As I've grown older, I have developed chin hairs that look like whiskers as most women do. Since I've turned 50 and am entering menopause, the problem has gotten A LOT worse. I try to keep up by plucking. But if I get a glimpse in my sun visor mirror in my car when the sunlight is just right....YIKES!!
I have considered waxing. I am not very good about staying on a schedule with things like that, though. I've also given depilatories some thought.
My question is this....with waxing or depilatories....when the hairs grow back, do they look like beard stubble?? Or is it soft and fine? I've seen a few women over the years who look like they literally shave and have a beard-like stubble and I do NOT want to look like that. I'd prefer not to keep plucking because it seems like it's a losing battle. I also don't want to remove it all because some hair on the face is natural, just not the stiff bristly ones.
Any input appreciated! Thanks!
10-03-2013, 03:22 PM
Sorry, I don't have an answer for you. I'm mainly posting so I can see what others say because I have 3 pesky hairs (one on left cheek, one under chin, and one on the middle of neck) that always come back after I pluck them.
10-03-2013, 03:56 PM
AHh you have manly beardy hairs too! SO ANNOYING! Do you ever get a surprise new one that has been allowed to just grow without being noticed? Yeah hate that. LOL
LOL. Mine keep multiplying! Started with two, and now...yeah. I pluck obsessively, but waxing works really well when I can actually get to the salon. But, I have not noticed that waxing ever makes them finer, but it does not make them worse. As for a depilatory, I am not comfortable with chemicals on my face like that.
10-03-2013, 04:39 PM
I use a metal coil. It works great for chin hairs. I bought it at amazon. It's the R.E.M spring facial hair remover. It's a very simple product, but took a little while to get the hang of the right angle to get it to work. There were helpful videos on youtube.
10-03-2013, 04:39 PM
If you don't want to remove all of the hairs, plucking (by tweezers or threading) is pretty much your only option, I would think.
I have a few chin and moustache hairs, but most of my unwanted facial hair grows between my eyebrows. My actual eyebrow hairs are much darker, so it doesn't create a unibrow effect so much as a little white furry caterpillar sitting between brownish blonde eyebrows (which I do pluck to shape).
It's not noticeable from a distance, but up close it looks ridiculous.
I am not good at eyebrow shaping, but I used a tip I found in a woman's magazine. I got my eyebrows waxed from a salon and then plucked myself every few days to maintain the shape. That was over 10 years ago (for my wedding) and I've been plucking at least twice a week ever since. When the middle-age whiskers started turning up, I just started plucking them too.
I find that it's a lot easier and less painful to pluck a couple every 2-3 days than to pluck 30 or 40 once a month.
I personally find waxing and depilatories both hurt a lot more than plucking, because the irritation from plucking lasts a couple minutes at most, but waxing and depilatories leave my skin red, sore and itchy for days. With depilatories it's almost like a burn (and sometimes leaves hairs behind - but it's always the wrong ones. The fair, fine hairs are removed, but the thick, coarse ones remain - and that's just on my legs).
I've never used a depilatory on my face, because using it on my legs was such a disaster. It felt worse than razor burn. Not to mention the lovely fuchsia color (about a day) that faded to rosy pink for the next couple of days.
10-03-2013, 04:58 PM
Thanks for the replies ladies! Appreciate hearing how others are handling it.
10-04-2013, 02:54 PM
I actually like electric tweezers for the chin hairs, it doesn't work so well for me for the lip though, I fear snagging my lips.
I'm not sure about the stubble issue because generally I just do a sweep in the AM or PM before I go to bed, to catch any new hairs. The "Twe-eeze" that I bought are almost better at grabbing hairs than I am. My fingers get tired when using real tweezers. My face is NEVER as smooth as it was the one time I paid to have it professionally waxed. But even they had issues, my hair is uber coarse and annoying.
