Upper lip hair: what to do when it's not a milk mustache
During your teenage years and even into your 20s, you might find dark hair popping
up in the most unexpected and unwanted places on your face: your upper lip, your
chin, even on your neck. Some women let these hairs be. But if you decide that your
facial hair is excessive or particularly dark, you have some options.
First, you should talk to your Mom or another trusted adult about this issue. Chances
are they have been there before and can help you find the best method for you. Be
honest and ask a lot of questions. Some methods involve bleaching, so it’s something
you should think about before acting. It’s your pretty face we are talking about
here — it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Once you had a good chat with an adult, take a look at these methods below to help
get rid of lip hair. Remember: each of these methods are temporary and will need
to be repeated in one to two weeks.
Facial-hair bleach. This is a cream
or liquid that is applied to lighten the color of hair to make facial hair less
noticeable. Just remember, don't leave it on for more than the recommended time
period because you can risk burning your skin. A
depilatory. This is a cream that removes the hair. Just like facial-hair bleach,
it can burn and usually smells terrible. Waxing.
Waxing is where a sticky substance is spread across facial-hair with a strip of
heavy paper placed on top. Once the waxing strip of paper is removed, it pulls at
your facial-hair removing it from your skin. You can go to a beauty salon to get
waxed, or do it yourself (although waxing at home can be tricky — and messy).
For stray, randomly appearing hairs, tweezing is your best option. Be aware that
this option may cause ingrown hairs or folliculitis (acne-like bumps).
One thing you should do is leave the razors for the guys. Shaving your legs (with
a good shave gel and razor like Gillette® Satin Care and Venus razor) is fine, but
never put a razor to your face!
Other more expensive options to get rid of lip hair are electrolysis and laser hair
removal. These approaches can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars. If you decide
to have one of these procedures performed, be sure to talk to your parents and a
licensed practitioner for the best service. Inquire about the potential side effects
of these procedures. Just find the option that works best for you.
If the hair growth on your face or others parts of your body, like your chest, is
excessive and grows over a short period of time, consult a dermatologist to make
sure you don’t have an underlying medical condition causing this.
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