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rackhampearl Wed 22-Mar-17 10:59:25

I am 28 with blonde hair but i have quite noticeable facial hair. I keep seeing articles across social media about women shaving their face and that it's supposed to be brilliant for skin as it's essentially dermablading. The theory is that men look younger than women as they spend most of their life shaving, which in turn removes all the dead skin/exfoliates. AIBU to want to do this? Do any of you already shave your faces? Have you noticed any pros/cons? I don't want to add this to my beauty regime until I've heard from real women and not just the 'farticles' grin

Honeybee79 Wed 22-Mar-17 11:02:23

Don't do it OP. It will cause your hair to grow back thicker, darker and coarser and will cause dry skin etc and all the other problems men have with shaving. I have pcos so facial hair is a problem for me too. Waxing or threading would be better. Don't shave!!

gamerchick Wed 22-Mar-17 11:04:28

I use an electric shaver (well I nicked the husbands) takes seconds a couple of times a day. I've never had any problems with skin.

U2HasTheEdge Wed 22-Mar-17 11:05:29

Don't shave.

I noticed some fine hairs around my lips a few months ago. I shaved them in a moment of stupidity. Now they come back as dark and thick hairs. I have caused myself more of a problem. I going to have to get them waxed now and they weren't even that bad in the first place.

HecateAntaia Wed 22-Mar-17 11:06:16

shaving would be a mistake.
shaving cuts the hair so it grows back blunt, making it appear darker/coarser/whatever.

far better to wax or use cream or pluck.

i have pcos.

i have a LOT of facial hair.

and i dont mean tiny thin hairs.

i mean moustache. beard. <sob>

so hair removal is something i know a lot qbout!

shaving causes rashes. ingrowing hairs. stubble.

better to use a different method and a face mask or something if you want smoother skin.

Honeybee79 Wed 22-Mar-17 11:08:26

Hecate - I am in a similar position with pcos. It's shite!

rackhampearl Wed 22-Mar-17 11:08:52

Arghh. Now I'm back behind the sofa at the thought. I have PCOS. I get hairs from my chin, upper lip and two moles like things on my face. It's horrible. I get so conscious when up close to people but waxing causes me to break out as does hair removal cream. I tried epilating my upper lip once and nearly ripped my bastard lips off hmm

Aoibhe Wed 22-Mar-17 11:09:15

I've been having my facial hair waxed since I turned 30.
I don't think you should shave your face.

Pippa12 Wed 22-Mar-17 11:11:46

Electrolysis? Fairly lengthy process but improvements are noticible quickly and eventually a permanant result.

Honeybee79 Wed 22-Mar-17 11:12:23

rackhampearl - have you tried lycon wax? It's much gentler on the skin than the usual hot wax and might help with breakouts. I get them to use it on my moustache and other facial hair.

Pippa12 Wed 22-Mar-17 11:12:36

Please don't shave... once its done there is absoloutly no going back... ever!

rackhampearl Wed 22-Mar-17 11:14:34

Is that expensive though Pippa ?

I'm a SAHM so don't have any disposable income for myself really. I have about £100 per month for essentials/treats.

Really wanted a quick fix but I'd be an idiot not to listen to fellow 'cysters' especially.

Thank you Huns shock

HecateAntaia Wed 22-Mar-17 11:15:38

It really is isnt it, honey?
And the older i get the worse it gets.
And laser etc is according to what ive read, largely unsuccessful for pcos.
I pluck every day. Its the only thing that keeps it down.

Armadillostoes Wed 22-Mar-17 11:22:51

I also have PCOS-I did find that LEP worked well for me. It lasted for several years and now needs doing again, but was good and not stupidly expensive.

LadyDeadpool Wed 22-Mar-17 11:37:56

I shave, I have PCOS and being on benefits I can't afford much more than a 10p razor. I do have to do it every other day but it beats having a beard. Never had an ingrown hair and I swear the skin on my chin is silkier and softer than anywhere else!

NotCarylChurchill Wed 22-Mar-17 11:41:34

I shave, it's fine. It does not make hair grow back thicker, that's 100% myth. It can temporarily make regrowth look bristlier due to the ends of the hairs being cut and not tapered but if you grow it out it will go back to its pre-shaving state.

The only reason not to do it is if you have sensitive skin that a razor irritates.

rackhampearl Wed 22-Mar-17 11:42:22

*LadyDeadPool
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Every other day? Really? Have you noticed it grows back thicker and darker since you started? I'm not really keen on the idea now but it's so painful plucking and time consuming too but it's the only method doesn't scab up my face sad

user1471506380 Wed 22-Mar-17 11:42:39

Lasering only works on dark hairs op. I have more facial hair now I am older (lack of hormones). I bought an inexpensive facial epilator and it isn't perfect but it gets a lot of them. I use tweezers for some. I too considered shaving but I would have ended up with 5 o'clock shadow as I have darkish hair! I got my epilator from the Fifty Plus catalogue. Can't remember the exact price but think it was between £10 - 15.

rackhampearl Wed 22-Mar-17 11:46:31

See I forgot to mention that my hairs are very DARK

The hair on my head is blonde but my facial hair is black and coarse not fuzzy. I'm assuming that's because of the PCOS. Would I get a 5oclock shadow?

God sake. I'm fuming. I had just convinced myself to go for it! Ha. Suppose a scabby lip is better than a black tash? Or is it? Grrr

Twistmeandturnme Wed 22-Mar-17 11:49:10

nono
Bestie with PCOS absolutely swears by hers.
I think they are quite expensive to buy initially but take seconds to use and pain/rash free.

user1471506380 Wed 22-Mar-17 11:53:56

Something like this. www.amazon.co.uk/inkint-Pain-free-Electric-Depilator-Underarms/dp/B0194RTXAC/ref=sr_1_16_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1490183049&sr=8-16&keywords=epilators+for+women+face&tag=mumsnetforum-21

There are much dearer ones (over £100) but I wouldn't pay that much so don't know if they work better.

racheyc Wed 22-Mar-17 12:03:29

Get a tinkle razor from Amazon. It's for eyebrows I use it on my peach fuzz hair comes back exactly the same soft you won't regret it! Sorry for lack of punctuation etc

user1471506380 Wed 22-Mar-17 12:04:59

I buzz mine all over sides of face, chin and neck (ffs!) It doesn't hurt more than tweezering. I have just started getting dark hairs on sides of face (where a man's beard grows) hence my knowledge/ interest! I am hoping they will get finer. I plucked my lower legs years ago and now my legs are virtually hair free. Eyebrows and upper lip remains the same and I have been plucking those for donkey's years! Hope you find a solution that suits you op.

Notmyrealname85 Wed 22-Mar-17 12:05:50

I actually do shave and have never had problems ... but... I shave downwards only (gently), and don't shave upper and lower tache as skin around my lips is more irritable (I stand behind a bright light to highlight the hairs, and clip with small scissors - I bought a spare pair of toe nail scissors for it)

Never had problems! Hair doesn't grow back thicker and darker btw, that's psychological. Otherwise every time we shave our legs we'd be like actual bears smile

Notmyrealname85 Wed 22-Mar-17 12:06:57

And then maybe use specialist bleach for your top tache that's left over?

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