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Living Proof
12-12-2006, 09:41 PM
So I'm 17, and recently I started to notice more hair on my body. Namely, my face. I started to grow quite a bit of dark hair above my upper lip over the summer that I constantly seem to be bleaching and plucking. I also have started to grow a lot of dark hair on my neck and chin. I have noticed that the "peach fuzz" all girls have on their face is starting to get a little thicker, especially on the side of my face and along my jaw line. Also, I have noticed a few long dark hairs growing between my breasts and the hair on my arms has gotten thicker.. I think I might be getting some on my back as well.. This is really gross and embarrassing, and I keep it plucked and bleached and whatnot but it's getting harder to keep up with. I dont want to shave it because I know it will just come back even worse. I don't know how to talk about it with anyone and I've tried to talk to my mom about it but she dosent believe me. I think something wierd is going on with my body. I'm hypoglycemic and I don't know if maybe that's just getting worse or maybe somehow related.....


12-12-2006, 10:42 PM
Hi Living Proof,

I had a similar problem. I have very fair skin and very dark hair. I started to develop a lot of thick facial hair (chin, upper lip, sides of face) in my early 20s, and I tried everything - tweezing (which sometimes left little scabs), shaving (grew back coarser), bleaching (couldn't use it all over face), etc.

I even got hideous hair bumps on my face from ingrown hairs, and when I released the hairs with tweezers, I got bloody scabs. I had a serious problem with facial hair and I would cry about it. It was so embarrasing.

My hair problem was not caused by any medical issue, so the fact that you are experiencing this does not necessarily mean that you have a medical issue, but if you have concerns in that regard, see your doc. For people pre-disposed to "hairyness", it tends to worsen with age - so that may be why yours is becoming more and more noticeable.

What worked for me?

LASER HAIR REMOVAL. I saw a dermatologist who recommended it. The technology has come a long way in recent years. It worked a miracle for me.
After 6 months of treatments once a month, much of the hair was gone completely and what grows back is very fine. I regret that I waited so long to do it.

Things to note if you consider laser hair removal:
(1) See a board certified dermatologist for the treatment - they have a lot of places that are "spas" and "estiticians" who do it from store fronts, and I have heard many horror stories about people being burned.

(2) Research the laser the derm you see uses, some are thought to be more gentle than others.

(3) The derm will do a test patch of skin (usually under your chin where it is not visible) to see if you can tolerate the laser - some people cannot b/c of their skin, melanin, etc.

(4) Side effects: redness for several hours after the laser, it is not completely painless, although they will give you a topical cream to numb the skin which helps (I tolerated it pretty well and I do not have a very high threshold for pain), face may be a little sore the next day.

(5) Not exactly cheap and insurance won't cover it b/c its cosmetic. (You'll have to take that up with your mom). My chin and upper lip ran me about $150 per treatment. Could be more and could be less, but be selective about whom you let do the procedure - don't just go for whose cheapest.

Sorry my post is so long! I thought it was worth every penny and I am so happy to not have to tweeze, shave, bleach or be bothered whatsoever with what was becoming very unsightly facial hair PERMANENTLY (so far...its been about three years post treatment).


12-17-2006, 10:15 AM
You are describing a growth pattern that is seen in women with hormone imbalances, most commonly, PCOS, Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome. Are your periods regular?

You mentioned you are hypoglycemic. Do you see a physician regularly? Stop plucking the hair and let your doctor see the hair. They tend to not take it seriously unless they actually see the amount of hair you have. In addition to being tested for PCOS, ask for an insulin resistance test.

Electrolysis (FDA cleared for permanent hair removal) and Laser Hair Removal (FDA cleared for permanent hair reduction) are currently the only options to get rid of the hair. Electrologists that have additional training in laser hair removal are the true hair removal experts. Physicians, even board certified dermatologists, are not trained in hair removal. Often the laser manufacturers will have their sales staff train the doctor and the staff. This is not sufficient training. 30+ hours training at a school specializing in laser hair removal is the minimum you should accept.

