How To Get Rid Of Facial Hair?
Facial hair can be a visible source of embarrassment for women of all ages. Hormonal changes in a woman’s body can cause changes in her hair type, and how and where it is produced. Before puberty, facial hair is a fine, thin fluff or vellus. With puberty, hormones transform some hair to a coarse, pigmented variety called terminal. In some women, terminal hair replaces vellus on the face. But there are ways to tackle all this. Be aware of your choices and play it safe!
What Causes Facial Hair?
Hormonal Imbalance: The most common cause for facial hair is hormonal imbalance. Women have both female (estrogen) and male (androgen) hormones. As we age, the levels of both decline and a ratio imbalance – excess of make hormones over female – promotes those stray hairs.
Genetic Factors: The problem can also be genetic. Heredity determines how thickly distributed the hair follicles are in the skin. Certain ethnic groups have more facial hair than others. Your best option is to understand your profile and seek advice from a registered dermatologist. You may be asked to use any of the solutions offered here.
Medical Side Effects: PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) often results in excessive hair. Up to 75% of PCOS patients have excessive hair on the upper lip or the chin. If you have PCOS, birth-control pills can be administered to limit hair growth. Birth-control pills make some of the androgen inactive, reducing growth. Medication such as Spironolactone, a diuretic, and the anti-fungal Ketoconazole block the production of male hormones. Medication including oral contraceptives with norgestrel can cause hirsutism. Over-the-counter-supplements like DHEA that claim to increase libido or build muscle are also guilty. Avoid anabolic acids, and drugs such as estratest and minoxidil. They induce production of androgen that literally bring out the man in you.
Get Rid Of Facial Hair:You can choose from an array of options depending on your budget and time. The most common remedies and their pros and cons:
1. DIY And Salon Procedures:
- Tweezing: Cheap and quick, it is an effective way to get rid of those annoying strays that crop up under the chin and near the jaw line. Pluck your hair in sufficient light. Clean the area with an astringent afterwards to avoid infection in the opened pores. Caution: Attempting to pull out too many can irritate the hair follicle and scar the area.
- Depilatory Creams: A practical and quick (takes 10 minutes) method of hair removal for those last-minute situations – a sudden party or a weekend trip to the beach. These creams are most effective in removing hair from legs, underarms and arms. When using a depilatory cream for the first time do a patch test to make sure your skin is not allergic to it. Caution: It can cause pigmentation in some cases. Therefore, use sparingly.
- Waxing: Perhaps the most popular method of hair removal because waxing is affordable and its effects last upto 3-4 weeks. Post waxing, it is important to clean the waxed area with an astringent and cold water (warm water will leave the pores open and susceptible to infection). Caution: Avoid waxing on the chin. It stretches the skin and could lead to sagging.
- Bleaching: Best for dealing with fine but excessive facial hair. Bleaching turns hair lighter, so it is not easily noticed. It also diminishes the appearance of spots. Since bleaching tends to dry the skin, apply a good moisturizer first. Caution: Do a patch test before you apply the bleach to ensure it’s skin-friendly.
- Electrolysis: This is done by sliding a needle into the skin along the side of a hair follicle and killing it with a short zap of electricity. It’s a blind procedure as the practitioner cannot see the hair root. It is effective on a small scale. Caution: It may result in discoloration of the skin. Get it done only at a highly reputable clinic.
- Laser Hair Removal: This is a better option for large scale hair removal. The effects last up to 6 months. Virtually pain-free, it has few adverse effects and takes little time. At least a hundred hairs can be removed in a single sitting, unlike electrolysis, which removes one hair per shot. That makes it expensive too. Caution: Check out the antecedents of the clinic before you begin treatment.