As a woman, facial hair is more than just a bother – it can be embarrassing for you and can be a problem to remove without ending up with acne or tiny cuts all over your skin. You may find yourself at a loss for a way to always feel comfortable in your skin. But don't consign yourself to forever wearing a face mask in public; if you're looking for a more permanent solution to get rid of unwanted facial hair, then here's what you need to know about electrolysis.
Since it's only recently gained enough traction to become a household name, there's a good chance you won't know exactly what electrolysis entails. Simply put, a licensed aesthetician will insert a thin metal probe into one of your hair follicles, send a (very) low level of electric current through the probe, and destroy the growth center of the follicle, making it impossible for hair to grow there ever again. This process is repeated over and over again until either your session finishes or until all the unwanted hair has been removed from the area.
Electrolysis is like the cool older brother of laser hair removal; sure, they're similar in that they get rid of unwanted hair, but electrolysis just does everything so much better. It's permanent, its only side effect is mild swelling, and it works on every hair/skin combination imaginable – yes, even light hair on fair skin. Because it's so precise, it's also ideal for small areas like your face, which takes a smaller amount of time to treat than bigger areas like your back or legs. And if you're worried about pain, don't be – technology has advanced to the point that the current that the probe releases just feels like a mild tingle.
Things to Consider
Like anything else in life, however, electrolysis isn't perfect. You'll have to go in for several sessions before all the hair is removed, and your skin will probably swell up temporarily after each session. Ultimately, on you can decide what's best for you, but electrolysis is a good way to get the hairless face you want. Talk to your local aestheticians or dermatologists for recommendations of specialists in your area, and make sure to mention any concerns you have; they'll be able to address your specific questions and put you further along the road to a hair-free tomorrow.