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Facial Hair - Need Help!

(30 Posts)
GoldenHaze Sat 16-Jul-11 21:08:59

Ugh. Ever since I've been in my teens I've had a v. slight moustache. Not many hairs, but they're very dark and noticeable, so I have them waxed once a month.

Now in my mid-thirties I'm sure it's getting worse, and I seem to have a few below the bottom lip too.

It's awful. I feel so masculine. sad

Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I can minimise hair growth. I once mentioned it to my GP who agreed that there was "texture", but that there's nothing I can do, other than "shave" hmm

I've tried electrolysis (I think about 10 sessions) and it made no difference at all.

Any advice is greatly appreciated!

Ivortheengine8 Sat 16-Jul-11 21:12:53

Gosh no don't shave it, that will make it a lot worse. If its just one or two dark hairs I would try and pluck them out. I have one stubborn hair that always grows above my lip and I pluck it out whenever it become noticable.
There are products out there for facial hair removal if you look in superdrug or boots. I'm not sure which are best. Have yout thought of lazer treatment?
I know my sister had her eyebrows done using this.

letthembe Sat 16-Jul-11 21:14:52

Oh god I hear you. A couple of friends and I discuss the hair issue all the time. Why are we getting hairier? Chin hair - why?
Anyway, we are going to have a threading session in a few weeks. It's been highly recommended.
Good luck.

GoldenHaze Sat 16-Jul-11 21:16:56

Thanks, Ivor. No, I won't shave it. I did once as a teenager and regretted it!

It's a fair few hairs now, and I don't seem to be able to keep on top of plucking them all. The ones below my bottom lip are eye-watering to pluck too.

I've tried creams, but find waxing more effective (although I've had my skin burned many a time!)

Is electrolysis the same as lasering? If so, I tried it but it didn't work for me.

I wonder if there's a medication that I could take. A hormone thingymajig?!

BitOfFun Sat 16-Jul-11 21:17:26

Ask your GP (or another in the practice) for Vaniqa cream, which reduces growth over time. There is also IPL, electrolysis, threading...your GP sounds a bit rubbish, tbh.

GoldenHaze Sat 16-Jul-11 21:18:34

letthembe, yes I should try threading. Can they do it on very tiny hairs?

I have lots of very fine hairs (yes, I know that contradicts my OP, but on relection, it's a lot of hair, but very fine), so it's difficult to pluck them, but they're noticeable as I'm v. dark.

BitOfFun Sat 16-Jul-11 21:19:02

Theres a pill called dianette which sometimes helps, but you might not be a candidate- it depends on your age etc.

GoldenHaze Sat 16-Jul-11 21:19:49

Thanks BitOfFun, my GP is a bit rubbish. I suppose he sees people with 'real' illnesses, to me as the moustached lady was a bit of a bore!

I'll ask about Vaniqa cream. Thanks for the tip.

GoldenHaze Sat 16-Jul-11 21:21:39

I was on dianette for years and years as an anti-acne pill. It didn't work for me (but Roaccutane did). I didn't affect the facial hair situation either.

camtt Sat 16-Jul-11 21:24:45

electrolysis is a long term thing but gradually you notice the difference and should get to a stage when you can go less often, for a shorter session. Pregnancy helps! (sadly not permanently)

AlwaysbeOpralFruitstome Sat 16-Jul-11 21:27:08

This product is great for facial hair, it's basically a DIY threading tool and is great at getting rid of larger amounts of hair in a short time. Use after a hot bath and it's not too painful.

Oh and your not alone, without that thing I do a fine impression of a golden retriever - I practically shimmer in bright sunlight and not in a good way blush.

BitOfFun Sat 16-Jul-11 21:27:56

It is just a possibility, but have you ever asked to be investigated for PCOS?

HuntForGalaxyHazelnut Sat 16-Jul-11 21:28:08


You can actually teach yourself to thread! I used This Website and can now get rid on my top lip, and chin hair myself. Be warned though, it takes a bit of practise and it's really painful!

I also found this threading tool and am thinking of buying one to try because threading kind of rubs on your fingers.

Faggotsnpeas Sat 16-Jul-11 21:32:05

I use Nair hair removal cream which you can buy from Boots, and im sure you could get it in superdrug or any other of those tpe of shops. It works wonders, removes the hair and lasts a few weeks at a time, very easy to use

GoldenHaze Sat 16-Jul-11 21:35:25

I think I have been tested for PCOS, BitOfFun. It was a while ago though. It's a pain because I've had this problem since the age of about 11, I suppose. It's become worse with age though. I REALLY hope DD hasn't inherited it, as it's rubbish!

I'll have a look at threading, thanks all. It does sound painful!

Faggotsnpeas, I've used Nair a few times before and it's fine but doesn't get to the root of the problem (no pun intended!)

willybreeder Sun 17-Jul-11 09:26:16

Threading is great but take painkillers first and a stiff drink after!

kyacat Sun 17-Jul-11 09:45:32

Ooh is threading painful? I'm considering trying it. Has anyone tried it for whispers nose hair? blush

aquos Mon 18-Jul-11 13:39:39

I've got PCOS. My hairs are very dark and quite thick. Upper lip, cheeks, chin and throat.

I've tried waxing but the hairs are so thick and dark, it's just too horrible to let them get to a length suitable for waxing.

I tried a few sessions of electrolysis, but didn't notice any difference.

Plucking with tweezers works best for me. I just need to put a few minutes aside each day for standing in front of a well lit mirror.

I haven't tried threading because I'm a coward.

I must give hair removal cream another go. Tried it a few years ago, but it kept sliding off my face before it had had time to work.

Ephiny Mon 18-Jul-11 13:47:10

The Epicare is good, very similar to threading I think, but easier to do yourself! If you do it regularly the hair should start to appear finer/sparser after a while.

Definitely don't shave, I think that will look awful, especially if you've got dark hair. I'm wary of hair removal cream as when I've tried it on my face it burnt/irritated the skin, my skin is quite sensitive though.

hifi Mon 18-Jul-11 18:12:11

huntfor alwaysbe
are the products you both recommended the same but huge price difference? would like to know before ordering,tia.

HuntForGalaxyHazelnut Mon 18-Jul-11 19:30:49


Oh God, I am cringing at the thought of threading nose hair!! You could try it, but it makes your eyes water just on top lip and eyebrow hair. <shudder>

Yes i think they are basically the same, not sure why there's such a huge price difference!

kyacat Mon 18-Jul-11 19:52:25

Ah. Probably just as bad as plucking it I suppose, although I think I read somewhere you shouldn't pluck it.. confused

penneyann Mon 18-Jul-11 23:55:16

Have had same problem for years. I always use immac on moustache and chin area. I put it on bout once a week before I shower /bath-just takes a few minutes. It works really well.

AlwaysbeOpralFruitstome Tue 19-Jul-11 10:29:03

hifi - I think they are the same although I did read somewhere that there are 'cheap imitations' that don't work as well (i.e. break the hair off instead of pulling it out), however I suspect this is marketing bullshit. I would go for the cheap one and if it doesn't work that well, you've only wasted a couple of quid (well six quid with postage).

hifi Tue 19-Jul-11 13:01:20

thanks, ordered

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