12-21-2006, 06:19 PM
Ok IM 1* and I have peach FUzz All on my cheeks that connects to my upper lip but i get that waxed.I feel so self contious about it bcuz i told my boyfriend man i have peach fuzz and he was like i know u have it on ur side burns and cheecks some spots come out dark so i bleach them but its such a hasel. I wish that I could just get something done already i dont want to shave it I jus want it gone. I heard that electrolysis is 35 dollars every 10 min. i was wondering how many treatments You would have to go through at that speed because thats all I can afford right now . Or am I too young because its not noticable but when its on you its noticable so I just wanted to know what u guys think because seems like u guys know what to do and not too. So Please Respond !!!

12-22-2006, 04:35 PM
Electrolysis prices vary greatly depending on location and overhead. $35 for 10 minutes is above the norm. National average is $60-$80 an hour. Call around. Consultations are usually free and the electrologist can see the hair and give you an estimate on treatment time. If you are under 18, a parent will need to go with you for the consultation.

12-23-2006, 12:13 AM
Laser hair removal is good. Prices are different at each location. There's a place here that will do your upper and lower lip for $40 a treatment. You can get it done once every 4 weeks. So $40 a month isn't too bad.

12-23-2006, 07:45 PM
Ok well i dont want to get laser done. I think that it might hurt more than electrolysis. Like I just want to know if any of you guy have had it done and what the outcome is ? WEll ther's a place neer my school so I'll go ther and see how much it is! Do You guys think that its better to get it done now since im 1* or later on? !

Living Proof
01-02-2007, 12:41 PM
sigh.... I really don't know what to do. I made an appointment to go have my hormone levels tested.. I am concerned about the hair, but i think i'm more concerned about the reasons why it's there. I'm to the point where i dont care about the pain of lasers or whatever, i just want the cheapest most effective and permanent solution.

01-04-2007, 08:25 PM
I have thought of going to my doctor and asking and so I did and she didnt notice it and then this lady has the nerve to tell me what you need is some acne cream come on I was pms ... this week ok. Well SO I went and she said you cant notice anything and I was Like its beacuse I bleach it and you cant see it only when You in a bright like , like the sun and she said no you dont need anything she didnt even bring up getting it tested so thats why i have no choice but to go get electrolysis and get it removed . You should just try you now 35$ a month now thats pretty good and you wont have to worry about it. I just hate how like to us we can see it beacuse its on our bodies and doctors dont even care when its what we want. I get so frustrated...but thats my Opinion . You have thick hair on your arms who cares about that I have it on my waist and my stomach but I dont have it bad but in my stomach i jus shave under my belly button and thats it . You should go and get bleaching cream and jus bleach the areas you really notice the most and then till you can afford it go get electrolysis .

Dont be mad about because maybe its not that bad but if it belongs to you we notice every little thing but you should go to your doctor and see what they say ok .

01-07-2007, 08:10 PM
Has anyone tried waxing kits or sugaring for the facial area? I have some dark hairs growing above my upper lip. I have seen homemade recipes for sugaring, but I'm a little afraid since my skin is kind of sensitive - I'm afraid it will get red (how embarrassing). Also, I've heard that you use cloth strips with the sugaring. I'm not sure what cotton muslin is, but I guess that's what is often used. Can I use just any old strips? Like cut up cloth?

01-07-2007, 08:21 PM
Have you also considered bleaching? I've heard that's better than waxing, but how long does it last? My hair grows back pretty fast, so I'm not sure that that would be a better solution than waxing. I've heard that Nair for faces is good. Again, though, not sure how long it lasts. I'm just sick of shaving, but not really into lasers or electrolysis.

Living Proof
01-08-2007, 06:12 AM
i bleach the hair on my face.. i'd say i have to do it once every week and a half... it's kind of annoying having to do it so often, but I don't want to wax it and have to wait for it to grow back at a certain length to do it again...... :wave:

