facial hair removal

Facial hair removal: exploring every part of your face

Facial hair grows because of a variety of reasons, where your age, gender and hormones can all be influencing factors in the growth and visibility of facial hair. There are many ways to remove facial hair depending on what kind of removal you want to achieve, your skin type, sensitivity and hair colour.

This is your definitive ‘How To’ guide for removing any irritating peach fuzz, stubborn strays and immovable moustaches for both women and men. 

facial hair removal women vs men

Facial hair removal for women 

Unwanted, or excessive, facial hair in women is usually caused by hormonal fluctuations and imbalances. Higher levels of ‘male’ hair growth hormones called androgens, including testosterone, are found in women who develop extra facial hair. Some medications and medical conditions, like polycystic ovary syndrome and hirsutism, can also cause excess facial and body hair. Genetics and the changing hormonal states experienced during pregnancy and menopause can also result in noticeably denser hair growth on the face.

The most common treatment areas for facial hair removal are the upper lip, eyebrows, chin and lower face and typically for long lasting results, professional treatment routes like laser hair removal and electrolysis are recommended.

There are many at-home hair removal methods to choose from such as shaving, waxing, tweezing, threading and bleaching. These options may be convenient but require consistent maintenance and are less suitable for treating facial hair on a long-term basis.

For removing any upper lip hair, many women avoid shaving as regrowth is faster, coarser and heavier than before. Waxing and depilatory creams are other temporary options, yet they are less suitable for sensitive skin and dark skin tones. It should be especially avoided if you have any pigmentation concerns. Be sure to use a specially formulated, mild/sensitive cream as irritation can occur.

For removing eyebrow hair, tweezing and threading are semi-permanent options that are often familiar favourites. The downside to this method is that it is painful and thin over-plucked/over-threaded eyebrows are always a risk.

Annoying chin hairs, spikey whiskers or fuzzy jawlines can also be removed by traditional, at-home means. Yet, if you find yourself asking, ‘how to remove hair from your cheeks permanently?’ these home treatments are not for you…

With all at-home methods, permanence is never guaranteed and upkeeping always is. As facial hair cannot be easily hidden away like other parts of the body, finding a long-term solution should be sought out for. Laser hair removal is one solution to look into and one of the glorious things about laser hair removal is that it is versatile. It is powerful enough to permanently remove hair but also gentle enough to use on the delicate areas of the face.

For lighter, finer and vellus hair, electrolysis is an alternative treatment path for you. One of the limitations of laser hair removal is that it is ineffective when treating lightly pigmented hair. Electrolysis is the process of passing an ultra-fine electrical current to the individual hair follicle to discourage future growth.

Laser hair removal follows a similar practice, but rather than using a small electrical current, it emits light beams which are absorbed by the pigments in the hair. This is then converted to heat energy to destroy the follicle. Both options ensure long-term management of facial hair and can be used as a tool to shape or completely remove any undesired hair.

Facial hair removal for men

As men have high levels of androgens, such as testosterone and androstenedione, present in the body, facial and body hair grows in excess. Certain genetic traits, such as a sensitivity to androgens can present themselves in the overproduction of body hair where the face can equally, if not more, be affected by extra hair growth. Thinking you have too much facial hair can deplete confidence and as men grow thicker, coarser hair in more places than women, long-term facial hair removal and management may be an option worth considering.

The classic go-to method for facial hair removal for men is often shaving, as unlike women, men are confident and familiar with shaving their face from a young age. Generally, a once over with a razor or electric trimmer usually does the trick. Yet, if this is not the case or you are fed up with the monotony of shaving routines, laser hair removal may be the right option for you. The most popular facial hair removal areas for men are:

Laser hair removal or electrolysis is suitable to use on all these areas, depending on what kind of removal or reduction you want to achieve. Whilst laser hair removal is mainly used as a way to significantly remove unwanted dark hair using light and heat energy, it can also be used to help style, save time and simplify your facial hair routine.

Electrolysis follows a similar practice to laser hair removal, but instead of heat energy, it passes a fine electrical current through the hair follicle to target any light facial hair that may be undetected by the laser. Electrolysis and laser hair removal for moustaches, cheeks and beards are becoming popular treatment options which can be utilised to subtly sculpt the hair and lines of the face and increase jaw definition. They can also help to remove any high cheek bone hair or lower neck hair – the bonus is, you don’t have to suffer with razor rash again!

With all our hair removal treatments, no treatment plan is the same, so depending on your hair removal goals, a personalised course will be created to meet your expectations and outcomes.

Key takeaways

  • Facial hair is normal and can be removed like all hair on the body
  • There are many ‘at-home’ methods to remove facial hair but none provide permanent results 
  • Laser hair removal or electrolysis are two effective hair removal treatments that are long lasting and cost-effective
  • Men and women both have facial hair but visibility and afflicted areas differ depending on hormones
  • Laser hair removal or electrolysis is a very diverse treatment and can treat various parts of the face (except the nostrils, eye area or inside the ears!)
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