Are you embarrassed by facial hair? Five ways to deal with pesky overgrowth during the menopause.
We’re all familiar with the rogue chin hair or the upper lip fuzz.
Yet, many of us are embarrassed about our facial hair. Not only that, it can impact our self-esteem and confidence.
A study in 2009 found 75% of women in the UK reported suffering from clinical levels of anxiety due to their facial hair. While 40% said, their unwanted facial hair left them uncomfortable attending social events.
How much facial hair you have depends a lot on your age (and genetics).
But as we get older, we may notice our facial hair gets thicker, darker, and there’s just more of it.
Our once soft duvet of fuzz now resembles a 13-year-old boys moustache. While our chin hair’s have coordinated themselves into a goatee.
If you’re wondering what the hell is going on — the answer is hormones.
Or, more precisely, ‘the menopause’.
What happens to our facial hair during the menopause?
An increase in facial hair is quite usual during and after the menopause due to changes in hormones levels.
Here’s the science:
There are two types of facial hair — vellus hair, which is light, thin, and barely visible (think peach fuzz) and terminal hair, which is dark, coarse and thick (commonly found growing on men’s faces).
Oestrogen levels produce vellus hair. In contrast, terminal hair is caused by testosterone (the male hormone).
During the menopause, oestrogen production reduces dramatically. However, testosterone levels remain the same. This imbalance causes the eruption of terminal hair growth on our faces.
Here are five ways to remove unwanted facial hair during the menopause
Tweezing can be great for dealing with rogue facial hairs. The excellent news is regrowth from tweezing can take up to six weeks.
Always use clean, sterilised tweezers to avoid skin irritation. Also, check the tips are aligned so that you can get a firm grip on the hair. Finally, you should always pull the hair out at the same angle it’s growing at to make sure you remove the whole hair follicle and prevent ingrowing hairs.
The downside with tweezing is facial hair rarely grows uniformly. So, you have to tweeze daily to stay hair-free.
Cheap, quick, and you can do it at home —shaving has heaps of benefits.
However, the hair grows back fast, and it’s not suitable for all skin and hair types.
For best results, ensure the skin is moist and shave along the angle of hair growth, not against it.
Or you can visit a salon and request dermaplaning along with your facial. The procedure works pretty much life shaving — a scalpel is gently scrapped along your skin, removing all surface hairs — making it an excellent option for tackling annoying peach fuzz.
The great thing about waxing is it lasts for about 4-6weeks. And, you can do it from the comfort of your own home.
But, if you choose to have it done professionally, make sure you visit a qualified practitioner. Waxing done wrong can leave you and your skin very unhappy. Salon prices can vary, so do shop around. Also, remember you need to grow your hair a certain length before you can wax — this means leaving facial hair to grow for a few weeks.
- Laser hair removal
Not the cheapest option. But, it can lead to the permanent removal of unwanted hairs.
However, there are cons; it’s not suitable for light or grey hair and some skin styles.
Always seek the advice of a registered laser hair removal specialist before undergoing any treatments.
This technique zaps hairs at the root with an electric pulse. It’s perfectly safe but must be performed by a professional. Some women find it painful. It’s also time-consuming, as you need to remove one hair at a time, and multiple sessions are required. On the plus side, it’s as effective as other options yet kinder on the wallet.
Before you go
It’s not just unwanted facial hair —the menopause can cause a range of symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings that impact your quality of life and well-being.
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