01-09-2007, 07:38 AM

This caught my eye, because I started noticing facial hair around the exact same age as you and it has gotten worse. It started out with just a few strands on my chin , that i plucked. Then more "sprouted" and I started using creams like sally hansen facial hair remover and nair. Soon my hair seemed to be too resistant to the creams and my skin was starting to get irritated and burn a little , and the creams just werent taking the hair away. So finally around the middle of last year , I started shaving that area. I also have light hair on my upper lip and a few fine longer hairs under my chin closer to my neck :dizzy: As of now, I have to shave my chin EVERYDAY , most of the time twice a day because of stubble. Its gotten worse , because the area I shaved is starting to turn dark like a little shadow. The hair there coarser and new hairs seem to be poppin up here and there. I have to cover with makeup everytime I shave.I recently purchased this product called "HAIR OFF" . It's a facial hair "buffer" and it feels a little like micro sandpaper :eek: . I only use it for the hair on my lip though. Its fairly ok, its a little better than waxing, because I dont have those little bumps afterwards. Its like your literally sanding the hair off your face.After I use it, most of the fine hair is gone, but the skin feels irritated....
Anyway, my insurance just kicked in and I am going to the doctor to see what the problem might be. I have a few other problems too, so I want to make sure its not a hormone imbalance .After I talk with her I will be looking into getting laser hair removal .From what I read on here and see, it is successful . Whatever you decide , make sure you discuss it with your doctor and parents to make sure you dont need to take hormones or anything first. Im very excited about maybe being able to do the laser treatment, because I believe this will finally be the solution Ive been looking for. If my doctor elects that its ok for me to have, I will post my sessions on here for you guys to read, to see the how far it will be coming along, and describe the session and my progress. Some of the doctors Ive been researching have payment plans or maybe you can just work on one area at a time if it is too expensive. Tips Ive been told as far as finding the right doctor is to look at how long they've been in the business , their credentials, and try to avoid places that make you pay the total upfront.You dont want to pay full price for something that may end up not even working. Also, there is electrolysis , but that would be better if you just have a few hairs, not a whole chinful :) Do lots of research and ask lots of questions to your doctor and Good luck in whatever you decide to go with.

01-09-2007, 10:27 AM
Living proof, do you use a bleaching kit, or just hydrogen peroxide? I've heard that using regular old 3% peroxide will bleach hair, but it takes at least a week of applying it every day to get it to blonde. I'm not that happy about waiting that long (my hair is very dark), but I'm afraid to try a bleaching solution that could bother my sensitive skin.

Living Proof
01-12-2007, 06:27 AM
I use a bleaching kit.. "Jolen Cream Bleach" .. It dosent really irritate my skin, and I have fairly sensitive skin as well. It does burn sometimes, just make sure you don't do it right after you wash your face and your pores are open.

Thank you for your post Kitten, it was very helpful, and I'm very excited for you to be able to do the hair removal!

01-13-2007, 09:48 AM
Living Proof, just wanted to let you know I bought the Jolen kit today, and it rocks! :) I think I'm going to try it on my brows too because it says you can, though I don't want to get that stuff in my eyes! Do you use it on your brows?

Living Proof
01-15-2007, 08:41 AM
I'm so glad that it's working for you! I don't use it on my brows, I'm too scared i'll get it in my eyes.. But let me know how it works out!

01-16-2007, 09:34 PM

I happened upon this thread while looking up causes of unwanted, excessive facial hair in women. I read that some of you are considering Laser Hair Removal and asking about how effective it is. Well...I have had laser hair removal done on my entire face (lip, chin, neck, sideburns) and am NOT HAPPY with the results. I went through Sona MedSpa because when I researched the process they seemed to have a better grasp on the issue and only registered nurses perform the removal. Plus, I have dermatographia and they took extra precautions with testing me for safety/reactions/efficacy.

Initially my results were good, however that changed. I had 6 treatments spaced about 2-3 months apart...yup, it took over a year to complete. At first my hair would just fall away with the simple rub of a washcloth but after the 4th treatment....nothing. I completed the treatments because I paid for them--$1,020.00--and no refunds were available. If you are still considering going with laser treatment, it was not painful, even with my overly sensitive skin and the treatments didn't take long (about 20 min per session). Just FYI.

Today I am back to shaving twice daily, using lots of makeup and being embarassed about leaving the house. I also have the problem of hairs growing on my chest and the growth seems to have thickened overnight....which leads me to believe I need to see my doctor after what I've been reading tonight. In my humble opinion, I feel that seeing a doctor should be the 1st step in dealing with this problem so you don't waste 1,000.00 on a treatment that won't work for your specific problem....like I did.

