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You have several options to decrease the appearance of facial hair. There are invisible beaching creams such as Invisi-Bleach and hair removal creams such as Nair. Depilatory creams dissolve the hair at the base of the follicle. They are ideal for widespread areas (like the legs), but can be problematic when used on the face because they irritate the skin and usually don't remove all of the hairs. On the plus side, depilatory creams are a relatively inexpensive option. On average, results will last for one to two weeks. A new product called Sheer Splendor claims to remove unwanted hair and stop the growth of new hair by chemically weakening the follicles until the hair simply stops growing back. (Note: we have not tested this products ourselves). Waxing really does make your hair grow in lighter over time because the wax gets into the hair follicle and pulls the hair from the root so it grows back less thick than when the shaft is shaved. Laser procedures can be permanent or can be used more as a "laser waxing," or temporary hair removal.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|