Monday, 9 February 2015

Facial Hair.

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I am descended from darker skinned people - we think Greek and we know Native American. I've had a moustache for as long as I can remember. When I was 13 one of the boys in our street pointed it out (thanks Lyndsay Adkins ) and I promptly went home and shaved it off. As you do. Mum had the same thing, as did my Nana. Mum and I have an agreement. When I see that she has let her facial hair grow and is nurturing a beard, we're having her put down, because clearly, in her own words 'I'll obviously be off my head.'
My Dad is hairy, my brother is hairy - I'm basically screwed whichever way you look at the genetics.
We're hairy. What can I tell ya? I'll tell you one thing. I'm not going to be embarrassed about it. I personally don't want to resemble the lovely chap above so I take care of it, but I'm not embarrassed at all about having facial hair. FFS what ELSE are we supposed to be 'embarrassed' about.

After another report in another paper today about facial hair - I mean GOD FORBID we aren't completely bald - but whatevs: I thought a quick 'Best way to rid yourself of it depending on the area' may help.

Eyebrow - thread or pluck. Waxing stretches the skin - take it from me, at some point your upper lid falls down. Don't encourage it.

Mustache - thread, wax, bleach (not if you're dark skinned), depilatory creams (burn 'em off) or shave (my preference, and no it doesn't grow back much thicker and denser - mine's 90% gone on a permanent basis)

Nasal - scissors (inside), pluck (outside)

Chin - pluck or thread. Waxing isn't quite strong enough for these hairs. They're like tree trunks. Especially the other side of 40. Sorry girls.

Excessive hair on face due to conditions such as PCOS - threading is easiest to manage, you don't want to be bleaching that amount of skin. And waxing can lead to ingrown hairs and irritation. Laser is a good long-term option but takes patience, and bear in mind it doesn't work as well on really dark skin.

Of course there are other options. Electrolysis - too painful and time-consuming for me (and WHO can be bothered?), laser in salons - pricey, IPL - triggers killer headaches for me and again pricey and home laser kits. All yours for the taking.
I'm too much of a wimp for electrolysis. And the home laser kits are just as good as the salon ones for taches/chins etc in my opinion. I'm playing with one at the minute and will report back in due course.

I am still plucking, shaving and lasering - depending on the area. My Grandad's mantra was 'testicles, spectacles, wallet and watch'. Mine is 'tweezers, razor, toothbrush, toothpaste'.

In the meantime, my name is Caroline. I have a razor and I'm not afraid to use it.

115 comments:

  1. i am so scared to shave upper lip. but if you are 500% sure it doesn't grow thicker/darker then i need to consider this option x

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    1. It does at first, and you need to do it daily, but it eventually softens and the older you get the finer it gets...you watch - mine'll go like a BEARD when I'm 75.

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    2. I agree. I shave my lip and it's really lite now. I also lasered my chin and that was the best money I've ever spent!

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  2. Hallelujah! Now when people think i'm crazy for shaving my 'tache hair, I can say I have your approval. BOOM!

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  3. I get my eyebrows waxed and now I'm terrified, plucking it is! Don't want eyelids to get any droopier if I can help it!

    www.livinglifeindocs.com

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  4. I used to shave my (Greek origin) upper lip and I'm pretty sure the hair kept growing back thicker and thicker and darker. I now use a home lasering kit - it's absolutely life changing, no more hair growth!

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    1. Lasers are definitely the way forward if you can afford/have the patience :)

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    2. may I ask, what kind of home laser works for you prodark? I have been trying to see about investing the money into one.... only issue is I did the laser sessions at my derm office about 4 years back - I did about 10 sessions and got no good result, derm said after the fact, of course, that my hair type ( brown- reddish) was not a good candidate... From doing my own research I have concluded that electrolysis may be my only opt, with it being so painful I have yet to embark on this journey so if I can avoid and go with a home laser this would be ideal.. any helpful hints ladies?!

