Post # 1
I feel like I have a ton of facial hair. I find it SO embarrassing! It’s not too noticable just by looking in the mirror or at pictures, but of course I notice it. I was on birth control from 18-23 & never noticed it as much as I do now that I’m off it. I just started BC again & I’m hoping it will help w/ growth or thickness. But in the mean time I really struggle w/ it because I’m constantly plucking or using creams or…you get the idea. I hate waxing because my hair grows so fast so I feel like it’s a huge waste of money. How do you deal w/ facial hair?
Also, I usually shave my “mustache” (Gah, I hate explaining it like that!) area. Over the summer we went to the beach quite a few times, but being Hispanic & really dark I never bother putting sunscreen on because I never used to burn. Notice how I said “NEVER USED TO”? Well after burning 3x (Yes, I was stupid 3x) that area is really dark, darker than the rest of my face. It looks like I have a bad mustache even though there is no hair there. Any recommendations on creams or anything to lighten the skin?
Post # 3
I don’t know of any lightening creams but the Clean & Clear acne medication I use has 10% benzoyl peroxide and it has been effective at lightening dark spots left by healed pimples. I am not sure if I would recommend using it to lighten skin, but I can tell you it has worked on small spots for me.
Have you looked into laser hair removal? It might be a little more expensive than waxing, but if you wax as much as you say you do, it is definitely a cheaper and more permanent alternative. I am doing laser hair removal and so far so good.
Post # 4
I am pretty neurotic about hairs anywhere but my head or eyebrows. My fi teases me about this. So I understand your angst to some extent 🙂 If you can’t see it in photos or the mirror, I bet it’s not nearly as bad as you think!
But anyway, I love the bliss poetic waxing kits (you can get them at sephora)! Much cheaper than going to the salon, and practically painless!
Post # 5
I am happy to tell you, the VERY BEST thing I’ve ever done for myself is electrolysis. It isn’t half as expensive or painful as I anticipated. It was SO SO worth it, I can’t recommend it enough.
However, you should also find out what has caused this to happen. It’s possible you have a hormone imbalance, esp. if being on the pill kept it at bay. I would def. recommend you mention it to your dr. and perhaps have yourself checked out for an imbalance or PCOS. Both very common.
Post # 6
I would go to the doctor and request a special cream. They’ll also want to check out causes like PCOS which menobride mentioned. I have a lot of unwanted hair, but I just wax and pluck as much as possible. I sometimes use a little peroxide but don’t do too much or you could damage the skin.
Post # 7
I wax and tweeze it. 🙁 If you plan to look into lazer or electrolysis, I’d make sure they have worked on Hispanic women. I’m African American and that’s one thing they say to ask about for us with a doctor doing the procedure. It may just be darker skinned women, but I’d ask anyway if I were you.
I was thinking about getting a prescription of Vaiqua (msp?). It’s supposed to stop it over time.
Post # 8
I think it’s called Vaniqa.
Post # 9
You could do threading? It’s pretty affordable, even for your whole face!
Post # 10
I ditto threading. I get my eyebrows done every other week, but I think next time, I’m going to have to have my chin done, too
Post # 11
That’s it beekiss2! I knew I spelled it wrong.lol
Post # 12
I shave the hair on my face. I’m blond and pale, so it isn’t very noticeable, but I have a definite peach fuzz texture when I don’t do anything with it.
Post # 13
Just curious for those who mentioned threading.. about how much is it for, say, eyebrows? And can they do the little “mustache” I have but Fiance swears cannot be seen?
Post # 14
I get my eyebrows threaded every other week, it’s about $4. It can be uncomfortable the first couple of times but then you figure out the process and it’s not so bad. I get really red from waxing but no reaction with threading.
Post # 15
I was lucky, one of my friends works at the dermotologist office and she does laser hair removal. She gave me a really great discount for treatments. It worked great and I’m a few treatments in, but my hair is noticably thinner. I really recommend laser hair removal.
Post # 16
I have very dark, thick hair and in the summer, dark skin (I swear, everyone thinks I’m Indian, Latino, Italian, whatever…anything but a Russian Jew!)
I have the same issue only it is probably more visable than yours. I got laser removal on my sideburns and chin. The sideburns are still pretty smooth after almost 6 years and the chin I’ve start an additional round of treatments. It’s SO worth it. My doctor’s office is a medispa, so once a year or so she offers all laser treatments at 20% off and I bought my series that way and it was like $400 for 5 treatments. Very worth it because she’s also added the sides of my lip in it.
I recommend it. I never used Vaniqua but I did get blood tests and all to make sure it wasn’t a hormone thing. I’m just swarthy!