Sorry for the long post. I'm going to my doctor as soon as I can. And if she blows me off like the last one I had who recommended Laser Removal without even testing my hormones, then I'm going to find a doctor that will! I have several signs of an underlying problem mentioned in all the text I read tonight...hair on chest, chin/neck, nipples, extra muscle mass, and trouble losing weight.

Good luck ladies! I'm so thankful you guys were brave enough to talk about this...I am not alone! :)

01-18-2007, 01:26 PM
@ MTCM...Omg I am so sorry to hear that. Yes and make sure your doctor stays on top of this! Maybe there is a treatment that they can give that will reduce the growth. And about the laser , did you go back and see if they could at least give you touch-ups? Maybe after seeing your doctor , you should go back and see if they will work with you.The appt I have with my doctor is coming up, but since she is just my primary care provider, she's probably going to write me a referral to see a different doctor that deals with hormones or maybe a dermatologist (which will delay my decision on the laser treatments) I was about to just rush out and get it done, but Im trying to have patience. And since my hair growth started in my late teens, I too believe it may be hormones. I think there are estrogen pills or something to take to help balance them out. As my days get closer to my appointment, I'm getting more and more nervous about what my doctor will end up telling me. It's the most awful feeling to think that this problem may last forever :( And shaving is making my chin slightly scar , a light shadowing, and I am dark skinned (not a good look :( ) I really hate this. On the other hand, that Hair Off buffer that Ive been using for the upper lip actually works pretty good. It doesnt irritate as much as when i first started because I am rubbing more gently. And i only have to do it every few days...if that. When the hairs come back, they're a little bit more finer too. I wouldnt try it on my chin though, because half the time my chin is still a little swollen and irritated from me shaving and using witch hazel :rolleyes: I shave in the morning and get off work and have to do it again to hide the embarassing stubble! :) I have to laugh to keep from crying. I will keep you guys up 2 date when I go 2 the doctor though. And if anyone gets any info from their doctor on hormones causing this, please keep me up 2 date. Keep your heads up . I believe if we can share our stories and experiences, we will be able to help each other even more . Bye! :wave:

I feel so ___
02-02-2007, 09:15 AM
I'm not even 18 yet and I notice hair by the typical 'side burn' area, on my upper lip, on my cheeks, and following down from my eyebrows. : ( Will this get worse? It's really depressing. Its not incredibly noticable, and there ISNT too much..

I have longish blonde hairs on my lip, the with occasional slightly dark one.

I have longish blonde hairs on my cheek.

I have long blonde hairs on my 'side burn' area, and a lot of them are dark over there.

The hairs that trail down from my eyebrows are small, but darkish.

Should I consider electroylisis instead of laser? Supposedly it is more effective, and better for blonde hairs / selective hairs.

I'm considered about my horomone levels, and I think I might have PCOS. I can't talk to my parents around these things because they. dont. believe. me.

I'm also losing hair.

BTW, I have a question...

I SHAVED my arms a few times when I was younger. And I SHAVED my upperlip before when I was younger. Oh the razor happy days. Anyway, IS THIS WHY my upperlip hair is like this? The hair on my arms is also LONGER AND DARKER too. I heard that if you SHAVE your hair, it'll come back weird, but once you WAX it it'll grow back normal again. IS THIS TRUE?

02-02-2007, 11:27 PM
I don't think laser hair removal is done on blonde hair.

If you think you have PCOS then you can have a test done by a doctor. I had my hormone levels checked by a doctor and she said everything was normal. I remember her saying something like if I wanted to get checked for PCOS I would need a pap smear or something like that done. Since I'm not sexually active I said forget it. Plus she said all she could do anyways was put me on birth control. I said no way.

Shaving does not cause your hair to grow back even longer. If that were true women would have legs like gorillas.

