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I've been using facial wax strips for years (I'm 29 now), sometimes I get the sensitive ones and have to say they do the job. However...., I did notice the skin above my top lip is really different to the rest of my face.It's harder and always drier with larger pores or just different to the rest of my face that doesn't get waxed. The difference is probably only seen by me and in certain lights up close but I think it adds to my skintone being uneven. I'm really fair-skinned so long-term waxing on that small area on a darker tone of skin could be quite obvious, but don't quote me. I think the problem is wax sticks to the skin and not just the hair and you don't notice so much on larger areas like legs etc. I'm going to stop the little strips and try threading, it works on my eyebrows really well. Never tried sugaring though, apparantly it sticks to the hair and not the skin.
My daughter is coming home from school very upset as she's being teased about her hairy upper lip - my husband is Sri Lankan and she has inherited from him very dark, thick hair, but has quite a light skin (light olive complexion) so it's very obvious. All her (fully Sri Lankan) cousins had much darker skin so didn't worry about facial hair until much older. I can see on the postings that waxing seems to be out until they are older, I can't imagine shaving would work well (thinking of cuts, stubble etc), other posters have advised against chemical hair removal at this age, and I don't know if bleach would harm her skin. I've asked her GP about what we can do but he didn't seem to have any idea. Any advice? Thank you!