The face is probably the area of the body that the majority of people are the most self-conscious about. This is because it is the one part of the body that is most visible and least frequently hidden from view.
So what if you have hair on your face that’s not wanted or welcome? Which are the best methods to facial hair removal? Take your pick from the methods below with your own particular needs and circumstances in mind:
Tweezing – most people will be familiar with a pair of tweezers. These small forceps work by pulling the hairs from their follicles. They are cheap and, together with a mirror, are great when travelling for do-it-yourself ‘pluck n go’. They are ideal for removing small areas of hair from the face, such as your eyebrows, cheeks and neck. However, they are not recommended for larger areas of facial hair such as a beard or moustache, or sensitive areas like the nose, and can cause ingrown hairs or skin irritations.
Threading – works in a similar fashion to tweezing, by pulling hairs out of their follicles by winding a cotton thread around each hair. Again, this method is great for quickly removing small areas of facial hair and usually lasts for several weeks. This technique of facial hair removal is a natural method.
Hair removal creams – these creams work by dissolving facial hairs. It is a safe and painless method for most people, but you must ensure that you buy a cream that’s formulated for facial hair removal and check for allergic reaction first before applying widely to your face. Creams however, tend to give only short term results and might not work so well for dark hairs.
Shaving – this is one of the most cost-effective methods available for men to remove hair from the neck, beard and moustache area. Cheap razors are widely available and skin irritations can be minimised by applying gels, creams, foams and lotions. More expensive electrical razors can also be used and users of these devices tend to be less prone to razor cuts. However, the effects of shaving are short term since hairs are cut off at or close to the skin’s surface. This method is also not suitable for women or other areas of the face as hairs tend to grow back with blunted tips, making the re-growth appear thicker.
Electrolysis – this method is ideal for permanent facial hair removal, such as for women. The methodology treats each hair separately and is great for small areas of facial hair. It has been on the market for a relatively long period of time and fewer re-treatments are required as with other methods. The method requires professional use and can be time consuming and moderately painful, so treating large areas of the face would be expensive.
Laser – commonly, lasers are used to remove hairs from the upper lip, the sides of the face, and chin. Hair is removed for long periods of time, if not permanently, and any re-growth is thinner. Normally 3 to 5 treatments will be required to remove facial hair. Laser treatment works best on pale skin and dark hair. Dark skinned or blond or red heads may not see effective results. Laser hair removal should also not be performed around the eyes and eyebrows as it is potentially damaging to vision.
Intense pulsed light (IPL) flash lamps – these devices work in a similar fashion to lasers. They are also more effective on the dark facial hairs of light skinned individuals. Lasers and IPLs can make the skin sensitive, so avoid direct sunlight immediately after treatment.
Waxing – this is a very popular method of facial hair removal that lasts for up to 6 weeks. Most beauty salons offer this service but it’s also possible to buy home removal kits too. Due to the action of ripping the hairs out, this method can be painful and should not be used on areas of skin that have moles, pimples or rashes, irritated skin or combined with some other prescriptions.
Sugaring – works to remove face hairs in a similar manner to waxing. However, it is a more gentle method in that it uses natural substances rather than additive chemicals in waxes. It is suitable for the upper lip but not the beard or other small areas of the face that require greater precision.
Growth inhibitor creams – these types of creams work by inhibiting enzymes that reproduce and perform other cell functions necessary for hair growth. These creams are available by prescription only and will require up to 8 weeks of application before you might see a reduction in hair growth. Effects will last for as long as you use the cream.
Growth inhibitor oral medications – like the inhibitor creams, this method does not remove hair insomuch as it reduces hair growth. Medications have shown positive results but some people are prone too side effects.
Rotary epilators – these devices are not really suitable for facial hair removal since the face is a sensitive area that does not respond well to the plucking motion and hairs need to be fairly long for the epilator to grasp.