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  5. This post just got up 3 hours too late! -_-
    I was looking at my face in a weird light this morning and suddenly my upper lip and lower chin hair looked all dark - Aaaaand, I panicked!!
    I sneak-peaked in my mothers bathroom-drawer, and thought i was so lucky when i found some Veet facial wax strips! Boy was I wrong!!!! I was sooooo red around my mouth for two hours, and though the redness has cooled down my skin is tight, dry and still hurts - I can imagine it might be the same feeling as a crazy chemical peel (Miranda, Sex and the City-like)....

    So far the only thing that have helped was the La Roche Posay Zero Zink spray and the Beaute Pacifique serum Paradoxe! (Tried some other stuff that normally is OK, but they just made it burn even more)...
    I suppose I'll be (// look) all right at some point, but till then - Do you have some ideas/advice to help rescue my lower face from this burning hell?

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    1. Not really. Silicone heavy potions like Estee Lauder's Advanced Night repair might help - or Clarins Skin Beauty Repair Concentrate...

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    2. Did the same many many years ago! Luckily I had an appointment with my dermatologist the next day anyway as I was on Roaccutane at the time. I'd ripped off multiple layers of skin to the point it was constantly weeping! Never did use strips EVER again!

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  6. I was diagnosed with PCOS in America from an Endocrinologist and lasered my facial hair over 11 sessions(I am fair with dark hair). I am 99% hair free now! I feel better physically and emotionally and it was worth the money. In America I was prescribed Metformin for PCOS, but once in England(where I now live) more than 4 doctors have said to come off it. I have done so reluctantly and continue to take Yaz, which helps with my hormone levels and hirsutism. I think people who have a little facial hair should follow Caroline's steps. Having a full on beard is cause for concern. I would have to pluck dozens of coarse hairs from my face and my skin felt so raw. Shaving was not enough(hello 5 o'çlock shadow!). Take it from me, there is hope. See your doctor if you need advice xx

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    1. No absolutely - if it's extreme laser is worth the time and effort for the peace of mind down the road. xxx

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  7. Threading is the answer to all my facial hair problems. I have three random hairs (two on my chin and one SUPER LONG ONE on my neck) that I pluck and that's pretty much the only time I touch a tweezer. I'm so happy you wrote this post. If you're ever considering writing one about body hair and maintenance, I'd be really happy to read that too! xx

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    1. What is it with the super long ones?? You see one and think 'EEWWWWWW' how LONG has that been growing??

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  8. Bloody love this post! When I turned 30 my chin decided to get to work growing some lovely thick black hair (joy of joys). I don't go anywhere without my trusty tweezers. And a big yes to NOT waxing eyebrows. I had mine waxed for years and now have rather droopy upper lids. Only threading/plucking for me now. Lx

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    1. Absolutely! Here's to hairy women! ;)

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  9. SPOT ON! And yes ladies, do NOT wax your brows.

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  10. For my facial hair, IPL worked like a charm, I guess it was one best decision and investment I made for myself. Caroline, whats your take on Brazilians? Is it harmful to the skin down there? Apologies if this is TMI question.

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    1. My friend advised me to not have Brazilians "as it will make your fanny as tough as old boot leather". Urban myth or based on fact I don't know, but it made me snort tea out of my nose with laughter...

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    2. Well all I can say is that they are the best thing for comfort - although I personally don't go all the way - IFYOUKNOWWHATIMEANLADIES

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    3. Yes! That's exactly my experience. "Old booth leather" is the best description. I would never ever do THAT again.

      Kind Regards,
      Greta

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  11. I'm fair skinned and don't have a dark hair anywhere on my body, but when I was in elementary school, the kids used to tease me for my completely blonde mustache. In reality it was probably like 4 hairs, but kids... Anyway, to this day, if I don't keep it waxed, as soon as the sun hits my face I look like a glittery ol' west villain about to tie some damsel to the train tracks. The little warm-in-the-hands wax strips are my saving grace. I can get it in three or four pulls and then I'm good for 60 days or so. IMO, I think nearly all women deal with this; most are just too embarrassed to admit it. ;)

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  12. Caroline, what sort of razor do you use?

