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echelon Tue 09-Aug-16 21:43:06

This is really affecting my confidence.
I have PCOS and have always suffered with excess body and facial hair.
For the last two years the hair on my chin is growing longer and is prickly and coarse.
I tried wax strips which did nothing. Tried hair removal cream which lasted about a day.

A few months ago, out of desperation I took my husband's razor and shaved my chin until it was smooth.
It only lasted until that evening and the hair grew back, awfully prickly and coarse again.
It's been there ever since and is thick and long. I've (stupidly) taken my razor to it several times and each time the hair grows back even pricklier. And it grows back even faster.
I feel like crying every time I feel it. I feel like a bloke.

Luckily I'm very fair, and the stubble isn't noticeable.
What do I do? The products I've used (Veet, Superdrug, Boots creams and waxes)aren't working and aren't stopping the hair growth.
sad

BastardGoDarkly Tue 09-Aug-16 21:44:37

What about getting it epilated?

RealDMJourno Tue 09-Aug-16 21:44:58

I shave my face once a day and have done for 10 years. Also PCOS. I wish I could offer advice.

lcoc2015 Tue 09-Aug-16 21:46:20

Save up and get it lasered. It seems expensive but the amount of time thinking about it, money and product you will spend on it otherwise will justify the cost. While you are saving up either pluck ir get it threaded maybe?

MsKite Tue 09-Aug-16 21:47:43

My friend has her face threaded regularly. Or you could try an ipl machine. Not sure if that's suitable for pcos related hair growth though?

myownprivateidaho Tue 09-Aug-16 21:50:46

But the shaving worked, no? It just grew back. I shave my chin hairs every morning. It's fine.

myownprivateidaho Tue 09-Aug-16 21:51:47

Also when you shave, it just blunts the hair so it can look more noticeable. It doesn't actually change the hair to make it thicker or pricklier or anything.

ABloodyDifficultWoman Tue 09-Aug-16 21:51:52

I don't know your age or your situation but a good friend of mine did manage to get her GP to prescribe a product called Vaniqa on the NHS - it's a cream that reduces hair growth over a period of months. It did work for her but she had a devil of a job getting the GP to prescribe it - I think it's quite expensive. If you are able you could always go for a private consultation and prescription? Otherwise there's always electrolysis for a permanent solution.

RealDMJourno Tue 09-Aug-16 21:54:34

It's not fine idaho. I'm female. I secretly shave my face. I hide my fucking 5 o'clock shadow from my husband.

It's not fine.

Voddy4 Tue 09-Aug-16 21:55:40

Try threading? Works a treat for eyebrows so may work for you as well?

ABloodyDifficultWoman Tue 09-Aug-16 21:56:32

Women really suffer with this shit idaho - I agree with DM - it's really NOT fine. Way to minimise OP's obvious unhappiness ffs.

myownprivateidaho Tue 09-Aug-16 21:59:00

DM Err well it is fine for me! No prob if your experience is different. I do get a 5 o'clock shadow too, but just shave again if I go out in the evening. It's just a routine. I'm not embarrassed about my DP seeing the hairs though. I would be more upset if the hairs were over the rest of my face, but for me it's just my chin.

Aimtobecalm Tue 09-Aug-16 22:02:23

Hi, I use a facial epilator, it's a braun one. I tried veet and nair creams but had to leave them on longer than the recommended time and still hairs were left. I tried lots of home wax pots and strips they didn't work. Waxing at the salon did work but hairs grew back after a week and it was too expensive. I love the epilator it doesn't hurt just stings a bit and takes seconds once or twice a week flowers

CaptainCrunch Tue 09-Aug-16 22:03:03

My sister had this problem op, nothing worked apart from laser treatment. I hope you're ok, it's not a pleasant thing to deal with.

myownprivateidaho Tue 09-Aug-16 22:03:55

Erp the OP asked for experiences from those with the same problem. Which I do. Shaving is inexpensive, doesn't (for me) cause ingrowing hairs (which plucking and threading do), and is much quicker and easier than hair removal cream. You can incorporate it into your daily/ twice daily routine with no problem. If I left my hairs I would have a small "beard" patch on my chin, which I would find distressing. But I shave them once or twice a day, and it's completely fine. I just don't think about it. Fair enough if she wants to try electrolysis or a more permanent option. But just putting it out there that shaving works too.

echelon Tue 09-Aug-16 22:07:04

Obviously some women are ok with shaving their chin and that's cool, but I'm not sad every time I use the razor it grows back coarser, thicker, I'm talking awful, mean stubble! My chin feels like sandpaper.
I used my husband's Dove shaving cream yesterday. Covered my chin with it and saw myself in the mirror whilst doing it and just felt like bawling. I don't feel feminine.
I'm hiding it from DH as well. He has no clue that unless I take a razor to my face every day, my chin would be covered with thick, prickly stubble.
It's growing on my upper lip too.

Is lasering ridiculously expensive?
Can anyone recommend a good epilator?

Has anyone tried the No No gizmo?

RealDMJourno Tue 09-Aug-16 22:07:17

Idaho please stop minimising a distressing issue.

RealDMJourno Tue 09-Aug-16 22:08:58

OP the No No has a load of medical exceptions so I haven't tried. I've used every depilatory cream going.

I hate shaving. Hate it. I hope you find a solution.

myownprivateidaho Tue 09-Aug-16 22:09:00

DM I can only speak for my own experience! Really unclear about them problem of sharing what works for me. Fair enough if it's not right for others.

ChocolateButton15 Tue 09-Aug-16 22:10:12

I haven't had laser but a lot of salons do price plans on them now and can do pain free laser. Just check it's a reputable salon.

Amelie10 Tue 09-Aug-16 22:12:29

My sister has the same issue and is doing laser treatment and it's working! I would definitely say look into it op. It's costly, but i really think It's the only thing that might work for you.

ABloodyDifficultWoman Tue 09-Aug-16 22:12:56

I don't know anyone who's used a No No - have you checked online reviews to see what they're like? I always think that if these things aren't sold in the shops there's a reason for that. And that awful 'Oscar Nominated' 'actress' who advertises it makes me very very stabby!

monkeywithacowface Tue 09-Aug-16 22:19:21

I don't understand why people are being so harsh with idaho? I don't see any of her posts telling the op to get over it. She's just sharing her experience and personally I think it's great that she feels comfortable with the way she manages it. Obviously the OP is feeling very distressed about it which is completely understandable and to be honest I would feel the same but I don't like the attitude being shown here that because Idaho is able to feel ok about it all that she is minimising an issue she experiences herself.

CrazyOldBagLady Tue 09-Aug-16 22:25:14

Before you consider splurging on any other products, you might want to try one of these little gizmos. I found a recommendation on Mumsnet and after years of misery trying to de-tasche myself painfully with wax, this thing changed my life. They sting a little but you get used to it, and it doesn't leave any stubble, redness, spots or scabs.

Pippa12 Tue 09-Aug-16 22:29:08

My sister has pcos and suffers with facial hair. She started having electrolysis last year, it's £10 for 10 minutes. Initially she was going weekly but now 3-4 wks. She's much more confident and says it's improved her quality of life. flowerscakewine this isn't nice for you and I really hope you find a suitable solution x

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