The 6 Best Treatments for Hair on the Face

I am a 68 yr old woman who, for 10 years, has had minimal injectables, laser treatments and skin tightening done with my dermatologist. I use good quality products, and lots of sunscreen year around because I am an active outdoors woman. People always comment how good my skin looks. My only issue I am experiencing now, as I age, is facial hair all over! Should I shave it off, get professional waxing treatments or use hair removal creams?

Great question. Here are the options and the pros and cons for removing facial hair. 🙂

Sunscreen is a must this time of year with all below.

  1. Laser hair removal.  In my opinion, this is the grand slam of options; if you’re hair is darker than your skin. If you’re hair is grey, white or very blond the lasers won’t work well. It doesn’t even need to be a lot different, just some different. For skin types I-IIIish usually an Alexandrite or Diode is best. For skin types IV-VI, usually a Neodynium YAG (Nd:YAG) laser will be a better option. It just isn’t that expensive now and gets the hair way down at the root and needs very little maintenance after 3-6 treatments.
  2. Shaving.  It works, it’s inexpensive, and it doesn’t tend to cause small, ingrown hairs. It’s a time consuming, daily or almost daily task though.
  3. Hair Removal Creams.  Non prescription. These work for some, but don’t remove the hair at the root. In addition, many of the creams become irritating or cause an allergy over time.
  4. Vaniqa Cream.  I put this in a different category because it’s prescription and basically slows hair growth. Perhaps best for the little blondish (vellus) hairs. Usually not irritating. You need to use for 3-4 months to see results.
  5. Professional Waxing or Sugaring.  This works and is mildly painful and lasts for about 3-4 weeks depending on the person. It has a tendency to cause small ingrown hairs (pseudo folliculitis barbae) which can cause red bumps, inflammation and leave brown spots.
  6. Electrolysis. This has become more popular again and is used often in the transgender community. If you have someone good in your area, especially if the hair is grey, white or very blond, this can be a good option.

I hope this helps!

Dr. Brandith Irwin

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