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    1. Mens 2 blade for my face and 3 blade for legs. :) You can shove your twice as expensive 'pink' ladies crap. :)

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  13. Caroline! Thank you for these words. I have light skin, and even if I'm not hairy at all (on my legs, I have like 20 hairs that can be seen), I do have tiny hairs over the upper lip, that cast a slight shadow. Especially when I wear foundation. I wax, because I'm afraid to use a razor. Should I just go for it and shave then???

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    1. It depends - if they're very light, you may well find they do come back slightly darker. I'd try one side and see for a week how the regrowth is!

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    2. Thank you for your answer :) I will try that.

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  14. I used to pluck my chin and beard area, but suffered horrible, scarring ingrowns and it took at least an hour every morning. I started shaving eight years ago and have never looked back. I combine this with laser treatment, and it truly works for me. I invested in a Tria 4X at-home laser in December and in just two months have noticed a MASSIVE reduction - at least 90%. Thanks for the real talk, Caroline.

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    1. Ah that's good to know! I'm excited about the laser action :)

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  15. You're always very entertaining to read =) For my mustache I use an epilator and god does it hurt! I have a very low pain threshold so I'm going to look into laser treatments.

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  16. Caroline! This post is exactly what I needed, I've had hair on my upper lip since I was a teenager. Always thought I was the only shaver and I've been so ashamed! This post made me rethink:) love your blog and Instagram, you are my skin role model!

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    1. Get your razors out love. Loud and proud! :)

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    2. Ear/Nasal trimmers are fab for this....just don't tell my hubby! ;)

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    3. I agree, I feel liberated somehow...

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  17. Thanks for this post! It has made me rethink my entire upper lip situation know I'm not the only shaver:)

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    1. No there's plenty of us don't worry! :)

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  18. Caroline, I don't ever wax under my brows, I always tweeze but I do wax the outside half above my brows as I'm pretty hairy there, and also a quick tidy in between my brows. Does the 'do not do this' apply to those areas too or just the underneath of the brow on the browbone area? Thank you and thank you for the brilliant picture that had me and my kids in bits!! Likewise your granddad's mantra!!

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    1. I'd say you're probably ok but go easier as you get older - they do droop!

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    2. Ok lovely thanks Caroline, maybe I'd best stick to the tweezers then as I'm 46 now & droop is not a thing I wanna see!!

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  19. I'm too lazy for short term remedies (e.g. bleach, which you have to repeat after 3/4 weeks; wax makes me break out) so I opted for laser (Candela gentelase, not the IPL). It worked WONDERS for underarm and bikini area, but after 12 sessions for the upper lip (in two, quite distanced groups of 6 sessions, to be fair) I have reduced the lovely 'tache but it isn't gone yet. The beautician did warn me that it would take a loooong time because facial hair is exposed to the sun and apparently that makes it grow back faster. Hair is so faint at this stage that I don't care. PS - I'm light skinned with dark hair, the best for laser, not sure how it would work on blondes!

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  20. I have been using the Tria, an at home laser device. I love it! Totally has got my Fu Man Chu mustache in check. I used to pluck the hairs on a daily basis. The laser can sting like a mofo but now I am down to about a dozen hairs, all of which are much finer than they were when I started treatment. I have also used it on my chin hair (why do we never notice these until they are two inches long?) on my pits and on my legs. I truly wish I had purchased my Tria years ago. I would have even used it on my binkini line but my swimsuit days sailed long ago...
    Great post Caroline! As always.

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    1. How often do you use the tria. I bought it but am useless for using it at regular intervals so have not seen much improvement.

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  21. Great post but I sill have the fear. I am fair skinned with super dark hair, I have always been hairy I was called first called gorilla legs when I was 8 I have been self concious about my legs ever since. Now in my thirties and facial hair is becoming a problem. I bleach my moustache as taught by my mum when 11, I am truly to scared to shave it as any experience with shaving/plucking/waxing has always made my hair thick dark and coarse. To be honest i get quite fed up with the pressure to be hairless, it puts me off going swimming and doing sports if it continues to get worse i foresee me getting quite depressed about it. Its something I feel i can't talk to anyone about, just continue shaving and bleaching, a never ending cycle of hairy embarrassment.

