It’s easy to cover up the unwanted hair on your body—just throw on another layer. However, as you know, it’s not so simple with unwanted facial hair. Your facial fuzz feels free to deposit itself just about anywhere it pleases, without apology: on your upper lip, along your chin, between your brows, or on your cheeks. Not exactly a good look, now is it?
But fear not, as there are many ways to feel confident in your skin. Read on to discover the best ways to deal with your unwanted hair.
Makeup can create fuller lips and cover up skin imperfections, so it can certainly disguise facial hair. A light liquid foundation can help cover and soften the peach fuzz on your upper lip or face. Apply with a synthetic brush or your fingers, and gently swipe color in the direction of the hair growth; then set your foundation into place with a light and even pressure.
Depending on where your hair is, consider makeup contouring to further disguise your peach fuzz. The deft use of highlighter and bronzer can work wonders for camouflaging and masking the appearance of any blemish. And while you’re at it, accentuating another facial feature, such as your high cheekbones or smoky eyes, can distract from any unwanted hair.
If disguising unwanted hair isn’t an option for you, you may want to have it removed altogether. Electrolysis destroys the hair follicle with electrical energy or radio frequency via needles, tweezers, or fine wires. Always seek a qualified and experienced practitioner, since there are some risks involved, including infection from an unclean needle and scarring from improper technique.
Because hair grows at different rates for different people, the number of sessions to permanently remove most of the hair varies from person to person. Electrolysis can be time-consuming and tedious, since it removes one hair at a time. And since each individual hair follicle must be treated more than once, it could make your pores larger, sometimes permanently.
Lasers target and destroy hair follicles with intense light that’s converted into heat. These lasers work best for people with fair skin and dark, thick hair (though lasers that are specifically designed for darker skin do exist). According to the American Academy of Dermatology, six to eight treatments typically yield an 80 percent improvement in permanently removing hair.
But hair removal isn’t the only thing lasers can do. ThreeForMe™ is a safe and effective way to address wrinkles, sun damage, and facial veins—all in one procedure. Talk to your dermatologist about freshening and brightening your skin around your hair with a noninvasive laser treatment.
Swipe and wipe—these gels, creams, and lotions dissolve the protein structure of the hair, which can then be wiped from your skin. Because these are highly alkaline, depilatories can be irritating, so make sure you test a small part of your skin first for any reactions. They’re also not advised for use around your eyes or on inflamed or broken skin. Results will last a week or two, on average.
If you find depilatories messy, bleaching your hair is another short-term option. It also isn’t recommended for sensitive skin areas.
Waxing and Threading
Rather than remove hair at the surface of the skin, these processes pull hair from the follicle below your skin’s surface. Waxing can be done with hot or cold wax. Once it hardens, it’s quickly pulled off (either on its own or covered with a strip of fabric) in the opposite direction of the way your hair is growing, uprooting the hair on your upper lip, cheeks, brows, and chin with it. People with circulatory problems or diabetes should stay away from waxing and use caution not to apply it over varicose veins, moles, or warts.
Threading, an ancient technique common in Middle Eastern and Asian countries, is done with a loop of cotton thread that’s held tightly and twisted and rotated across the skin. Hair is then plucked out from the follicle. This method works best on smaller areas, such as your cheeks, upper lip, and eyebrows.
Don’t let unwanted facial hair ruin your self-esteem. With these tips, you can regain control over your appearance, and with it, you may even rediscover your confidence.