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what to do for facial hair

By Anonymous July 18, 2009 - 12:47pm
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i am 32 and i have hair on chin and under chin i pluck and stuff but sometimes it looks like i have a 5 oclock shadow i want to know if i can get rid if it for good with no surgery

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Hi Anon

Thanks for your question and welcome to Empowher!

You can try several methods for permanent removal. From our Encyclopedia:

Laser Hair Removal:

a laser beam is directed at the area of unwanted hair. Areas treated include the face, arms, legs, back, and bikini area. You are awake during the procedure and must wear special glasses to shield your eyes from the laser beam. The procedure is virtually painless, although you may feel a very slight stinging or tingling sensation in the area being treated. Hair generally grows back in a few months, but becomes finer with multiple treatments, eventually resulting in permanent hair removal.
◦Side effects—temporary redness, blistering
◦Potential risks—skin discoloration, scarring
◦Recovery time—immediate

There is a new medication on the market that removes facial hair and is by prescription only:

For cases associated with excessive androgen production, anti-androgenic medications and oral contraceptives can be effective. Eflornithine 13.9% (Vaniqa) cream, the first topical treatment approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of unwanted facial hair, can effectively treat hirsutism regardless of the cause. It is designed for use on the face and chin only. It can produce a rash at the application site, but does not appear to have the systemic effects sometimes associated with oral medications. Hair growth will resume if a woman stops using these medications.

Electrolysis is another option:
Electrolysis destroys each hair follicle with a small electrical discharge. Because it is time-consuming and sometimes painful, it can only be used to treat a small area at a time. Risks include scarring of the skin, local electric shock, and infection if the technician is unskilled. Laser therapy is faster than electrolysis, but the hair usually returns in 3-6 months. Risks include scarring around the treated area.

Do any of these sound like something you may like to try?

July 18, 2009 - 5:34pm
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