5 Methods for Facial Hair Removal

Few things irritate women more than unsightly facial hair. Women with facial hair may feel embarrassed, socially awkward, unattractive, etc. Fortunately, there are several fairly easy methods of facial hair removal.

1. Shaving

The easiest way to get rid of facial hair is simply to shave it off. However, shaving cuts off hair at the level of the skin. The undamaged hair follicle quickly grows new hair. In fact, it may be less than a day before stubble reappears. One must often shave two or three times a day to remove all signs of facial hair. Overall shaving may work as a quick fix for facial hair removal, but it is impractical in the long term.

2. Plucking

Plucking refers to using a pair of tweezers to remove unwanted hair. Since the hair is pulled out at the root, it may take several days for the hair to re-grow. On the negative side, plucking can be painful and can irritate the skin. If you have a large area of facial hair, plucking as a means of facial hair removal is probably not for you.

3. Creams, Gels, And Ointments

Facial hair removal creams dissolve hair at the skin’s surface. Some creams are harsh and can irritate the skin, so test the cream on a small, hidden area of flesh before using it on larger areas.

Another option for facial hair removal is a topical ointment called Vaniqa. Available only be prescription, Vaniqa works to reduce the amount of androgen in the system, thus significantly slowing the re-growth of hair. Since Vaniqa does not actually remove hair, it must be used in conjunction with a facial hair removal method such as plucking or shaving.

4. Waxing

Waxing has gotten a bad name over the years because it can be painful, but used every four to six weeks, it can be a powerful tool in facial hair removal. As with creams and gels, it is best to test a small area on your skin to be sure that waxing does not cause too much irritation. Avoid waxing skin services that are already irritated (e.g., sunburned, irritated from plucking, etc.)

5. Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal involves exposing the hair follicle to a laser–bright, pulsating light. This damages the hair follicle. Re-growth may take six months or longer. Laser hair removal is a very effective method of facial hair removal, but it can be expensive because it involves several treatments and must be performed by a professional.