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  22. Funniest post yet! Love Grandads mantra my Grandad and Dad had the same one God rest their souls. I'm a lucky sod blonde (ok greying) hair and blue eyes (Grandad again both parents are dark) so no dark moustache althoughmy hubby does rib me for my hairy blonde chin lol love the advice x

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  23. Caroline you are a legend! Carry on the good work :)

    From a fellow hairy gal x

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  24. 13 year old daughter shaves between her eyebrows - she doesn't want a monobrow but is scared to pluck (very low pain threshold - I couldn't take her for threading; she'd be out of the chair before they could wind the thread round their fingers). Does anyone have any better ideas please?

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    1. Maybe try some facial hair removal cream? Ive used the Veet one before and its worked brilliantly with no redness or other adverse effects! Hope this helps!

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    2. Hadn't thought of that - good idea, thanks! (She'll probably moan of the smell though!)

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    3. Nads Facial Wand Eyebrow Shaper is great for tidying up little bits around the brows. I wouldn't use it for shaping, but for that little bit between the brows (or tidying fluffy bits between treatments) it's great & so easy to use. It's like a small pen with warm wax but very easy to use and for one small patch shouldn't be too painful for your daughter (I take a painkiller before waxing/threading as my threshold is pathetic). x

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    4. someone once mentioned using bonjela as a bit of pain relief. Probably dead dangerous near the eyes and pretty pathetic pain relief!

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    5. Another option would be for her to apply a little bit of Baby Orajel to the spot between her brows and let it kick in before she plucks. It basically works like a light topical anaesthetic, numbs the area a bit (as it's meant for tooth aches!). Then just wash it off afterwards.

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  25. Love this! I'm like a gremlin, and not afraid to use the razor either.

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  26. I have shaved my face, peach fuzz for a few years now. No side burns yet.

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  27. Hi Caroline,

    I have mild to moderate acne and and a face full of hair (beautiful). If I was to do IPL on my face would that trigger more acne/have a worse impact on my acne?

    Thank you love you! xxx

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  28. I've gotten the hairy genes from my families too! It's annoying having to worry about so much hair all the time. I don't use bleach, hair-removal creams or any such things. I either wax/thread/pluck. Threading is painful for me. But waxing is a breeze. I wax my whole body myself (since I was 13 so it's not a biggie at all). Fortunately my mum and I both know how to thread so she does my eyebrows and I do hers.

    The only hair removal I am not proud of is my little electric razor/trimmer that i use for my cheeks and chin. But I am learning to wax that too! *fingers crossed*

    I am 21 and due to waxing my hair growth has reduced drastically on my arms and legs. Hopefully by the time I am in my 40s, I won't need to do anything.

    Loved reading your post. I am a new reader of your blog and love your style.

    Anceeta.com

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  29. I tweeze all facial hair. My upper lip and eyebrows are pretty much dead of any sensation at this point. haha. I want nothing to do with waxing, especially the eyebrows! Way too harsh for the eye area. Great post Caroline!!!

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  30. Sad that non-brow facial hair generally remains one of the still-forbidden subjects in women's magazines. I'd much rather get smart advice about handling that than getting Gwynnie's expertise on vagina steams. I've had lip and especially chin hair for decades, through PCOS and menopause. Here in the US, threading is just catching on mainstream beyond a handful of shops in more ethnic neighborhoods. Most high-end brow places, however, only want to wax with some tweezer touch-up. I go to a salon to thread everything every few weeks and inbetween, I self-manage lip/chin with the No-Tweez hard wax over a coffee cup warmer and muslin strips, which does work although you have to be extremely precise about temperature and only one pass, no matter how tempting.

    I did try electrolysis twice here in LA. Hated having to let things grow, hated the process even more, hated everything growing back without seeing any change. But loved the oversharing aesthetician who, while working on me, spilled secrets nonstop about the hairy problems of her A-level celebrity clientele. Totally inappropriate but hilarious.

