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Like Mother, Like Daughter: Facial Hair Edition


An over abundance of androgens for women is not only less than ideal, it is downright hairy, literally.

With women’s hormones varying for a variety of reasons, inevitable and unwanted facial and chin hair is always on the horizon. NIH reports that “many women find it bothersome, or even embarrassing.”

Like hormonal imbalances, genetics plays a prominent role. LIVESTRONG.COM reports that though with each patient “the exact cause is never identified. It tends to run in families.”

So ladies, chances are if your mother has chin or facial hair, you will too. Like mother, like daughter, there may be no getting around unwanted hair but many ways to get rid of it. Let’s start with the most expensive and permanent methods first. If you have the extra cash and are willing to invest in a winning battle against unwanted hair, start saving your money now because laser is the way to go.

The Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery is one of the nation’s top places to have the procedure done. According to the institute typically, “three to five treatments are necessary to experience optimal results.”

The institute reports that with skin and hair color being important factors on success, as well as the “area treated,” patients have up to an 80 percent decrease in the treated region. “The areas that respond best to treatment are the bikini and the underarm, while the chin and back respond less well,” according to the institute.

Take away high-tech and high-cost treatments like laser hair removal, the least expensive method of removing unwanted chin and facial hair is shaving. “It doesn’t affect hair growth at all,” Dr. Tanzi, co-director of laser surgery for the institute, explained. “Your hair grows the same amount. It just feels stubbly. Your hair naturally has a soft and wispy end. But if you shave it, it comes back as a blunt end, feeling thicker. It grows at the same rate and thickness.”

Another inexpensive method many women resort to in a pinch is depilatory creams. Though it takes up to 10 minutes on the applied area, the over-the-counter treatment does work. Of course, waxing is always a popular method, making hair removal quick and easy with a little burn. The do-it-yourself treatment, though not as expensive as salon costs, can wind up messy and even cause burns if not applied properly, which is why most women opt for making an appointment.

Then there is threading, not necessarily familiar, but very effective. Well+GOOD reports “technicians use a twisted cotton thread to pull the hairs out from the follicle, in a line,” and “typically your hair grows back more slowly than waxing.” An ancient Indian technique, the method enables technicians to grab even the most diminutive hairs.

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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