Ladies, if you’re plagued with facial “peach fuzz,” you’re not alone. Mine starts at the sideburns area and continues down my entire jaw line. (I swear if my peach fuzz were any thicker and darker, I could give an Elvis impersonator a run for his money.) And there’s no two ways about it: facial hair on a gal isn’t attractive – unless you’re Kitty Softpaws (Puss in Boots). So, in my quest for a fuzz-free, baby-smooth face, I researched the beauty world over, and here are my hair-raising findings…
What Is Facial “Peach Fuzz”?
Per Wikipedia, facial peach fuzz (Vellus hair) is short, fine, light-colored hair that usually has a blonde-ish, fuzzy appearance. Whether genetics or hormone related, some gals tend to have more than others. The most common places on the face include the sideburns/jaw region and upper lip area. So, while it’s totally normal (read: you don’t come from a long line of hairy cavemen) we gals want to be noticed for our eyes…not our facial fuzz. Well, the good news is you have a plethora of options to choose from.
Got It. How Do I Nix My Five O’Clock Shadow?
Over-the-counter: There are a slew of hair-removal creams offered (often called depilatories). This is certainly a cheaper option; however, sometimes these creams can be irritating if you have sensitive-prone skin. Results typically last three days, so you’ll need to use it routinely if you want to maintain a smooth mug. Nair Hair Remover Cream offers several different options, including one for sensitive skin.
Laser: If you’re looking for a more effective (and semi-permanent) option, laser is a strong contender. It’s certainly a bit pricier than over-the-counter creams, but will last for 6 to 12 months. Laser hair removal isn’t recommended for darker skin or super blonde hair, so if you fall into those categories you should consult with a specialist to see if you’re a candidate. Typically, it takes around six to nine laser treatments (spaced a month apart) to achieve hair-free status. Then it’s recommended to get a “touch-up” laser treatment once a year to keep the whiskers at bay. The price on laser treatments has come down in the past couple years and you can often find amazing package deals (e.g. six treatments for $900). Note: make certain you do your homework and find a recommended provider, ladies, as blistering (and even scarring) can occur if the specialist is inexperienced.
Electrolysis: This option provides permanent results, but can be a painful, long, and expensive option. What’s the advantage of this choice versus laser? Electrolysis can be used on anyone (regardless of skin or hair color) because it attacks the actual hair follicle (versus the hair pigment). However, it can be timely. Each and every follicle has to be treated and 15 to 30 sessions may be required (versus six or so for laser hair removal). Also, it’s more permanent. Laser reduces the hair count 40-80% (and you’ll need an annual touch-up or two), whereas electrolysis is totally permanent. Which is better? That entirely depends upon you, your skin type, your pain threshold, and your budget. Do your homework and weigh the pros and cons of both options. If you have dark skin or light hair, then it’s an easy choice as electrolysis is likely your only option.
Dermaplane: This procedure is one of my favorites. It’s a noninvasive facial that 86’s the dead skin cells (by “scraping” them away) and increases cellular turnover, leaving you with smooth, soft skin. And it provides an extra bonus in that it removes the fine hair on the face (ta, ta peach fuzz…hiya perfectly smooth skin). A Dermaplane facial runs around $150 a pop and will need to be done every couple of months to maintain hair-free status.
Threading: This hair removal technique has been around for centuries and has recently become a popular option. Basically, a thread is used on the face to force hairs out at the root. (I’ve seen this procedure in action and those threading specialists are like hair ninjas.). Although it sounds intense, it’s an easy, painless process. And as threading is such a precise procedure, it can be used on eyebrows, sideburns, lip, chin (and even fingers and toes). To maintain hair-free results, it’s recommended to do it every four to eight weeks (depending on your hair type).
Are You Sure It Won’t Grow Back Thicker And Courser?
The idea that your peach fuzz will grow back faster and thicker is a myth. Think about it: if this were true wouldn’t every bald guy you know constantly shave his head to encourage regrowth? Since you don’t make new hair follicles, you won’t have more hair growing back at a thicker rate. If you shave them, you’re simply cutting them at the surface level. And if you’re a plucker: when hairs are removed from the root, they tend to grow back finer over time. So, if you’re contemplating hair removal, let go of your Grizzly Adams fears and decide which option is best for you.
All this talk of peach fuzz reminds me of that childhood rhyme: Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear, Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair. Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t fuzzy, was he? Pick a fuzz-free option and go for it!