Everything you need to know about facial hair removal

facial hair removal

Are you annoyed by the fuzz along your upper lip, hairs on your chin? You are not alone. Female facial hair is actually quite common. Before you take your tweezer, razor or any other hair removal devices, you need to know the benefits and drawbacks of each method and decide which one fits for you.

Shaving

Shaving is very easy, effective and pain free. But you need to shave on a regular basis, and it is possible to cause ingrown hairs, which makes you feel painful.

Waxing

Waxing is extremely effective. It removes the hair from its root. When done properly, the smooth, hairless skin can last for several weeks. Some people think waxing is quite painful, and if you have a sensitive skin, waxing may not be a good choice. It also has a potential of skin darkening. The worst part is you have to endure the hair grows back at least a quarter-inch long to wax again. Otherwise, the wax won’t be able to stick to the hair.

Tweezing

You can target the exact hairs with tweezing. That is why it is suitable on eyebrows. However, this hair removal method is time consuming, painful, and it can also cause ingrown hairs.

Depilatory

Facial depilatories come in different forms like creams, gels, lotions, etc. They all contain chemicals, dissolving the hair on the skin surface. When you use a depilatory product, the hair free result lasts longer than shaving. Unlike waxing, it is painless.

Depilatory products have a tendency to cause redness on the skin, especially when your skin is sensitive. Besides, some depilatory products have unpleasant odors. So when you use this method, make sure to choose a high-quality product that specifically made for face, and do a patch test first.

Epilators

Epilators are quick and efficient, especially for large skin areas like legs. But the result doesn’t last long, you have to do it frequently. For some people with low threshold for pain, it could be painful.

Laser

Laser hair removal involves the use of laser light technology. Laser device emits pulses of light that penetrates to the hair root, heats and decomposes melanin, thus the regrowth of hair is stopped permanently. Depending on your hair type and skin color, the results vary from person to person.

Each treatment is painless, easy, and quick. However, you need to book appointments with laser spa, which is quite expensive. And you need to come back for several follow-up sessions for the laser treatment to be effective.

It is best for women having finer facial hair with slow growth. For those with dark, thick hair, hairless result can be achieved by multiple treatment and maintenance sessions. After each session, hair growth is noticeably finer and thinner.

Electrolysis

Here is how it works. A small needle is inserted into the skin, delivers current to the hair follicle. The current destroys the hair follicle and stops the hair from re-growing permanently. Unlike laser that targets one area at a time. Each needle only targets one hair follicle.

So you can imagine, electrolysis doesn’t only involve one needle, it needs dozens or hundreds of needles depending on the area of the skin. It is painful and extremely time consuming.

One benefit: the result is permanent. Besides, you can remove the hairs near eyebrows and eyes, which is impossible with laser treatment.  

IPL

IPL stands for intense pulsed light. The working principle is similar to laser but differs in the types of light it emits. Laser device emits the light of one wavelength. IPL uses wavelengths of multiple frequencies.

Unlike laser, IPL can be done at home. Depending on the hair color and skin type, it usually takes 8 – 12 weeks to eliminate the facial hair. Each treatment is quick, safe and effective.

Please note that IPL is not suitable for darker skin tone and lighter hair color. If you have a darker than milk-with-coffee skin tone, using IPL may cause skin burns and blisters.