Facial Hair: To remove or not to remove
To remove or not to remove — that is a personal choice …as well as a pretty sensitive one too. And we mean that literally. The skin on your face is more delicate than the skin on your legs so it’s important to be careful about the hair-removal methods you choose.
No matter the type of hair removal you’re considering, it’s important that you pay attention to your skin. If you have bumps, ingrown hairs or sensitivity, then your hair-removal method might not be the right fit for your skin.
Start with well moisturized skin, as the more pliable the skin, the less likely it will be inflamed or irritated with the pressure of the tool. Exfoliating once or twice a week to remove any dead skin cells on the surface will help prevent ingrown hairs, and finishing with a lotion or oil will keep skin hydrated and protected.
For individuals with darker facial hair and lighter skin, laser hair removal is a good option. Lighter hair, which has less pigment, can be much less effective. Hair loss can be seen after as little as three sessions. Caution should be taken when having laser hair removal on the face because of the proximity of the treatment to the eyes. Proper goggles designed for the specific laser being used must be worn during treatment.
Derms don’t recommend waxing the upper lip, as that commonly leads to ingrown hairs.
Depilatory creams are easy to use, they break down the chemical bond in the hair follicle so they are weak enough to break off but they can irritate the facial skin and of course the removal is temporary as the hairs grow back.
For frustrating little whiskers on your chin or cheeks, you can also use permanent hair removal with lasers. However gray, white or very light blond may not be picked up by the laser.
If it’s only one or two stray hairs we suggest plucking them out with a tweezer.
It can be tough to get rid of the fine vellus hairs known as peach fuzz with typical hair-removal methods like waxing and threading. The best way to remove peach fuzz is with dermaplaning, which is when a dermatologist or aesthetician uses a surgical scalpel to gently scrape unwanted peach fuzz and dead skin from the face. The result is soft, hair-free, exfoliated skin. Unlike laser hair removal, however, the results from dermaplaning are temporary, and must be repeated every four weeks.
The tried-and-tested methods of eyebrow hair removal are threading and waxing, and of course, tweezing. All of these methods are, of course, temporary, although overgrooming can lead to permanent hair loss. Too much tweezing or waxing earlier in life can traumatize and eventually kill hair follicles, resulting in a permanent thinning of the eyebrows. If permanent is your goal, you can treat your brows with laser, but should you want thicker eyebrows at some point (brow trends change!), you may not be able to grow them back in.