Per Wikipedia, facial peach fuzz (Vellus hair) is short, fine, light-colored hair that usually has a blonde-ish, fuzzy appearance. Whether genetics or hormone related, some gals tend to have more than others. The most common places on the face include the sideburns/jaw region and upper lip area. So, while it’s totally normal (read: you don’t come from a long line of hairy cavemen) we gals want to be noticed for our eyes…not our facial fuzz. Well, the good news is you have a plethora of options to choose from.
1. Over-the-counter: There are a slew of hair-removal creams offered (often called depilatories). This is certainly a cheaper option; however, sometimes these creams can be irritating if you have sensitive-prone skin. Results typically last three days, so you’ll need to use it routinely if you want to maintain a smooth mug. Nair Hair Removal Cream offers several different options, including one for sensitive skin.
2. Laser: If you’re looking for a more effective (and semi-permanent) option, laser is a strong contender. It’s certainly a bit pricier than over-the-counter creams, but will last for 6 to 12 months. Laser hair removal is not recommended for darker skin or super blonde hair, so if you fall into those categories you should consult with a specialist to see if you’re a candidate. Typically, it takes around six to nine laser treatments (spaced a month apart) to achieve hair-free status. Then it’s recommended to get a “touch-up” laser treatment once a year to keep the whiskers at bay.
3. Dermaplane: This procedure is one of my favorites. It’s a noninvasive facial that removes the dead skin cells (by “scraping” them away) and increases cellular turnover, leaving you with smooth, soft skin. And it provides an extra bonus in that it removes the fine hair on the face.
4. Threading: This hair removal technique has been around for centuries and has recently become a popular option. Basically, a thread is used on the face to force hairs out at the root. (I’ve seen this procedure in action and those threading specialists are like hair ninjas.). Although it sounds intense, it’s an easy, painless process. And as threading is such a precise procedure, it can be used on eyebrows, sideburns, lip, chin (and even fingers and toes). To maintain hair-free results, it’s recommended to do it every four to eight weeks (depending on your hair type).
Are You Sure It Won’t Grow Back Thicker And Courser?
The idea that your peach fuzz will grow back faster and thicker is a myth. Think about it: if this were true wouldn’t every bald guy you know constantly shave his head to encourage regrowth? Since you don’t make new hair follicles, you won’t have more hair growing back at a thicker rate. If you shave them, you’re simply cutting them at the surface level. And if you’re a plucker: when hairs are removed from the root, they tend to grow back finer over time. So, if you’re contemplating hair removal, let go of your Grizzly Adams fears and decide which option is best for you.