How to Deal with Facial Hair as a Woman
While facial hair may be natural in men, this isn’t something that women want to be dealing with. Unfortunately, some women are more prone to this than others, usually because of a hormonal imbalance.
Wondering how to deal with your facial hair?
You have a few options…
One of the quickest ways to make facial hair less visible is to lighten it.
Keep in mind that this doesn’t actually remove the hair (keep reading for hair removal options). Instead, it removes any dark pigment, turning the hairs much lighter.
Wondering what the process is like?
You would need to purchase a facial hair lightening kit, which will contain a product that has been formulated with bleach.
As you can imagine, bleach can be quite a harsh ingredient, meaning that many people do experience sensitivities after using lightening products. Rather than subjecting your entire face to this, it would be a good idea to do a patch test first, applying the product to just a small area of your face so that you can see how your skin tolerates it.
The bleach usually needs to sit on the skin for about ten minutes, after which it is then rinsed off.
With this being such a quick and easy treatment, hair lightening is something that you can do yourself at home. It is also very affordable, especially when compared to some of the hair removal methods mentioned below.
However, lightening isn’t suitable for everyone…
If your hair is very long or thick, then the bleach won’t be able to disguise it quite as well.
The color of your facial hair, as well as your skin, matters too…
If your facial hair is quite dark, and your skin tone is also quite dark, then lightening those hairs may only end up making them contrast even more against your skin tone.
When it comes to removing facial hair, you have a few options, some being permanent and others not.
Waxing is one of the more common hair removal methods out there. While many only associate it with hair on the body, it can be carried out on the face too.
However, while it may be common and easy to do, it is also quite an aggressive form of hair removal. The tougher skin on the body may be able to handle it, but the skin on your face is so much more delicate. This is why waxing facial hair is not recommended for anyone with rosacea, or even sensitive or acne-prone skin.
One more thing to keep in mind if you plan on waxing your facial hair…
You will need to be so careful with the skin care products that you use after this. You will have to be extremely diligent about constantly keeping your face protected from the sun, and will also need to watch which exfoliants you use – acids are definitely out.
Looking for a permanent way to eradicate your facial hair?
Electrolysis may be the answer, especially if your hair is on the thicker side.
Wondering what electrolysis actually involves?
A fine needle is inserted into each hair follicle, deep enough to reach the blood supply in each one. Heat is then transferred down the needle, sealing off the blood supply to the hair follicle.
After that, the needle is removed and a pair of tweezers are used to pull out the hair from that follicle.
Since there is no longer a blood supply in that follicle, the hair will not regrow.
Sounds good, right?
You are probably wondering if there is a downside…
Well, in terms of skin type and color, along with hair type and color, there are no limitations on who can try the treatment. However, this is quite an expensive form of hair removal, and you need to make sure that you choose a skilled therapist. After all, your results will only be as good as your therapist is!
One more thing to keep in mind…
You will need multiple electrolysis sessions for the results to be permanent. The exact figure varies depending on your hair type, growth and thickness, but it can usually take about 15 sessions before the results are said to be permanent.
Threading is a method of hair removal that has been used for centuries.
Never tried threading before?
It is a technique that makes use of a thin piece of twisted cotton thread, with this being swiped against the skin at a rapid pace. This removes the hair from the root, but does not take any skin off with it.
If you pick someone who has had lots of experience with threading, the process only takes a few minutes. Many also find it much less painful than waxing and plucking.
However, just like with waxing, you do need to be extremely careful with the skin on your face after threading, as well as before. Stay away from harsh ingredients and exfoliating acids, going for gentle and soothing products instead.
4) Hair Removal Creams
If you’ve got a low tolerance for pain, a hair removal cream may be ideal for you.
How does a hair removal cream actually work?
When you apply it to your skin, it breaks down the protein bonds within each hair, basically dissolving the hair. It only takes a few minutes for this to happen and, once it does, you can then either rinse the hairs off your face, or simply wipe them off.
This may sound quick, easy and painless, but the results don’t tend to last for very long. This is because the hair hasn’t been removed from the root, meaning that the hairs will start to become visible again after a few days. Of course, this does depend on how thick and dark your facial hair is.
You should also keep in mind that hair removal creams contain very strong chemicals. Even if you go for formulas that have been designed for sensitive skin, you may still have to deal with irritations.
