You’ve begun to notice the signs–a faint mustache and a few chin hairs that randomly appear. Even though you may feel a little panicked at the thought of unwanted facial hair, you do not need to worry. You won’t turn into the bearded lady. Women can remove facial hair effectively and safely without reaching for the razor or harmful creams.
Before beginning any hair removal process, speak to your health care provider. Some facial hair growth in women is normal. Excessive facial hair, however, can signal an underlying medical condition. Changes in hormones, medications, insulin resistance, tumors and ovarian cysts can cause facial hair, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Your doctor can rule out any of these conditions and create a treatment plan if she discovers a condition or prescribes a prescription cream for facial hair.
Threading removes hairs by pulling them out from the roots with a strong thread. The practice dates far back in the Middle East and Egypt where it is still common. Finding a salon that performs threading is fairly easy nowadays, but you can also do it at home. Before threading any facial hair, practice on leg hair. As an alternative, you can use a hand-operated epilator. The metal spring-like device works in a similar fashion to threading, though you might find it easier to master.
Using wax or a sugar-based mixture removes an area of hair all at once. If you have delicate skin, waxing may not prove the best choice. It can cause skin irritation. Some tips help waxing remove hair more effectively and less painfully. Brush a little cornstarch or talc onto the skin that you will wax. The cornstarch helps protect the skin when you pull the wax off. Hair needs to grow to approximately 1/4 inch for the wax to adhere to it properly. You pull the wax off with a fabric strip applied over the wax. Pull quickly and firmly in the direction opposite to the hair growth.
Tweezing is the simplest home method and requires only a high-quality pair of tweezers and a magnifying mirror. Removing facial hair with tweezers is a slow process, but it allows you control over exactly how much hair to remove. Sterilize the tweezers with rubbing alcohol before plucking. Run hot water over a washcloth. Squeeze out the excess and place the cloth over the area of hair you want to remove to open the pores. When using tweezers, pull the hair firmly in the direction the hair grows. Go slow and gentle. Avoid yanking the hairs out and grip the hair close to the skin.
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