Facial Hair Removal: Understanding Your Options
Learn how the different forms of hair removal can help you get rid of those pesky whiskers -- on your terms
Yes, we know that there's a strong contingent of women out there who resent the fact that society wants to dictate what's acceptable and what's not when it comes to their facial hair, but be that as it may, as a woman in America, having facial hair is not considered a good thing -- for now anyway.
And, unfortunately, because of the stigma sometimes associated with facial hair, you can become self-conscious, suffer from self-esteem issues and/or become reluctant to enter into a romantic relationship. But, don't despair! First of all, you're not alone. 10 percent of American women contend with facial hair removal two or more times a week. Plus, we're lucky to live in a time when hair removal options abound. Trust us, Laura Ingalls was not nearly as fortunate.
So, let's get proactive and see what your best options are. As with solving any problem, the first thing to do is suss out the root cause -- you want to be sure that your hair growth doesn't signal a medical issue that needs to be addressed. Once anything serious has been ruled out, you can get to tackling the problem head on. To that end, we've brought in the big guns. We consulted with dermatologists Dr. Heidi Waldorf and Dr. Arielle Kauvar to find out the best ways to combat excessive facial hair and learn all about the hair removal options available today. (Psst … we also have some hints from famed etiquette expert, Lizzie Post, about how to, gently, tell a friend that she may want to consider some of these hair removal options.)
Anxious to get plucking? OK, maybe not the best choice of words, but let's begin.
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