02-03-2007, 10:14 AM
I have blonde, long hairs all over my body. I guess since seeing my doctor and learning that there is "nothing I can do" since my hormone levels are normal, I've accepted it.
What I don't accept is the fact that I'm progressively getting more and more hair on my forehead, but it's really thin and blonde. It's visible in certain light (most of the time) since blonde hairs reflect light and you can just see it. So gross.
Anyway... my doctor told me that at the time he was working for a laser treatment place and suggested I do that (if I want) whenever I decided it was time. (I don't have that kind of money so I can't laser my entire body... seriously, it's ridiculous.)
Plus he didn't even take a look at what I was talking about so I don't think he should have suggested that without actually knowing how bad the problem is.

Anyway, I've asked people about this before since I've heard that laser treatments can't be done on blonde hair. But someone told me that this is a myth and laser treatments are possible for all hair types.
Is that true?
I just don't get why it wouldn't be, and if that's the case than that kinda sucks since the hair on my forehead is mostly very blonde (except for the temples where I've been getting new hairs that are actually darker).

02-03-2007, 04:52 PM
Hair removal lasers work by targeting the pigment in the hair. Blonde, gray, and white hairs don't have the pigment needed for laser to be effective. Most red hairs will not respond as well. The only effective treatment to permanently remove those lighter color hairs is electrolysis.

02-03-2007, 06:17 PM
Thanks for clearing that up. I've been wondering about that for a while.
I have heard that electrolysis is really painful though and way more expensive... hm, kinda unfortunate.

02-04-2007, 10:50 AM
I've had both done and it depends on the area you're having treated. Some areas are more sensitive than others. Some areas are more uncomfortable with laser than with electrolysis. There are also topical anesthetics that can be used to take the edge off the discomfort. If anyone advertises "painless" laser hair removal, then they aren't turning the laser on. You definitely feel it.

02-05-2007, 01:03 PM
I'm having similar problems to you all. I just wanted to let you know that before anything (CONSIDERING ELECTROLYSIS) get a hormone blood test, because if you have electrolysis or lazer hair removal and you have a hormone problem then the hairs will grow back and carry on getting thicker. You might need to be put on hormone pills, as well as have electrolysis! This is just from reading up on the internet. I'm not medicaly trained, but its deffinately worth checking out first with your doctor and make sure you havent got PCOS before going ahead with the treatment, because if you have PCOS, you might need extra tablets as well as electrolysis to take care of the hair!

Hope that helps you!

02-05-2007, 10:00 PM
Actually, once a follicle is destroyed via electrolysis or laser, it's gone. BUT, if there are hormone issues, completely different inactive follicles could be stimulated by the hormones and new hairs (different than regrowth) could be produced. Electrologists are trained to know when to refer their clients for hormone testing. Because there is little to no training in hair biology with laser hair removal, laser operators rarely discuss hormone issues, so in that case, it may be wise to have hormone testing before committing to treatments.

02-09-2007, 10:20 AM
Hello All!,

:wave: Ok, so I finally made it to the doctor. The first testing I got was a pelvic/ transvaginal ultrasound to check for abnormalities with my uterus/ovaries. They didnt find anything so Im happy about that. If you were to have PCOS , they would normally find a ring of cysts in that area , and wen u go for a blood test they will find that you are insulin-resistant (the doc will tell from your test results by looking at the blood sugar) . I had neither of those, so now on to the PAP test. Im getting those results back in a few weeks, but my doc says that so far I DONT have signs of PCOS. She said is because the fat cells turn some to testerone ( the male hormone). She also said by judging my body hair and in the places I should her that I did NOT want it to be growing, that it was normal for me. I guess its gotten worse now because I used to mess with it when I was younger lol. I am going to have my hormone levels in my blood tested sometime next week, so I will know ABSOLUTELY if I have any hormone problem or not. She also said with laser treatment, is real good for getting hairs on the upper lip. So i will be researching the laser treatment centers soon and giving you a report from my first session. Keep your heads up ladies and make sure you do your research thoroughly and talk with your doctor before making a final decision. :)

I feel so ___
02-10-2007, 12:18 PM
Hi, me again.

Question for CHOICE: I hope she sees..

How has electroylisis been for you? Have you gotten it selectively done? I'm really wanting it done but I want to know if you've had any re hair growth or anything. And whats it like for your upper lip? The areas I want are.

Upper lip..


