Whether it’s growing thick between the furrows of your brows or dotting your chin (ack! ack! ack!), unwanted facial hair can be embarrasing. Period. And it’s also not all that uncommon–millions of women are affected by misplaced facial hair (think: above the lip or on the cheeks) each year. In most cases, the condition is hereditary. But, sometimes there may be a medical or hormonal condition at play. Luckily, there are simple at-home strategies and amazingly-effective doctor’s office procedures that can make the unwanted peach fuzz go poof. Cosmetic Dermatologist Paul Jarrod Frank, M.D. gives the 411 on some of the newest (and some tried and true) hair removers.
“One of the latest advancements in laser hair removal technology, the High Speed LightSheer Duet, promises speed, comfort and affordability. With its dramatically increased spot size of 22 mm by 35 mm, this laser reduces treatment time by up to 75 percent without the need for even topical anesthesia or gels. Patients can enjoy 90 percent hair reduction in as few as four treatments.”
“Vaniqa is an Rx cream to be used twice a day that slows hair growth only. It is used for thin peach fuzz hair in between waxing or other removal treatments.”
Waxing and Threading
“They both rid facial hair by pulling the hair out. Generally, both results last the same duration of time. Personal preference varies between patients. Waxing is usually the most painful, given the volume of hair pulled out in one swipe. Individual tweezing or threading is generally more tolerable.”
“It is a myth that if you shave the hairs they grow back thicker and darker. The hair shaft tapers at the end and when you shave it, you’re crossing the midshaft, so it seems like it’s thicker and more coarse. As the hair gets longer however, it will begin to feel softer and it will not appear as dark in comparison to your skin.”