Sugaring is a hair removal technique that many have never heard of, but is one that is becoming increasingly popular.
Because it is natural and gentle, and the results last for about six weeks.
Wondering what the sugaring process involves?
It makes use of a paste that is made from:
- Lemon juice
This is all the paste contains – there are no chemicals, additives or anything else within it, which is why sugaring is a fantastic hair removal option for those with sensitive skin.
The paste is then warmed by the hands, applied onto the skin and left for a few seconds. As it cools, it hardens slightly. It is then flicked off the skin, pulling out any hairs with it.
Since the process is quite gentle, and also pulls the entire hair out rather than breaking it and leaving some behind, your hair will grow back at a slower rate, and will also be softer and thinner when it does. If you keep sugaring on a regular basis, you will notice quite the reduction in facial hair over time.
Does sugaring hurt?
It isn’t pain-free, but it is much less painful than waxing.
6) Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is a semi-permanent way to eliminate your facial hair.
Although it may be officially classed as a semi-permanent hair removal method, it does significantly reducing hair growth to the point where you likely won’t need to use any other hair removal methods in the future. However, when it comes to FDA status, only electrolysis has been approved as being a permanent form of hair removal.
How does it work?
The laser is applied to the skin, where it zones in on the pigment cells in the hair follicles. These are the cells that produce the melanin that give your hair its color. Once the laser has focused in on the melanin, it burns the hair follicle, as well as the root of the hair.
Think it sounds painful?
Many people do find it quite painful, although less so than waxing. Many technicians do apply ice to the area before beginning the treatment, as this helps to numb the skin, making the whole process much less painful.
Just like with electrolysis, you will need multiple laser hair removal sessions in order to notice a significant difference. However, you won’t need quite as many as you would with electrolysis – three or four sessions are usually enough, although some people do need to have up to eight. These sessions need to be spaced out, leaving around six weeks in between each one.
Do you have dark skin?
Certain lasers are ineffective when it comes to dark skin, since they can’t properly distinguish between the dark hair follicles and the skin tone.
However, this doesn’t mean that laser hair removal isn’t an option for you…
All you need to do is find a technician that makes use of a laser that is suitable for darker skin tones.
Of course, finding a qualified and experienced technician is important no matter your skin tone. If you go for someone who is not properly qualified, you could be left with nasty burns and other unwanted side effects.
Deal with It from Within
It was mentioned earlier that excessive facial hair on women can often be caused by hormonal imbalances.
When a woman has extra testosterone or androgens in her body, hair growth usually increases, since these are the hormones responsible for it.
While there are certain medications you could take to help re-balance your hormone levels, you could also do this through the food that you eat too…
This is known as taking a holistic approach to balancing out hormones, and has been proven to be quite successful.
Want to know what you should and shouldn’t be eating?
Well, there are certain foods out there that can actually help to lower the amount of testosterone that your body produces. These include:
If you want to get even more advanced, there are also certain herbs that help to re-balance the female hormones in the body, such as:
- Spearmint – lowers testosterone in the bloodstream, with some studies showing that spearmint can lower androgens too
- Saw palmetto – has an anti-androgenic effect
- Chaste tree berry – lowers levels of androgens in the body, but can interfere with certain drugs
- Lavender and tea tree oil – both essential oils have been shown to help with excess facial hair when used topically
Of course, these herbs aren’t easily available in most places, but you will likely be able to find hormone-balancing supplements that contain them.
You should also make sure that you are keeping an eye on your weight…
Being overweight can lead to the body over-producing testosterone and androgens. Keeping your body at a healthy weight will help to prevent this, so make sure that you are getting plenty of exercise too.
Your final option when it comes to facial hair is…
This is what some women are starting to do, and they have all found that it leaves them feeling much more empowered.
Yes, all of the female models and celebrities that you see in magazines and on television don’t have facial hair, but they do also have the power of Photoshop and makeup teams behind them.
After all, your facial hair is a natural part of your body. If you can learn to live with it and love it, then this will save you so much time and money when it comes to lightening and removal methods.
It can definitely be difficult to deal with facial hair as a woman, especially if you have always longed for a smooth and hairless complexion. Fortunately, there are so many options available to you when it comes to tackling your facial hair – all you need to do now is pick the one that appeals to you the most!