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  31. It's so, so refreshing to read about facial hair in a beaty blog. Thank you so much!
    (It used to be a huge problem for me before getting a Epicare.)

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  32. Thank you so much for this post. Maybe you can help me... I'm on the side of desperation! It all began a few years ago when I started to plock few black hair on my chin. Now i'm struggling constantly with black hair all over my chin and it's strong as trees! I cover it with concealer but it grows back so fast!! What should I do?? I haven't spoken about it to anyone Because it makes me feel so unconfident... I just hope that noone notices! And all this is hell because I m only 25!! Thank you so much Caroline for your beeing such an inspiration :)

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    1. My mum had it lasered- I'm not sure of all the details but she had around 6 sessions (I think) and she's been very happy with the results. I personally use hot wax to get rid of those 'tree trunk hairs' (I'm in my 20s too) but they do grow back within a week or two so it's not the best solution.

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    2. I thought I would wax them but they are too short I think... I don't know, laser is just so expensive! But it might be the best solution....

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    3. Hi there I've recently started getting my upper lip, chin side of face and eyebrows threaded. Bit painful but if you're used to plucking you might not find it to bad. I think it's great, my hair doesn't seem to grow back as fast but I guess everyone's hair growth rate is different, but it may be worth a few try's.

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    4. Why don't you try electrolysis that's what I have done I think I'm around 7 or 9 months in and it just kept getting less and less now it's hardly anything might have a couple more treatment was thinking of going next month to get the last few well worth it wish would of known this in 20 now in mid 30 they put a numbing cream so it doesn't hurt and if .It's nice to wake up without hair where u don't want it .there is a hair cycle that you need to know about as to y it takes a while or why if u pluck it grows back so quick .Electrolysis kills the hair at the root one hair at a time .Do it y your young .Just a sugestion

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  33. Hey Caroline, I do thread my upper lid but then I got those little spots after! Do you have any advice what can I do after threading!? Thanks xx

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  34. Hello caroline, i used to pluck or thread my chin but it left me with dark spots because of the ingrown hair. I am waxing it Now. Can you recommend some products for those dark spots? Thank you. Xxxx

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  35. I love your grandma's mantra Caroline! XX

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  36. The issue with me is that I have a fine layer of peach fuzz over my entire face, which is predominantly blonde (I'm white). So I just leave it and tweeze the darker hairs occasionally. It'd look weirder to just have a hairless upper lip and I am so not willing to make the effort to shave MY ACTUAL LITERAL ENTIRE FACE. It's only noticeable if the darker hairs have grown in, really.

    That being said. Fantastic little article for the hairier ladies among us, it's nice to feel seen and heard by someone in the beauty industry and it's nice that you also don't have a problem with your hair, you just take care of it cause you want to. You're a lovely lady Caroline, thank you for encouraging others to worry less about the small stuff whilst providing solutions to those who want them.

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  37. Hi Caroline

    I have pale skin and blonde hair and have recently noticed that I have pale blonde hairs on my upper lip that can be seen only up close or when the light shines on it. Is it worthwhile to get rid of or do I embrace it and be grateful that its only pale hairs? also I started a new skincare regime over the weekend (Clarins energizer range) and I have broken out in large pimples - do I need to stop using this or give it time to work? Thanks for such a great blog!
    Hayley

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  38. Wow, you can shave moustache off? and it doesn't grow thicker like men? I'm amazed.... REALLY????!!

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    1. 100%. I have waxed and shaved mine.

      I promise there's no difference at all.

