Beauty 101: Facial Hair & How To Remove It Safely

Beauty 101: Facial Hair & How To Remove It Safely

Facial hair can be stubborn and difficult to remove – plus, it can massively impact your confidence. To find out how to minimise growth and prevent hair from darkening, we asked Lucy Dawe, senior consultant at the Pulse Light Clinic, for her advice.

Understand Why Facial Hair Occurs

“Men naturally have more facial hair than women due to stimulated hormones. But many women can still develop excess facial – and even body – hair due to their own increasing levels of testosterone. This can (but not always) be caused by Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), causing women to grow hair in places where men do – think the upper lip, chin, chest and back. That being said, some of us are more genetically prone to peach fuzz – it all depends on your own DNA and colouring. Either way, it’s important not to feel embarrassed or ashamed – remember, women aren’t born hair-free.” 

Know The Best Treatment Options 

“Luckily, there are an abundance of options when it comes to facial hair removal, with some better than others. If you’re suffering from excessive hair growth on the face, professional laser hair removal or electrolysis is recommended. The latter is ideal for those with a smaller area of stubborn hair as it tackles each follicle on an individual basis. Though it’s a longer and more delicate method, it’s incredibly thorough, thanks to a metal probe and electrical current that causes a chemical reaction and kills hair immediately. As for laser hair removal, this uses an intense beam of light which selectively destroys the hair follicles right from the root, so long-term results are almost guaranteed.” 

So many people think it’s okay to shave the odd facial hair off, but this should be avoided at all costs.
Lucy Dawe

Don’t Let Pain Put You Off 

“Often people avoid laser hair removal or electrolysis on the face for fear of pain, but you needn’t let that put you off. There can be some mild discomfort during laser hair removal, however, this tends to feel like an elastic band being pinged against the skin gently. You’ll also have a cool air system blowing alongside the laser throughout, so any discomfort is eased quickly. In fact, many people claim both processes are less painful and faster than any waxing treatment.”

Take Note Of DIY Options, Too

“Finally, it’s worth noting one DIY option: dermaplaning. While hair removal should really be left to the pros, this is a new method that is relatively risk-free, so it’s okay to experiment. As a treatment, it doesn’t last very long as it skims off the hair and dead cells without addressing the root at all, but it is inexpensive, easy to find and gives you a quick fix – try Dermaflash. Don’t be alarmed if some whiteheads appear post-use, either – this is very common.”


5 Of The Best Places To Visit For Facial Hair Removal

Sk:n Clinics, Various Locations,

Pulse Light Clinic, Tottenham Court Road,

London Premier Laser Clinic, Various Locations,

The Harley Medical Group, Various Locations,

Courthouse Clinics, Wimpole Street, 


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