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Does Facial Hair Removal Speed Up Skin Wrinkling?


Removing facial hair improves appearance, but you may have heard that certain types of removal promote wrinkles. When done properly, that doesn’t appear to be the case. However, it is essential for a licensed, trained esthetician to perform most types of facial hair removal for best results.


Although threading is an ancient hair removal practice in the Far East, it’s relatively new to the West. It’s used primarily for eyebrow hair. It’s fast, but it can hurt. Threading pulls the hair out of the follicle, in a sort of “lasso” movement. When done on a regular basis, threading can damage the follicle enough so that hair does not grow back. Because eye skin is pulled back, there’s a belief that threading can cause wrinkling in this delicate area, there is no scientific evidence to substantiate this.


Waxing in particular has an undeserved reputation for causing premature wrinkling. However, it’s probably not the ideal method to get rid of facial hair. Waxing removes hair at the root, and can result in temporary reddening or pimples. Facial skin is delicate, and frequent waxing can cause it to loosen, although not wrinkle per se. Frequent facial waxing may accelerate wrinkling, but most people do not wax their faces several times a week.


Laser hair removal works by aiming a concentrated light beam at the hair. Pigment in the hair absorbs the light, which causes follicle damage. Depending on the individual, hair is removed for months or years, or never grows back. It does not cause wrinkling, and is probably the most effective way to remove hair. The downside – it’s more expensive than other methods.


Depilatories are messy but effective. On the plus side, they don’t hurt the way waxing or threading might. They work by dissolving hair at the root surface, so you must apply the depilatory fairly regularly. Because the creams used in depilatory products certainly won’t cause wrinkling. Avoid using creams designed to eliminate body hair on your face, as they contain more of the hair removal chemical.


Shaving doesn’t appear to accelerate wrinkle formation. In fact, it probably slows down the process, as shaving promotes skin exfoliation. When men shave, they aren’t removing the hair per se, but simply cutting it down.

Correctly used, facial hair removal products and devices shouldn’t accelerate the wrinkling process. It’s far more important to stay out of the sun and consume a healthy diet to avoid wrinkling than worry about facial hair removers.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about hair removal, please feel free to schedule a consultation or contact one of our representatives today!

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