OH, and a selective area by my belly button

02-10-2007, 01:14 PM
I had my brows done when I was 14. Brows are not controlled by hormones and easily reach permanency.

I had less than a dozen on my abdomen which are long gone.

Facial hair is more difficult to remove. And there will be some regrowth for a while. It's not a one time treatment. In my case, my mother and grandmother both had a few chin and upper lip whiskers which I've inherited. My mother began having electrolysis during the same time I had my brows done. Once the original hairs were gone, she'd have to have maybe one or 2 treatments per year to keep up with new hairs that just came with age, which seems to be the path that I will be following.

The upper lip is sensitive. Most electrologists will apply a topical anesthetic which will not deaden the area completely, but will take the edge off. There are other topical creams that can be applied 20-60 minutes before the treatment which provide more deadening if truly needed, but not complete numbness. You don't want to be completely numb anyway. One of the ways an electrologist knows if your skin is being over treated is if you are in too much discomfort.

02-11-2007, 10:10 PM
I can definitely relate to you.. I'm 21 and my hair growth started when I was about 15... It is quite embarrassing... My friend is an esthetician and she told me that if electrolysis and laser hair were too expensive (which they were for me because I'm a full time student)... to shave... So.. I shave my face every day in the shower and nobody would ever know.... Just make sure to moisturize your face regularly so that you don't get bumps... So far, I've had success doing that.... Also, I tried Vaniqa which is a topical that you put on after you shave or use a cream hair remover.... it is supposed to stunt the hair growth... I did not see any results, but just because it didn't work for me doesn't mean that it wouldn't work for you.... Just check with your gynecologist or dermatologist.

04-10-2007, 01:42 PM
ok guys :wave: So I FINALLY made it to get the laser done! I just got it done today, just to my chin area. It didnt hurt at all.It feels like a really fast , slightly hot rubberband snap to your skin, and then its all done (it may be different for others depending on the area). I was excited so i decided to share it with you all first and I'll be updating with info on any changes in my skin , and the success of the treatment later. So far everything is looking ok, as far as my skin and the area treated is concerned. No rashes or anything. The doc says the hair should fall out within 1 to 2 weeks. Wish me luck!!!

04-10-2007, 04:40 PM
What laser was used?

04-10-2007, 06:50 PM
Definately sounds like a hormone imbalance. You should see your doctor. They can help you.

04-11-2007, 09:39 AM
She used the YAG laser (Im darker skinned). Today everything seems to be still ok . The only thing that is probably going to mess me up is that I still shave the hair instead of letting it grow out :eek: only because I cant be walking into my job with a freaking beard :). So its going to take a longer time for me to see my results and the smooth skin.I havent let the hair grow out enough for me to see it or for it to fall. And since the laser destroys the follicle , there is nothing to push the hair out. So now I have itty bitty stubble bumps where the hair is. Im scared to let it grow out!!! lol I will update in a few days if I see any new results.

04-11-2007, 05:59 PM
I have the exact same problem. I'm 20 now, but have been dealing with unwanted facial hair for years. I pluck every day because every day a new dark thick hair pops up either on the side of my face or my chin/neck, even my chest sometimes. In addition to those, regular darkish hairs grow on my upper lip, sideburns (encroaching on my cheeks), and chin. I just used Sally Hansen facial hair remover so I could attend a wedding looking my best. Hairs on my upper lip are already growing back a week later.

I'm not sure what constitutes excessive hair growth. I get it down my chest, around my belly button, my entire face (even very fine dark hairs all over my forehead and nose). I always just figured I was unluck and would have to deal with it until I can afford laser treatments. Does this sound something I should be concerned about? I didn't know this could be a sign of more serious problems.

04-11-2007, 07:26 PM
I didn't think that laser could remove it all at once. My friend had her ipper lip chin and side of her face down with laser. The doctor told her that only some of the hair would take to the laser and fall out in about 2 weeks. She was told that she would probably need 3 treatments to get it all rmoved. Her hair was very dark on fair skin.

Let me know how your hair does. If it is all gone then I'll tell others about the laser you had.

