If you are a woman and have unwanted hair on your face, you are certainly not alone. You might be surprised to know that 40% of women have some type of hair on their face. The term for excessive facial hair is Hypertrichosis. If you are an African American woman or a woman with darker skin, you might have noticed the hair on your face is even darker and more pervasive, and you want a solution.
Black women tend to have darker more coarse hair on the face and can often present similar to that of a man. Facial hair on black women tends to be problematic because it leads to ingrown hairs (pseudofolliculitis barbae) and dark discolorations on the skin (post-inflammatory Hyperpigmentation). There are many factors that can cause facial hair growth. In most cases it’s hereditary, but there also might be underlying conditions such as PCOS, or polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Options for Facial Hair Removal
For many of our patients dealing with these issues, hair removal is a must. There are many choices:
- Common Hair Removal Methods: These include plucking/waxing/threading, shaving, cutting and depilatory creams, and sugaring. All these methods can irritate the skin and are tedious, short term, and lead to bumps, ingrown hairs and dark spots.
- Electrolysis: This method destroys the growth center of the hair using electric current. A fine probe is inserted into the hair follicle before the hair is removed with tweezers. Electrolysis allows for permanent hair removal, but the process is tedious. Administrators of the treatment have to treat each individual follicle with electric current. Each treatment takes 30 minutes to an hour and takes many treatments to stop the hair growth.
- Laser Hair Removal: This is also an option for permanent hair removal and the option we use at WIFH. Although laser hair removal takes 8 treatments at 6-week intervals for the best results, you will see a reduction in hair after every treatment and will enjoy less hair in your treated areas immediately. Laser hair removal uses heat energy that is attracted to the color found in your hair. The color in your hair absorbs the heat, and the laser energy enters the hair follicle, destroying its ability to produce hair. When we perform laser hair removal, we permanently reduce the number of hair follicles you have and their ability to produce hair.
Facial Laser Hair Removal at WIFH
At WIFH 40% of our patients have darker skin tones, representing 52 different nationalities. We have safely been treating all skin types for the last fifteen years. In fact we have patients that travel to see us for their laser hair removal treatments from all over the country because of our expertise.
With laser hair removal, we are able to successfully help our patients with darker skin see a reduction in the amount of hair they have, eliminate the bumps as well as the discoloration caused by the ingrown hairs. You will see results in just a couple of weeks following your very first treatment! See more information about laser hair removal for dark skin types.