Written by Kate Beswick in Hair Care
Viewed by 216 readers since 08-16-2009
If you’re a woman who has a problem with facial hair, you probably know how it feels to want to get rid of it as quickly as possible. And you probably want to get rid of it permanently too! Unwanted facial hair can be a source of embarrassment for some women. And though there are many options that will get rid of this hair, only a couple of these are permanent. Before buying every product on the market or investing in costly procedures, it’s important to learn about the hair on your face so you can learn how to remove it.
There are only two types of hair that grow on a person’s face. The first are vellus hairs. These hairs are the light, peach fuzz-like hairs that everybody has on their face. They are usually unnoticeable and they feel baby soft. But things like age, health issues, and environmental impacts can turn these soft, light hairs into terminal hairs. Terminal facial hairs are thicker than vellus hairs and they’re also quite dark. Because of this, terminal hairs are much more noticeable than vellus hairs. And that’s most likely why you want to get rid of them!
There are many different ways you can get these hairs off your face. And if you’ve been living with them for awhile, chances are you’ve tried them all. Things like shaving and plucking are not recommended. Shaving can be very irritating to a woman’s face. It also needs to be done every day or every other day, which can become very irritating. Plucking can also leave swollen and red areas on the face. These might even be more noticeable than the hairs you removed! The worst part about both of these options is that they are not permanent. Because of this, they won’t help end your facial hair trouble.
There are only two ways that you can permanently remove your facial hair. These are by electrolysis and laser surgery. With electrolysis, a needle is inserted into each separate hair follicle. This kills the follicle so that it can no longer produce unsightly hair. However, electrolysis has its drawbacks too. Firstly, it requires receiving multiple needles in the facial area. This procedure can be quite painful. And if you’re scared of needles as many people are, it becomes a very scary option. Even if you’re brave enough to undergo electrolysis, it might still take years to get the result you are after.
Laser surgery works much the same way electrolysis does. It works to kill the hair follicles so that they are incapable of producing hair. However instead of needles, this method uses a laser light that spans across the facial area. Laser surgery is usually not associated with pain. But it’s very important to note that in some cases, burning and scarring might still occur. Laser surgery also tends to work best on lighter hair. This means that if your facial hair is very dark, it might be an investment that you get no return on.
It’s important to remember that even with electrolysis and laser surgery, you’re hair may not be gone for good. This is because at any time, vellus hairs can be come terminal hairs. There’s simply nothing you can do about this. And if this happens often, you might need to invest in one of these painful and expensive procedures again. This means that there is no one procedure that is a fail-safe method for permanent facial hair removal. But, if you’re brave enough and your pocketbook allows it, these two options will be your best bet in getting that hair off your face for good!