Honestly if I lived closer to city (ei didn't have to pay for a plane ticket. ) I would pony up the money for electrolysis. A year of regular treatments and then ocasional touchups vs, the almost daily maintenance I have to do to stay looking "feminine" would be totally worth it to me.
10-08-2013, 09:45 AM
For chin hairs I pluck them, I only have 2-3. For the lips I wax. My eyebrows I get them threaded. I don't use chemicals because my skin is too sensitive for it.
10-08-2013, 10:38 AM
10-08-2013, 05:48 PM
I've gotten in a vicious cycle. I can't stand them long enough to let them grow to a point that they can be waxed, so I got a little buzzer (the kind you see on tv that looks kind of like a pen) and I buzz over any problem areas every couple days. I tried nair years ago, never again!
10-08-2013, 06:07 PM
so i had some dark fuzz on my upper lip and had some "overgrown" side burns when i was younger. i bit the bullet and got lazer hair removal. best decision ever. i was less self conscious of wearing my hair back, and i felt better overall.
it's been just over ten years, and i would say 90% of the hair is gone. i go back once or twice a year for "maintenance". keeps it in check.
i was 19 when i got this done, so no major hormone changes...not sure if that decreases the efficacy of laser.
10-10-2013, 12:06 PM
I don't have the coarse hair but rather fine 1/4" to 1/2" fuzz all over the place, especially along the side of my cheeks to the hairline. I'm blond (graying) so it's not "manly" but it bugs me. I have a few mustache area hairs that are darker in color that I pluck no problem, but when I inquired about laser for the fuzz, they said it doesn't work on blond and especially the fine downy hair. Grrr.
10-10-2013, 05:50 PM
Mine aren't as bad as they were 48 pounds ago. A side benefit of losing weight?!?!?!
10-12-2013, 06:29 PM
I just remove it all with my Braun Silk epil epilator. I even use it on my face (chin, sides of face, upper lip BUT NOT eyebrows). I have the older model that's light blue (I only saw newer models on Amazon). It stings a bit while the hair is being removed but then nothing at all, and you're left with silky smooth skin.
carebearx3, I've noticed I've never had excess facial and body hair issues until after my weight got over the 200s. I haven't officially been diagnosed with PCOS but I have a feeling that might be a factor here because my periods haven't been normal either until I recently started losing weight and my period started full-force (sorry, TMI).
10-27-2013, 11:56 PM
I strolled in here, looking for a thread on this subject.
I've been getting my eyebrows waxed about 4 times a year for awhile and I don't have a problem with it.
But now, I'm getting this "mustache" AACCKKK! And sideburns! What the heck?:dizzy:
Starting to look like Sasquatch!
So after reading the thread, and doing some internet research, and checking out the self waxing stuff at Wal-Mart.
I'm going to go consult with my beautician, that does my brows, and hair and see what see has to say. She's been in the business a long time, and if she feels it's ok, she'll tell me. If she thinks it's not good fit for me, she'll tell me.
My preference, just mine, would be to wax it every 6-8 weeks and carry on.
It really bugs me because my Mother, has facial hair that would scare most men, and she's like, "well, I'm old, who cares?" Mother! You're scary! Inch long hairs, lots of them, Willy Nilly! Her facial hair is right up there with the guys on Duck Dynasty!
I understand, you're 76 and not out all hot to trot chasing a man, but jeeze! Quit scaring the great grandkids!
10-28-2013, 04:54 PM
I got one of the little hair buzzer things and use that. I HATE the whole facial hair crap. :( It makes me feel so not girly.
I have a lot of body hair though, too. I hate it. I'm so self conscious about it.
10-29-2013, 12:27 PM
I pluck my chin hairs but I don't get very many. Maybe 10 or so. I think it's a combination of heredity and hormonal. I have heard that those who have PCOS get it the worst. For my legs, I use an Emjoi epilator that I bought on Amazon. I got the red one. It works well and does not hurt as much as some of the older epilators did. I get much less leg hair now than I did before. I don't know how it would work on facial hair. It might be very irritating to the skin. If I had heavier facial hair and was desperate for a solution I would try it. I also wonder about that NO NO that I see advertised for laser hair removal. I don't know of anyone who has used it. Maybe you could read the online reviews. People who tried it and it didn't work will usually be honest about it.
