How to Get Rid of Unwanted Facial Hair


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Unwanted Facial Hair Removal Methods

There are many ways of removing unwanted facial hair, the comparison chart below giving all the options whilst showing just why our Epicare product is the best hair removal method for many.

Epicare®:

How it works - The Epicare removal threader consists of a spring that is made up of high quality steel coated with a hypoallergenic substance.  There are small handles on either end.  Just bend, twist and roll along the area where hair is to be removed.

Best for - Designed for facial hair removal including chin, cheeks and upper lip. Not appropriate for eyebrows.

How long it lasts - 2-3 weeks.

Possible side effects - Safe to use.  Easiest fastest way to remove facial hair. 

Pain - Considered less painful than plucking with a tweezer.

Can it be done at home - Yes.  Can be used anytime/anywhere. Achieving the same effects as threading at home

.Cost - Inexpensive.

Tweezing:

How it works - You pull out individual hairs by the root with tweezers.

Best for - Small areas of the face. Very useful for eyebrows or stray hairs on the face.

How long it lasts - 2-3 weeks.

Possible side effects - If the hair breaks off, it could grew back under the skin, causing ingrown hair.

Pain - Slightly painful. Tedious as hair has to be pulled out individually.

Can it be done at home - Yes

Cost - Inexpensive

Shaving:

How it works - Using a razor of electric shaver, you cut the hair very close to the skin.

Best for - Anywhere on the body, including the face, chin and lip.

How long it lasts - 1-3 days.

Possible side effects - Ingrown hairs.

Pain - Painless.

Can it be done at home - Yes.

Cost - Inexpensive.
 

Waxing:

How it works - A beautician spreads sticky wax on your skin, then covers it with cloth strips. When the wax dries, the strips are quickly pulled off, taking the hair with them.

Best for - Anywhere on the body, including the face, chin and lip.

How long it lasts - 3-6 weeks.

Possible side effects - Redness and bumps. You can also get an infection around the hair follicles. Hair has to be at least 1/4” long for the wax to grab it. May cause facial skin to sag over a period of time.

Pain - Painful.

Can it be done at home - Yes, although more successful if done by a professional practitioner for removing unwanted hair temporarily.

Cost - Inexpensive.

Laser:

How it works - A technician destroys the roots with strong beams of light. It is an almost permanent solution to removing facial hair but can be quite costly.

Best for - Anywhere on the body. More suitable for dark hair. It won’t work on white hair and doesn’t work that well on blonde hair either.

How long it lasts - You may need an average of 3-7 sessions to have permanent hair loss.

Possible side effects - Swelling or redness.  There’s also a chance of burning and scarring so it’s advisable to have laser treatments where there’s a doctor on hand.

Pain - Painful.

Can it be done at home - No, method done professionally.

Cost - Expensive.
 

Electrolysis:

How it works - A trained expert places a tiny needle inside each hair follicle to destroy the root with an electric current.

Best for - It takes a long time so it’s best for small areas of the face, including upper lip or chin.

How long it lasts - Typically, you will need treatments every 1-2 weeks until the hair is mostly gone.

Possible side effects - Redness, swelling and scarring.

Pain - Painful.

Can it be done at home - Typically, method done professionally although home use electrolysis units are available to purchase.

Cost - Very Expensive.
 

Over the Counter Creams & Depilatories:

How it works - Depilatory creams or lotions, a chemical dissolves hair at the skin’s surface.

Best for - Legs, underarms and bikini area.  There are special formulas for the face.

How long it lasts - Effects last a short term, often requires use every 2-3 days.

Possible side effects - Can cause damage to skin if the cream is left on too long.

Pain - Painless.

Can it be done at home - Yes, follow the directions carefully to avoid damage to the skin. The caustic ingredients cause skin irritation or even chemical burns.

Cost - Inexpensive.

Prescription Creams:

How it works - Daily use of prescription creams slow down how fast hairs grow back and make them grow in softer and finer.

Best for - Can be used on the face, including upper lip and chin.

How long it lasts - It’s often used daily together with laser or shaving.  Giving you more time between treatments.

Possible side effects - Can cause redness, rashes, burning and/or stinging. can also cause foliculitus. 

Pain - Painless.

Can it be done at home - Yes, follow the directions carefully.

Cost - Fairly inexpensive.

Sugaring:

How it works - Sugaring is a method of Epilation in which a sticky paste is applied to the skin.  Paper or cloth is then pressed into the preparation and pulled away quickly, removing hair at the root.

Best for - Anywhere on the body, including face, chin, upper lip.

How long it lasts - 3-6 weeks.

Possible side effects - Hairs can break off at or below surface.  Can cause skin irritation/infection. 

Pain - Moderately painful.

Can it be done at home - Yes.  Although more successful if done by a professional practitioner for removing unwanted hair temporarily.

Cost - Inexpensive.

Threading:

How it works - The practitioner uses cotton thread to trap a series of unwanted hairs and pull them from the skin.

Best for - Primarily used on facial hair, mostly eyebrows.

How long it lasts - 2-3 weeks.

Possible side effects - Can cause itching afterwards.  Skin irritation. 

Pain - Considered less painful than plucking with a tweezer.

Can it be done at home - No, method done by skilled practitioner.

Cost - Inexpensive
 

Bleaching:

How it works - This is not a hair removal method.  It changes the colour of the hair which helps camouflage it.  It involves applying a paste to the face.

Best for - Can be used on face, including upper lip, cheeks and chin. It won’t help for thick dark hair.

How long it lasts - 2-3 weeks maybe more.

Possible side effects - Can cause chemical burns. 

Pain - Painless.

Can it be done at home - Yes, but be careful as it can cause chemical burns.

Cost - Inexpensive.