Guide To Permanent Facial Hair Removal

There is certainly no shortage of hair removal products on the market today, but is there a way to get permanent results?

An abundance of hair removal products are available to consumers today. Online and in stores, there are literally hundreds of different options for hair removal. When making selections for your hair removal needs, how do you determine, with all of the overwhelming options, which is right for you?

Hirsutism is the name of the condition of having excess hair. This can be on the body or face. If your hair follicles are overly sensitive to male hormones, which are referred to as androgens, your tendency to grow excess hair is increased. This condition can be inconvenient and embarrassing for many women. It can make them feel less feminine and, in some cases, destroy self-esteem. The causes of this condition vary. It is believed that being overweight can cause excess androgens and, for some women, simply losing excess weight can help with the problem of excess facial hair. It is also believed that stress can cause excess androgens. It's usually a good idea to discuss with your doctor the possibility that something medical could be causing your excess hair before assuming you are just unlucky.

There are two different types of hair that can grow on the face. Vellus hairs are the light, nearly invisible hairs that are similar to the fuzz on a baby. Age, health factors, and other unknown reasons can cause those hairs to turn into terminal hairs. Terminal hairs are the dark, thick, visible hairs that can sometimes grow on a woman's face.


Shaving is probably the most popular and well-known hair removal method. This method, however, is by no means permanent and most experts will agree, it's not a good idea to shave your face. The last thing you want is your husband's five o'clock shadow. Save shaving for your legs and underarms. Plucking is another hair removal method that's not permanent. While it's good for a few stray hairs, plucking can scar and irritate the skin. In addition to that, it can cause ingrown hairs. Waxing, although not permanent, can have good results. Consider your threshold for pain before considering waxing as an option. Hair removal creams are also available. Most contain acidic ingredients that literally melt the hair away. Again, not permanent. And, if you have sensitive skin, these can cause extreme irritation.

Electrolysis and laser hair removal are the only two hair removal methods that come close to permanent hair removal. However, with both options, the desired results can possibly take years to achieve. With electrolysis, a needle is inserted into the hair follicle to deaden the root. This can be painful and if you have a phobia of needles, not the most fun sounding procedure. With laser hair removal, a laser light is flashed in intervals over the skin to deaden the hair follicles. Laser hair removal, however, typically only works for light skinned people. It can also cause burning and scarring. With both of these options, the main drawback is that at any time a vellus hair can turn terminal. Because of this, at any given time, you could need touch up work. (Not quite permanent) Although many companies are selling electrolysis and laser hair removers for home use, because of the risks of burns and scars, it is best that you let a professional perform these procedures if you are considering one of these options.

Scientifically, it is impossible to guarantee 100% permanent hair removal. Be leery of cleverly worded ads that claim this. While they offer you a 100% satisfaction guarantee, it may not be that their product permanently removes hair, but that the product will be free from defects. Very tricky. Every person and their reason for excess hair is different. As a result, each person may react to certain hair removal method differently. For example, a woman with polycystic ovarian syndrome can have excess hair because of her condition, which is a hormonal imbalance. No hair removal method can correct a hormonal imbalance. Even the hair inhibitors on the market today, both prescription and non-prescription, require continued use to maintain results. Stopping can normally cause the hair to come back within about two months. So, what is your best option? If you have unwanted excess hair, discuss it with your doctor. As not fun as that may sound, it's going to be a lot better than going broke trying all of those so called "permanent hair removers" when, in reality, they don't exist.

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