10-31-2013, 08:41 AM
I've had a lot of laser and it was totally worth it.
Estrogen and progestin birth control pills and a drug called Spironolactone both reduce acne and facial hair in some women. An endocrinologist can tell you if these drugs might help you. Many general practitioners don't know about or prescribe Spironolactone.
11-24-2013, 06:39 PM
Wow a thread after my own heart....so I'm not the only one with facial hair.
I can remember about 30 years ago watching my aunt tweeze her chin hairs and now I'm doing it. I was looking on youtube for a remedy a few months ago and saw a lot of options.
I have lots of chin hair and some of them are now gray. I also have a mustache. I tweeze my chin hairs a couple of times a week.. I keep a pair of tweezers in my lipstick case
and when I'm in my car and no one is around I tweeze. The daylight sitting in the car is the best. LOL
For my lip I've just started using Oil of Olay facial hair remover. In my opinion It's an expensive version or nair *($21) *which I use to use on my legs about 30 years ago. It does an okay job. I bought the one for fine to medium hair.
If i buy it again I may get the one for coarse hair because this one leaves a few hairs behind
One thing I know for sure is this. I take Biotin which is a supplement that is for your skin hair and nails qnd let me tell you it works great. HOWEVER I noticed I was getting more and more chin hairs I couldn't keep up with the tweezing so I cut down on the dosage. It's much better now.
11-24-2013, 06:51 PM
In my 20s I went to an electrologist and had my eyebrows shaped and some dark hairs on my upper lip removed. Now that I am in menopause, the upper lip and chin hairs have started; I bought a series of laser treatments on Groupon; now I only get hairs on the very edges of my upper lip, but I still get the occasionaly chin hair. I keep tweezers in my car and often "check and pluck" when I get into the car. The lighted visor mirror and the sun seem to help accentuate the hairs.
Has anyone noticed WHITE, almost translucent hairs on your chin? Mine seem more like plastic than hair.
11-24-2013, 06:57 PM
I get those plastic hairs, EasySpirit. I can find them by touch.
I also get lots of dark hairs on and under my chin and underneath my jawline. Those I tweeze, upper lip/eyebrows I wax at home. I have tried facial Nair but too often it misses hair.
11-26-2013, 03:10 PM
I've got a blonde mustache and a fair amount of chin hairs, so like RavenWolf & Wannabehealthy, I use an electric epilator—the Emjoi red one. It is SO much easier than plucking by hand, doing waxes, or using hair-removal cream, there's no comparison! And it works great on other parts of the body, too. I love it because now I don't worry about having hair there or obsess about needing to pluck a stubborn one: I just run my Emjoi over that area, and the problem is solved.
In case you're wondering if the hair plucker is painful on like your upper lip: it is a bit the first few times you use it, but after that, the hairs are not so deeply rooted, and it just feels like a prickly sensation—no big deal. And I personally have had no problem with it irritating my skin: just a little redness after using, which quickly fades.
2feelbetter— How much Biotin do you take per day? I tried it a few years ago, but it didn't help with my thinning head hair. Now I'm wondering if I wasn't taking enough...
By the way, just being fat causes more facial hair. You don't have to have a hormone disturbance or anything. The reason why is that your body's natural estrogen gets converted to a compound called "estrone" in your fat cells. Estrone is a so-called "androgenic" hormone, which means it mimics testosterone in some of its effects, the same way androgens in men cause them to grow facial hair. The more fat cells you have, and the bigger the ones you have, the more estrone gets produced, and hence the more hair on your face. I have observed that when I'm thinner (big-time yo-yo dieter here), I have fewer hairs on my face, and the ones I do have are finer.