04-11-2007, 10:04 PM
It's perfectly ok for you to shave. The follicle isn't destroyed. The papilla at the bottom of the follicle produces the hair and that's what is damaged by the laser. The follicle will still push the hair out as it goes into the next growth phase. The reason it takes longer for shaved hair to shed is because they are getting caught on towels, clothing, or anything else rubing across the skin. You can help the shedding process by gently exfoliating the area.

04-11-2007, 10:06 PM
I have the exact same problem. I'm 20 now, but have been dealing with unwanted facial hair for years. I pluck every day because every day a new dark thick hair pops up either on the side of my face or my chin/neck, even my chest sometimes. In addition to those, regular darkish hairs grow on my upper lip, sideburns (encroaching on my cheeks), and chin. I just used Sally Hansen facial hair remover so I could attend a wedding looking my best. Hairs on my upper lip are already growing back a week later.

I'm not sure what constitutes excessive hair growth. I get it down my chest, around my belly button, my entire face (even very fine dark hairs all over my forehead and nose). I always just figured I was unluck and would have to deal with it until I can afford laser treatments. Does this sound something I should be concerned about? I didn't know this could be a sign of more serious problems.

What is your ethnic background? What about other women in your family, do they have the same problem? How many hairs are you tweezing per day?

04-11-2007, 10:13 PM
It can't permanently destroy all the hair at once, but proper treatment will cause most if not all of the hair to shed and allow a hair free period. Laser hair removal requires multiple treatments. The hair must be in the active growth phase to be affected. 3 treatments isn't likely, more like 5-8 to achieve 85% reduction.

04-12-2007, 10:44 AM
@ CHOICE , thanks for letting me know that! I was getting so nervous, thinking that I may have done something bad :D I keep forgetting about the different growth phases...

@JENTEALl, yes like Choice said, you will need more than one treatment in order to have a good success rate. But if you have hormone disorders, it may not work at all. Thats why she should consult with a doctor first , so they can test her hormone levels and everything else. The deal for my chin consists of unlimited treatments and maintenance so I can go as long as I need to.Everyone is different , so the number of treatments depends on the person and the area getting done. Make sure your friend checks the doctor's credentials and history and success rate with other patients before getting ANY treatment done.

04-15-2007, 10:09 PM
choice, I'm white (Irish, Dutch, German). The other women in my family all have lighter hair. My hair is dark auburn and the hairs on my face and chin are quite conspicuous, to me at least. I find one or two new ones a day (thick ones). It's probably nothing to worry about. This post just got me thinking...

04-26-2007, 07:10 AM
Alright guys!!! :wave: Since my last posting on 4/11, my chin area is practically smooth as a baby's bottom!! NO joke. I have been shaving the area as usual since the treatment, but this weekend , I noticed a reduction in the amount of hair I was shaving. On monday , while washing my face , i noticed a few hairs just come right out.Today , I took a washcloth and rubbed the majority if the hair right out of my chin!!! :eek: I was so happy !!!! :) I wish I couldve taken pictures of the area, but my camera on my phone sucks, lol. Anyway, the hair came out around the EXACT same time that the doctor said it would and I'm feeling confident that this make actually work for me , or at least get MOST of the hair off that area. If anybody has questions or anything you can email me at {REMOVED}[. :D . Ok good luck ladies !!

05-04-2007, 02:06 PM
I can definitely relate to you.. I'm 21 and my hair growth started when I was about 15... It is quite embarrassing... My friend is an esthetician and she told me that if electrolysis and laser hair were too expensive (which they were for me because I'm a full time student)... to shave... So.. I shave my face every day in the shower and nobody would ever know.... Just make sure to moisturize your face regularly so that you don't get bumps... So far, I've had success doing that.... The simple fact is that many women have beard growth of the same sort as men. And if the hair growth is hormonally driven, then shaving is the best answer. Have you ever tried a Norelco men's electric razor? That's what my wife has used for many years. She started shaving her moustache at 14 and has been shaving every day since she was 15. It's never bothered me that she shaves.

05-05-2007, 12:06 AM

Buy for about 60 dollars or less- a product caled X-elle -it's a lady's shaver-that's electronic..it goes over the face with a light and grabs the hairs and rips them out by the root leaving you clean of hairs for several weeks. Can find them in places like SEARS. check it out.