I am looking for suggestions, at home or salon, for the best way to remove facial hair on lip and chin (some is coarse and white) and on your back and arms (not coarse and white)? I have been told that laser hair removal will not work for coarse white hair. I am looking for the best way to keep it off for the longest time.
Sybil from Rchmond, VA
After a car accident, I had to have plastic surgery on my upper lip twice, and the doctor shaved my lip. I know that people think it is a wives tale that if you shave it will come back thicker and more coarse; but, in my case it did! I have been shaving my lip every day for the past 21 years. I tried to go to a salon and have it waxed, but found that to be way too expensive. But, you could give that a try and see how it works out for you, your hair may not grow back as fast as mine so it may not be as expensive for you to keep up with it. (01/31/2006)
How about the prescription cream Vaniga, which you can get from a dermatologist? My aunt uses it, and apparently, it works well for your problem. Good luck!
I have tweezed my chin hairs (isn't this a horrible subject?) for several years now. It is an OK method to use, but if you look too closely you begin to pluck hairs that could have waited a little longer to be dealt with and then they come back in coarser. My family says that I am obsessive.
I have also had my face waxed, and I really think this is preferable. But you need to make sure that you are not tweezing and waxing, or you will have them coming in at different times and never having the growth under control.
I understand some people do not feel like they have a choice, but, if at all possible, do not shave. It will come back in coarser each time, and after a while it will be stubbly, like a man's. My sweet little aunt did this, and always told me never to follow in her footsteps with that.
When my sister began to have this problem she asked some lady friends of hers and they told her that there was a gadget or device or something that basically was like gliding a razor blade over the surface of the face in order to just get the thin hairs "trimmed", and the theory behind this was to not fool with the root of the hair at all. Don't know how much truth there is to that. I never tried it, had already been tweezing and waxing long enough that that would not work for me.
Let us know what works for you, there has to be a better way! (02/01/2006)
I have a few stubborn hairs on my chin now that I am post-menopausal and I find that the best way is to pluck them with tweezers. They grow back more slowly and I find that after plucking regularly the hair root seems to die (that's why over-plucked eyebrows are a problem). When in a hurry or without tweezers, I shave them, but they do grow in more coarsely. (03/02/2006)
Check out walgreens.com web site and do a search for facial hair. They have some good choices! (03/03/2006)
Definitely wax. Coarse hair removes very well from the lip and chin area. If it gets too expensive for a salon treatment buy a good quality wax from a pharmacy and you can do it from home. Whatever you do don't shave, your hair will be very stubbly. (04/22/2006)
Do not tweeze or wax facial hair because it will stimulate more hair growth. Stop plucking and start shaving. I would throw the tweezers and wax away and get an appointment for electrolysis or laser removal. (10/14/2007)
I have had the same problem for years. Mine is a result of an unfortunate side effect with a poly cystic disorder. My endocrinologist prescribed "Spironalactone" for me and while this has helped (also with the growth on my legs believe it or not) it has not completely removed the problem. Still searching for that "miracle" remedy. Good luck ladies! I feel your pain. (02/23/2009)
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