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  39. Gee I just laid down my life story and the comment disappeared - lucky you! Well to put it short - "Yes!!!! I'm not alone!" At 47 I consider christianing every frxxxxing hair sprouting on my chin (dark, thick, stubborn), while strategically distributing tweezers all over the house plus bag plus office. Aquiring stocks in Tweezerman/Zwilling and Gilette/Braun/Wilkinson has become a serious business / retirement plan option ... Ever so after learning that it's US not ME. Thanks for sharing and making me laugh

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  40. So glad you posted on this Caroline. I was intrigued since reading in another post that you shave your upper lip. I had resorted to it after finding that I am allergic to wax - left me looking like a leper, no thanks - and that depilatory cream now exacerbates my eczema - scaly toad face, also not a good look. Alas now shaving is also seeming to contribute to said scaly toad face so I am about to try threading tomorrow for the very first time.

    I also suffer from the random foot long hair that grows at the speed of light in the most embarrassing places - anywhere where a colleague can see it catching the light and lean in to brush it away only to realise, to their embarrassment, that it is in fact attached. Awkward.

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  41. Wonderful hilarious post! Personally I don't have this problem, but the "stigma" and taboo of facial or any other body feminine hair really annoys me. We should be free to pluck or not as we see fit without any emotions being attached to it. I seriously think that society/ men see this hair as something threatening. Luckily my own husband could not care less!

    I would be very, very interested to read your view on home laser appliances, as I've been considering getting one for my legs. Over here the Philips one is quite popular...

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  42. Have you tried any of those at home hair removal lasers? I'm considering one!

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  43. I used to use depilatory creams for years but have threaded my upper lip and chin for quite a few now. My problem is that I have red marks (pigmentation?) at the outer edges of my upper lip, that I think are from when I used depilatory creams and it burnt my skin/or from repeated use? I don't know but it REALLY bugs me..I hate the red marks, it's all I can see when I don't have make up on and I would love to get rid of the red patches - is there anything I can use to get rid of/fade these marks or is it 'under' the skin? I also get spots from threading but alas, what's a girl to do! (other than shave ;)

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  44. ah i'm totally in this lovely category. every time i get waxed or threaded, i always get some sort of white head pop up or even a monster pimple. I have tried using tend-skin afterwards and that has not helped much. Any recommendations?? thanks caroline <3

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  45. So wonderful to read a real-life and honest post about hair and women!!! So respectful Caroline, thank you!!!!!!!!!

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  46. Arghhh I'm so confused, I've stopped plucking my chin as the hairs were getting so dark and noticeable (I'm asian!-hairy genes are inevitable!) a little googling and I read that this is due to over plucking damaging the hair follicles, which can stimulate the production of androgens (precursor to testosterone). Just unsure as to the long term damage of over plucking? Could my heavier hair growth as a result of plucking my chin be a potential pcos issue?

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  47. I suffer from PCOS and although it's not out of control, facial hair is still too noticeable for me to ignore it. I've been considering laser, but am a bit clueless about it. Which kind of laser treatment would be appropriate, how much would it cost? Thank you so much Caroline, love your sense of humour.

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  48. Just wanted to THANKYOU for this post.

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  49. Had chin hairs.
    Went to hair stylists and was really Embarrassed to ask if others had it too.

    Nope.

    I have had 6 $1,000. 00 sessions and each session was 10 treatments. $6,000.00 and very little improvements.

    Have razor and tweezers and I own it.

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  50. I also get breakouts from threading...listening in to hear what you say to the gals with this problem! Thanks, Caroline! You're the best!!!!

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  51. Does anyone have any makeup tips for hairy faces? Whatever foundation I try just seems to cake on every individual hair. I have peach fuzz all over my face... some of which is weirdly long on my cheeks. Any form of hair removal sets off my acne and lazer was a no go as the hairs are blonde and don't have dark roots.
    Thanks ;)

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  52. I invested in the Silk'nglide HPL from qvcuk last year. It has a 90 day trial return. It is the best investment I have ever made.
    ( I wear skiing sunglasses to avoid migraines, and so far no problems). I got rid of pretty much all my facial hair with it. My moustache, my goaty ( yes a goaty), my side burns and all my "peach fuzz". ( Fyi apparently it can work on darker skin tones which laser cannot.)
    It has saved my sanity at less than £200.

