10 Tips for girls on how to get rid of facial hair
The excess growth of facial hair on a woman, called hirsutism, can occur at any age, but is more likely to occur after the age of 18. The cause of hair growth on the face can simply be genetic, or it can be caused by an increase of the levels of male hormones in the blood. Excess facial hair can be embarrassing and it can be painful to remove, so here are some tips on how to deal with the problem of excess facial hair.
Electrolysis is a modern method of effectively removing individual hairs from the body or face. Electrolysis devices work by destroying the growth center of the hair with heat or chemical energy. Then, a tiny probe is inserted into the follicle of the hair, and the hair is gently removed with tweezers. Although it can be expensive and it can take more than one treatment to be effective, electrolysis does provide a long term solution to the problem of excess facial hair. The process is slightly uncomfortable, but not overly painful, and it removes the hairs, right down to the roots.
2. Chemical depilatory treatments
A pain free way to remove the hairs from your face is a treatment known as chemical depilatory. This involves applying a cream, or lotion to your face that contains ingredients that will dissolve the hairs. These creams need to be used with caution though, because incorrect usage can cause burning of the skin.
Next tip on how to get rid of facial hair is, of course, waxing. Waxing is effective, but not permanent and, because the skin on the face is so sensitive, it can be quite painful and irritate sensitive skin. As the hairs are literally yanked out by the routes, regular waxing of the face can also cause redness and bring on the signs of ageing earlier.
Another temporary and painful solution on how to get rid of facial hair is threading. Threading is one of the most popular hair removal methods, but like waxing, it can cause redness of the face and irritation. It’s also not advisable to try waxing or threading, if you already have acne on your skin or other skin irritations.
5. Laser treatment
You can also use modern technology to remove facial hair, with laser hair removal. In this case, an intense light beam burns the hair right down to the follicles and it can give you a permanent solution to the problem. Laser treatment works great, but it can be very expensive.
How to get rid of facial hair? Try bleaching. Bleaching doesn’t remove the hair, it lightens its colour, so that it blends in with the skin and becomes less visible. You can use natural ingredients to bleach facial hair, like lemon juice, or you can buy bleaching creams and lotions. Bleach, however, should be used with caution, because it can cause irritation to the skin too.
7. Drink spearmint tea
One way that you can reduce the levels of the male hormone, androgen, in the blood stream is to drink a couple of cups of spearmint tea a day. This is an effective, albeit slow, treatment that, in time, will reduce facial hair growth.
8. Add more phytoestrogens to your diet
Phytoestrogens are a plant compound that mimics the effect of oestrogen in the body and can counteract the effect that male hormones in the body have. Foods that contain a good source of phytoestrogens include flax seeds, liquorish, fennel and alfalfa.
9. Turmeric powder
Another tip on how to get rid of facial hair at home is to use turmeric powder. Turmeric has been used for centuries in traditional Indian and Chinese medicine and it can be used to slow the growth of facial hair. Apply a paste made of natural yoghurt and turmeric powder regularly, and it will slow hair growth and, over a long period of time, may even stop it.
10. Sugar wax
You can make your own hair waxing treatment at home. Heat up a mixture of sugar, lemon juice and water until the mixture turns brown, and then leave it to cool down a bit. Apply a thick layer of the mixture to the skin (make sure the temperature is comfortable to touch), leave it to dry and then pull it off, against the direction of the hair growth. This will still sting like a salon wax, but at least you know the ingredients are natural!
What are your tips on how to get rid of facial hair?