Ok, so it’s something women don’t like to talk about. Some of them won’t even admit to their closest friends. Which, considering that one in ten women suffer from it, it’s still a taboo subject. Yes ladies, we’re talking about excess hair. And in particular, excess hair on the face.
Beards are lovely. Many women do love a good beard. On a man, who looks like the Beard Czar. Not on their own face. If you’re a woman who suffers from a fuzzy face, then you’re bound to feel self-conscious about it. But you’re not alone. You’d be surprised just how many of your girlfriends are likely to suffer the same problem, in silence, just like you.
From the odd frisky follicle to a full on five o’clock shadow, women are keeping it to themselves. But there’s no need to feel embarrassed. It’s just another one of the downsides to being a woman. Like periods. Gee, thanks a bunch, Mother Nature!
So, what causes excess hair on the face?
Blame your parents. No, seriously. There’s a good chance it’s genetic. It can also be caused by abnormally high levels of the male hormone testosterone. (Don’t worry. You’re not going to turn into the Incredible Hulk. Unless you’ve got PMT too.) In many cases, this is caused by Polycystic Ovary syndrome.
If you’ve got excess hair elsewhere too, you might have Hirsutism. This is characterised by too much hair all over the body, alopecia, acne, and often, an enlarged clitoris. Whatever the cause is, it’s best to go and get it checked out by your doctor. It could point to underlying health problems. Even if that’s not the case, they can help you deal with your fuzzy face.
How Can I Get Rid of Excess Hair on my Face?
If the hair is very fine but dark, you can use hair lightening creams made especially for the face. Anything lightening products intended for use on any other part of the body will be too strong and can damage your skin. Tweezing, waxing and threading can work well too. But if you don’t want to have to worry all the time about whether you’ve got a ‘tache or not, you may wish to look at more long lasting methods.
Electrolysis has been popular for years, but laser hair removal is fast become the most popular method of removing unwanted hair. It’s quick, easy and relatively pain-free. The benefit over electrolysis is that small areas can be treated at on time, rather than having to destroy every hair individually.
Whatever you do, DO NOT SHAVE HAIR ON YOUR FACE. Put the razor down. It might seem like a quick fix, but you’re going to regret it. Cutting the hair at an angle makes the hair look thicker as it grows back. They may start growing back darker too, so all the fine hairs round those couple of pesky ones will look coarser and darker too. Before you know it, you’ve got (not-so) designer stubble. No matter how tempting it may seem, just don’t do it.