Hair growth is a natural biological process or phenomenon in all human beings. The growth of hair is restricted to certain areas of your body like the head, armpits, hands, legs, and in the immediate periphery of the primary sexual organ. But more often, hair growth and development becomes excessive especially over one’s face that is noticeably embarrassing more for women than men.
Causes behind Unwarranted Facial Hair
The medical term for unwarranted hair growth over one face or other areas of the body is called ‘hirsutism’ and it seems to stalk more women than men. There are many causes that lead to this medical condition but the root problem that is common to all the causes is excessive secretion of the male hormone androgen. Presence of high levels of testosterone which is the principal sexual hormone in males (also present in females to a minimal extent) due to a diseased condition of the adrenal glands can be a cause as well.
Another condition that results in unnecessary facial hair growth in women is PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome. Apart from undue hair growth, PCOS can cause women to have dark skin patches, a husky voice and menstrual problems. Genetic conditions like Cushing’s syndrome and gynaecological disorders can also be reasons for augmented hair growth.
Whatever be the reason for your undesirable facial hair growth, it does need to be emphasized that you’d want to get rid of the same. As beauty always had a high premium in human communities any blot or marks that is a blemish on a woman’s pulchritude is considered an annoyance or irritant that has to be cleared or removed.
Following are some guidelines or Tips to Stop Facial Hair Growth in Women. Whether the technique will be a long winded one or downright convenient will depend upon the procedure you choose.
Plucking the facial hair with tweezers is a proven way of not only getting rid of unwanted hairs but also in impeding the growth process. In many cases, hair growth stops with passage of time. The entire tweezing process takes time and might hurt initially but your skin adapts to it in due course of time. When you pluck a hair with a tweezer, its follicle that lies beneath the epidermis gets damaged and future hair growth is arrested permanently.
Before you can use the tweezer, sanitize its ends with formaldehyde or chlorine. Sterilize the ends again after you’re done with the tweezing. Sterilization is a must if you want to keep infection at bay. Stretch or press the skin mildly around the plucking area and hold the hair near the base with the ends of the tweezer and pull out the hair steadily.
2. Epilators Can Be Effective
Epilators are more effective than tweezers in uprooting the hair from its base thus destructing the hair follicle and putting paid to facial hair growth in a lasting manner. The technique is faster as well but is as painful as tweezing if not more.
You can try waxing at home for eliminating undue facial hairs from their roots and afterwards bleach the waxed area. It is again an agonizing method and might hurt more than tweezers or epilators but then it is more helpful and efficient than both the above mentioned systems.
The process requires the application of warm wax with the help of an applicator that is supplied with the kit and then letting the wax cool down. When the wax has cooled down sufficiently, use your fingers to pull it off from the skin in a direction that is just opposite to the course of hair growth. Since hair might start growing again within 2-3 weeks of your waxing, you should wax more often for interrupting with the organic process of hair growth.
4. Using a Prescribed Topical Cream
Use a disposable razor that has been sterilized properly for shaving off the crop of excessive hair growth on the face especially over the chin area and the upper lip. Form a good lather with a shaving cream or gel and apply it all over your face before you can use the razor. Thereafter you can use a topical cream (Eflornithine for instance) that has been prescribed by a dermatologist or skin specialist. Effects of using such a medicated cream or unguent 2-3 months post treatment.
5. Laser Treatment
Laser procedures for doing away with undue facial hair have been in vogue for quite some time now and have become very popular as well. Laser treatment procedure proves effectual not only in killing the hair follicles but is also helpful in improving pigmentation and complexion of the skin.
Before you can make up your mind on opting for a laser technique, you’d need to consult with the medical specialist of a particular treatment clinic who’ll advise you on the number of sessions you’d require. The total number of sessions you’d need, amongst other factors, will depend on your skin texture and age. You should take note that the problem of hirsutism cannot be solved in one sitting.
6. Threading out Hairs
A cosmetologist is the right professional who can dexterously use the threading process for pulling out the hairs from their roots. The cosmetologist twirls a thread of cotton around a hair for uprooting hairs in rows. You can browse on the net for cosmetology clinics for narrowing down on a practitioner skilled in threading.
7. Gels and Creams that Work as Growth Inhibitors
Your dermatologist can recommend an herbal hair inhibitor that helps you in getting down to the root of the problem. In other words, application of an herbal cream or ointment interferes with the growth process and alters the constitution of a hair follicle that results in a soft and slim hairy outgrowth. With time, the hairs stop growing altogether.
8. Home Remedies
There are many remedies and readymade solutions lying in your home that you can make good use of. You can smear your face with tomato peel or scrape a slice of tomato against your facial skin. Tomato not only is a good natural exfoliant but also helps preserve skin tone and protects it from toxic UV rays. Scrubbing sugar blended with honey and lemon also helps in riddance of dead skin cells.
Drinking two cups of tea peppered with spearmint for at least 5 days in a week decreases the secretion of testosterone and its subsequent release into the bloodstreams of women. Reduced discharge of testosterone in turn leads to diminished hair growth.
9. Dietary Practices
What you eat can and does make a considerable difference in the development of unwanted facial hair. Supplement your daily meals with fruits and vegetables like blueberries, papaya, banana, tomatoes, broccoli, pumpkin, celery, spinach, and lettuce. Eat foods rich in vitamin B6, vitamin E, magnesium, zinc and folates for regulating the secretion of hormones especially androgen and testosterone.