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  53. Hahaha Hi Caroline, Love this!! I too am super hairyyy, I have done IPL on my face and have to say after two years worth of treatments it has done the trick. I do have some regrowth but I do go back for tops ups.Before IPL you do have to shave and I once cut my upper lip. It was very embarrassing, I had to tell everyone I had a dumb accident in the bathroom!! xxx

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  54. Good god, the very thought of shaving my face gives me the horrors! My youngest daughter 18, shaves off her tash and I have been giving her grief about it ......... How she will love this post as she, like us all, believes your word is law !

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  55. I've been having laser (at a salon) and honestly couldn't recommend it highly enough. It's worked amazingly well for me, definitely worth saving up for!

    www.peonyandpeach.blogspot.com

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  56. http://www.theguardian.com/fashion/shortcuts/2015/feb/09/terrible-idea-women-shave-faces

    Now I'm confused...

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  57. I use a little Tinkle eyebrow razor on my entire face :) Google it ! Your hair does not grown back any different x

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  58. Forgot to say on my earlier post !! THANK YOU Caroline xx

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  59. Thanks for the humorous and very accurate post Caroline. My mantra is the same, except it includes a one touch electronic shaver for my stache. Though I guess when push comes to shove, I should really consider carrying a razor. It's more multi functional and nobody will hassle you about it for obvious reasons.
    However I'm disappointed to hear that chin hairs just grow thicker with age, because mine are already like tree trunks. It's like an army of Ents on my face. But hey, what can you do, both sides of my family are Polish and fuzzy, might as well just roll with it.

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  60. I get electrolysis once a month on chin area. Find it great. Costs me €12 a go.It is the only proven permanent method of hair removal. You need to go to a good esthetician though. Waxing will only increase the hairs on the face long term and plucking is the worst thing you could ever start.

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  61. CAROLINE, YOU ARE A HOOT AND A HALF!! You crack me up, lady. Regarding facial hair- I asking my doctor if I could have my chin hair transplanted to my thinning scalp. She laughed (she's youngish, won't find it funny someday!). Seriously, I hoped God was really a woman, but with all women's challenges, don't think so. But think women should automatically be put in the express "checkout" straight to heaven when we croak. As I am dismaying, tweezing, shaving, "epiladying", I am considering learning to crochet. Figure when the chin hairs are long enough, I can bleach flesh-colored and crochet them around a wide length of elastic that could be adjustable and attach (strong Velcro dot?) behind my ears(or to wide-brimmed hat) so I will have a sturdy chin strap to hold up my falling-face -jowls/neck. Picturing baby hat with elastic chin band to keep on in wind. . . Perhaps I am overthinking this and need to get out, perhaps to Sephora. . .

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  62. Hi Caroline

    I just wanted to ask what is the best method for side of the face hair/side burn area hair. I am prone to hyper pigmentation in that area and don't know which is the best method for my kind of skin. Also was advised by derma to use vi Derm hq free which contains Kojic acid for my pigmentation. What do you reckon? Also told me to use factor 50 spf everyday! I am olive skinned Middle Eastern origin and have never had issues with pigmentation until last few years since having my baby!

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  63. I shave my upper lip but I use a smaller razor, it is the brand "Tinkle". Odd name I know. I bought mine from an Asian $2 shop here in NZ. It is called an Eyebrow razor. Come in packs of three. Cheap as chips and does the trick. You're welcome.

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  64. I tell ya, if you've had a crap day this is the post to read! I've been trying to quietly laugh to myself in a house where everyone is asleep. My mother tells me that "ageing sucks", because you grow a beard, and a moustache, you can't stand tags in your clothes because apparently we are growing humps on our backs, we start to shrink and walk with a hunch. I think the end is nigh when our knuckles start to drag on the ground. So I guess at that point being hairy is not really important because they won't see our faces!

