Tweezing, waxing, depilatory creams, laser treatment and electrolysis are some of the options available for facial hair removal. These options are not only temporary solutions but have drawbacks of making the hair coarser, dark and stubborn and the growth gradually increases. Tweezing and waxing are, in fact, mass plucking and damage the skin and often distort the follicles causing ingrown hair that are very difficult to treat.
Laser hair removal is still in its infancy and offers permanent reduction of facial and not permanent removal; it is expensive and needs ongoing maintenance treatments forever. It targets pigment (dark colour) in the hair bulb, which absorbs the laser light that changes into heat destroying the pigmented hair bulb.
If the adjacent skin is also pigmented it also absorbs the heat and is damaged, that is why people with darker skin tones are not good candidates for laser treatment as are people having blonde, gray and white hair. Treatment with laser results in exposing the skin to unknown long term risks.
Home Remedies to Remove Unwanted Facial Hair
One of the most frequently asked questions prior to laser treatment is, “How many times can a single area be exposed to it without causing cellular damage?” Remember, the “R” in laser stands for “radiation.”
Electrolysis is the only form of hair removal that is safe and permanent, whatever the colour of skin or hair may be. It is approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration of the USA) for permanent hair removal. Electrolysis has a long track record available since the late 1800s when it was first used successfully on ingrown eyelashes.
The only way the hair can be permanently removed is by destruction of the papilla, a small projection of tissue at the base of the follicle where hair grows and not the bulb and that is what electrolysis does. Each hair is treated repeatedly by inserting a very small needle into the follicle and passing a small amount of energy through the papilla. It is less painful than plucking; the only thing you feel is a slight stinging sensation of the current.