Excess facial hair on women is incredibly common, yet it remains a taboo subject. Hormonal imbalances can be a cause of this and so can having a genetic pre-disposition for facial hair. It can affect a woman’s self-confidence and often make her feel un-feminine. Many resort to quick-fix hair removal methods, but these don’t have long-lasting effects and can actually make the problem worse. Hair removal creams, shaving and plucking can cause the hairs to grow back thick and coarse, as well as damaging the hair follicle which is likely to lead to ingrown hairs.
What treatments are available?
Permanent facial hair reduction methods are available but can be painful, expensive and time consuming. It does make sense to spend more money on a treatment that will give you permanent results, but be sure to research all of the options to find the right treatment for you.
Electrolysis involves a fine sterile needle being inserted into each hair follicle to give the hairs an electric shock which kills the follicle. Hairs then cannot grow back, however it is worth noting that if a new hair is growing underneath the one that has been shocked, it will still grow through. This means that as many as twelve sessions can be required, and at £20 for a fifteen minute session (which will only cover a small area like the top lip) electrolysis can be expensive.
Laser hair removal involves a strong laser targeting the hair growth and destroying the follicle, preventing hair from re-growing. Laser treatment can be costly as a course of six treatments is usually required. Lasers work best on people with dark hair and pale skin because they target the pigment in the hair. This treatment is therefore not suitable for dark skin or people with pale facial hair.
Intense Pulsed Light is similar to laser treatment, but uses various light wavelengths, and lamps are bigger allowing a much larger area to be treated at any one time. IPL is said to be less painful and less time consuming than laser treatments, as well as being one of the cheaper permanent hair reduction methods available. Home hair removal systems are available meaning you can treat yourself in privacy, whenever you need to (usually five or six sessions are required with an annual ‘top-up’ session) without embarrassment or discomfort.
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