11-26-2013, 04:01 PM
I used to pluck just my eyebrows, and occasionally the few hairs that would grow under my chin. Luckily, for me, I have light hair on my face. After awhile I noticed that I got more hair on my upper lip and chin because when I was plucking the hair I didn't always get the root.
I now recommend waxing, and do it myself. Its very easy if you know what you are doing, if you are comfortable with it. I use a kit that I pick up at walmart. It works great and keeps the hairs away for months. In the beginning I used to go to a cheap mall salon and have my lip, eyebrows, and chin, waxed. You can usually get more areas waxed for a cheaper price and it lasts a long time.
Whatever you don't shave any of it. My mil did that more than 10 years ago. She now has to actually shave every other day or she gets noticeable 5 o clock stubble. When I had only a few hairs, and had hormones, I used to be able to get away with using a bleach kit and just bleaching the hair. I don't recommend using a product like nair or neet on your face. It seems to make your upper lip sweat for several days, the hair grows back in darker, you can have an allergy, and the results aren't as reliable as waxing.
11-27-2013, 06:59 PM
fiona wó How much Biotin do you take per day? I tried it a few years ago, but it didn't help with my thinning head hair. Now I'm wondering if I wasn't taking enough...
I buy the 5,000 mcg dosage and take one a day. It's made my hair longer not thicker. That and the aphogee hair shampoo products I use. It takes a few months before you notice it but I noticed a difference in my sister's hair and she started taking it a few months ago.
12-02-2013, 02:32 AM
Last November I bought an at home laser hair removal machine called Silk'n Sensepil. I bought it on eBay used for $150 and it came with 3 cartridges. I used the machine on my chin, lips, sideburns and arms every two weeks and the hair was completely gone within eight weeks. After that I used the machine once a month for maintenance. I ran out of cartridges in August and didn't feel like buying more (they are expensive at $30 a piece). The hair took two months to grow back but it's not as thick and there isn't as much hair as there was before. I'm going to buy 3 more cartridges this week and start over with the treatments. This time I'm going to do my legs too. The Silk'n Sensepil is a miracle. The machine stings a little bit while you use it but it doesn't hurt like waxing, plucking or professional laser hair removal. It takes around 20 minutes to complete my entire face and arms but that's only once a month and in the comfort of my own home. Even though it is expensive, it's still cheaper than professional laser hair removal.
Here's the link if you want to take a look: http://www.amazon.com/Silkn-SensEpil-Hair-Removal-COMBO/dp/B0039C6AS2
12-03-2013, 06:01 PM
Has anyone tried the NoNo advertised on TV? I am interested if anyone has because I get little pesky whiskers, some chin hair too. Thank you.
12-04-2013, 07:46 AM
Has anyone tried the NoNo advertised on TV? I am interested if anyone has because I get little pesky whiskers, some chin hair too. Thank you.
I haven't but take a look on youtube.
01-09-2014, 06:09 PM
I pluck, pretty much every single night. I wax once in a while, I use these great strips that you can cut down to any size you need, so when I need to do bikini touch-ups or my upper lip, I'll do my chin, also.
Every year, more whiskers. :(
01-10-2014, 12:16 AM
I wax. Every 8 weeks with my cosmo.
Eyebrows, mustache and the side burns!
It really does not hurt all that much, and I get me time.:D
01-10-2014, 12:22 AM
I'm sure i wrote a long post about laser hair removal a few days ago. I can't see it now. Anyway this i think is the best solution. Its not completely permanent but its very good and even though not cheap, i would say well worth it for something like this. I had bikini line done and it has never fully grown back. I just pluck out the excess now.
Its worthwhile reading up on the hair growth cycle, of women's chins before you decided to follow a recommended treatment regime. Just to make sure you don't get over treated and overcharged. It may not be easy info to find. I learned about it most from a medical library but that was quite a few years ago now.
IN the past this approach was only for hairs with pigment. so not good for grey or blonde hairs.