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  65. I have had problems with facial hair my entire life, and I've been plucking my tache since I was a teenager and it works fine for me, althoug I do have to pluck them every day.
    However, 3 years ago I decided I had had enough, as I had started growing a lot of dark, thick hairs in my chin. I decided to get the hairs on my chin removed with laser, and paid for at least 13 sessions during 2 years. I wish I could say that worked, but not only were the hairs not removed (they were weakened, but not removed completely) but I grew long, dark, thick hairs in places where I had none before. Now I have a neck full of hairs that I have to tweeze almost daily, and the hairs in my chin are back with a vengeance. I have PCOS, but apparently my hormones are fine. Not even the pill helped.

    I'm glad laser works for some people, but it definitely doesn't work for everyone.

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  66. Caroline, I love you. That is all!

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  67. Any advice on prevention and treatment of ingrown hairs? Aestheticians' advice is to exfoliate well before and (carefully!) after, so the skin doesn't grow over the follicle, but I do already exfoliate my face, which certainly couldn't tolerate the kind of scrubbing that I can give my legs! My proliferating chin hairs actually grow in curly, damn them.

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  68. Laser on woman's face can actually induce hair growth, it has been well documented. What happened to you is quite common unfortunately. For anyone considering laser take a look at hairtell.com beforehand.

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  69. Thank you. That's all.
    A PCOS sufferer and long time reader of your blog.
    Paula

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  70. Hair, topic so close to my hearth & my face…

    I have PCOS and hirsutism (not sure if that correct in English, sorry)

    10 years ago I try laser on my face, many sessions after, I was left with a soft black beard (im exaggerating, but just very little). Plucked it for 8 years (5 to 15 minutes daily, you know one by one…). After what happened with the laser, I didn’t want to risk it! Finally, after extended research, talking with doctors, estheticians etc.. I decided to give it a go with electrolysis. Painful?? God yes!! but also the best thing I have ever done!!!!! . It has been 1`5 years, now I just have some very fine longish hairs, mostly on my neck. Will keep going till every single one is killed!!

    It has been expensive and painful trip, both physically and emotionally. But now I feel comfortable and confident J



    I understand I’m an extreme case, but as you can read above not the only one. So if you have facial hair, do whatever you need to remove it, but please be careful!

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    1. I too suffer from PCOS.

      Caroline. Please can you help me. I'm going out of my mind. I'm fair skinned with daaaark hair. Everywhere. I'm currently bleaching my face, but have heard that it makes it grow back thicker! And I think it is. Have you heard this before? I'm totally obsessed by my facial hair. I can deal with my hidden hairiness. But my face?! Ugh. I think about it no less than 10 minutes of every hour, each and every day. It's doing my head in. So, bleach is bad? Do you have an opinion on EpiCare? Your thoughts would be MOST appreciated. At this rate, I shan't be venturing out this summer. So down :( I know there's more to life than hair, but as Aussie put it - it's a good place to start.

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  71. Just want to say thank you for writing this post! Im so hairy i could pass of as a descendent of wolverine and it really has shattered my confidence! It's nice to know i'm not the only one going through this type of thing!

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  72. Hi Caroline do you use some kind of lubricant when you shave your face? Or just on dry skin? I shaved off the fine hairs on my face and moustache area about a week ago and 2 days later had loads of whiteheads in that area - are you meant to disinfect the area after shaving to prevent infection? Thanks for your advice and for your great blog!

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  73. Caroline. Please can you help me. I'm going out of my mind. I'm fair skinned with daaaark hair. Everywhere. I'm currently bleaching my face, but have heard that it makes it grow back thicker! And I think it is. Have you heard this before? I'm totally obsessed by my facial hair. I can deal with my hidden hairiness. But my face?! Ugh. I think about it no less than 10 minutes of every hour, each and every day. It's doing my head in. So, bleach is bad? Do you have an opinion on EpiCare? Your thoughts would be MOST appreciated. At this rate, I shan't be venturing out this summer. So down :( I know there's more to life than hair, but as Aussie put it - it's a good place to start.

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  74. I have read in some magazines and websites that shaving leads to ingrown hairs..is it true based on your experience?

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  75. I am very happy to groom my large amounts of peach fuzz and hair and fuzziness. Preach it Caroline! No embarassement, a sense of humor and a great razor are the way to go.

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