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Swear by these 6 techniques to get rid of unwanted facial hair

We all know how annoying and unsightly unwanted facial hair can be, but fret not, because these six techniques will offer the best solution to your problem!
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Get rid of unwanted facial hair in no time. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Dr T.N Rekha Singh Published: 15 Apr 2021, 15:41 pm IST
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Facial hair growth is natural but a significant grooming concern for most of us. However, one may experience excessive facial hair due to genetics, hormonal changes or other underlying issues. If you’re dealing with dark and coarse stubborn facial hair or just the blanket of peach fuzz, you should know that there are multiple techniques to get rid of them, both in the short and long term. This article will explore top methods to effectively eliminate unwanted facial hair and get smooth and flawless skin. You can choose the best one suited for your grooming needs.

1. Waxing

Waxing is one of the most popular methods to eliminate unwanted facial hair from the roots effectively. Known to deliver results that last up to a month or so, you can opt for waxing at home, using the wax strips or as a salon service. There are both hot and cold wax options to apply to the skin using a spatula to trap unwanted hair. You can place a disposable paper towel and quickly pull in the direction of the hair growth to enjoy hair-free skin.

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Those pesky hairs on your chin are sign on hirsutism. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Waxing can be messy, tedious, uncomfortable, and painful, especially for those who have sensitive skin. It may result in ingrown hair, burns, rashes and even dark spots. It is a popular grooming option, as it seems pocket-friendly in the short-term. However, as it demands repeated salon visits, pain, infection, discomfort and recurrent investment of time and money, it becomes a life-long expenditure.

2. Tweezing

It is the most common and go-to method for removing stray strands of facial hair at home. It involves using a pair of tweezers to remove those tiny and hard-to-reach hairs. You need to grip them by the hair shaft and pluck them out carefully with a steady hand. It is often the best bet to tame the eyebrows and keep the stubble on the chin and upper lip area out of sight. However, one can experience mild discomfort during tweezing, and if not done correctly, it may lead to ingrown hair. Tweezing is a slow and challenging method that doesn’t yield permanent results. However, it is a go-to method for maintaining hair-free skin between your salon visits.

3. Shaving

Shaving is one of the easiest ways to get rid of facial hair from the skin’s surface using a razor. It is a painless method that is primarily popular among men as a daily grooming regimen to manage their scruff. However, it may lead to ingrown hair, cuts and razor burns, if not done correctly. It offers results that are not long-lasting. So, you have to shave almost every day to avoid the 4 o’clock shadow. Sometimes allergy to shaving creams and foams may add to the problem.

4. Threading

Threading is an age-old hair removal technique, involving a thread to uproot the unwanted hair follicles. It is the cheapest way to eliminate unwanted facial hair, especially on the eyebrows and upper lip. But it can be painful if not done correctly, and may cause nicks and rashes. It offers results that may not last more than a week.

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You can use some natural remedies to get rid of facial hair. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
5. Depilatory creams

Depilatory creams contain strong alkaline and harsh chemicals that break down the hair’s proteins to make it easy to dissolve unwanted facial fuzz and wipe off. The entire process takes about 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the product’s formula. The process is painless and convenient, yet a patch test is a must before using depilatory creams to avoid any allergic reactions. Depilatory creams may be harsh and unsuitable for the delicate facial skin, causing redness, swelling, itchiness, or bumps. The results only last for a couple of days as they remove hair from the skin’s surface. Depilatory creams are avoidable for long-term use.

6. Laser hair removal

The advanced hair removal procedure employs the latest laser technology to get rid of hair from any part of the body, including facial hair, painlessly. Unlike other temporary methods discussed above, laser hair removal is a revolutionary treatment modality for permanently reducing facial hair without any significant side effects.

The procedure performed by expert dermatologists involves using a laser beam of a specific wavelength to target the melanin in the hair follicle and prevent further hair growth. It takes multiple sessions, depending from person to person, to give optimal results depending on the skin and hair type and tone as well as the underlying hormonal status.

Laser treatment is the safest method to eliminate facial hair, and get silky soft hair-free skin permanently. It is an investment of a lifetime worth making to break free from the vicious cycle of hair growth, removal and repeat. It is advised to opt for it at reputed skin clinics run by medical professionals after proper consultation and customisation.

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Face shaving — Yay or Nay? Image courtesy: Shutterstock
The last word

Depending on your choice of hair removal method, you can enjoy smooth and hair-free facial skin for days, weeks, years, or more. If you’re looking for a more permanent and lasting solution for unwanted facial hair, it makes sense to opt for laser hair removal treatment. Laser hair removal ensures a permanent reduction in hair growth without the risks of ingrown hair, cuts, nicks, or bumps.

Though labelled a pricey option compared to other temporary hair removal methods, it is a fast, painless, and safe procedure to get hair-free facial skin and save money in the long run. Go right ahead and make an informed decision to bid goodbye to your facial fuzz today!

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Dr T.N Rekha Singh, Senior Consultant Dermatologist and the Training Head at Oliva Skin & Hair Clinic ...Read More

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