with truly sensitive skin – so again, do a patch test, use a product specially targeted at facial hair, for recommended time only. You will stay smoother for around two weeks.

Waxing:

salon or home waxing will keep you smoother longer; fine hairs appear in around two weeks, thicker growth in four to six weeks. But remember, you need around 5mm-1cm regrowth before you can wax again.

Threading:

Two intertwined threads roll across the skin catching hair and pulling from the root. Same regrowth as plucking.

Electrolysis:

Fine needles conduct a very low electric diathermy current to destroy the hair. There’s a high pain factor and since up to 30% of hairs are dormant at any one time and won’t be affected by the treatment, you will need a series of treatments. Duration and frequency of sessions vary widely depending on the size of the area to be treated, a number of follicles and any previous treatment – if you have recently waxed or tweezed, it takes longer. Make sure you consult a qualified

electrolysis; if electrolysis is done badly, it may create scarring. Destroying the follicle by galvanic tweezers removal is another form of electrolysis as is trans dermal electrolysis, which uses a probe and an ionized gel (rather than a needle) to transmit the current via the skin to the hair follicles. It claims to avoid swelling, bruising, scabbing or scarring, but as yet is only in limited distribution. All forms of electrical hair removal can leave red marks which may last for some days.

Epil-Pro:

A new and very successful technique where tweezers grab the hair as thousands of sound waves pass through it in a fraction of a second. There are minimal pain, irritation, and damage to surrounding tissues.

Laser Hair Removal

Various different laser-type systems are now in use, including the Ruby laser, PhotoDerm and SoftLight, the first laser to get FDA approval in the US for hair removal. The best results with Ruby and PhotoDerm are in women with dark, coarse hair against pale skin; grey, white, ginger and fine downy hairs respond poorly because there is not enough pigment for the laser to focus on. Coloured women are generally advised not to have laser treatment as it could affect their pigmentation but the manufacturers of SoftLight claim that because its laser beam doesn’t target melanin, unlike Ruby and PhotoDerm, it can be used on all skin and hair colours.

Always follow manufacturers instructions for at-home treatment. If you are anxious, consult your doctor and ask for a referral to an appropriate dermatologist.

Care after Hair Removal

Do not go out in the sun immediately after hair removal session. It can cause sunburn or might irritate the freshly exfoliated sensitive skin of the beauties.

Use cold water to wash the body or face after hair removal. It helps to calm inflammation and redness after removing hair.

Do not exfoliate skin for at least 1 week after removing hair.

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