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how to remove downy (vellus) hair on face?


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#Post 1 of 31 OFFLINE   kmr85

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 02:27 AM

Short Version:

 

If you remove the fine, downy hairs from your face, how do you do it and what kind of results have you had?

 

 

 

Long Version:

 

Sorry if this has been covered, I searched the forum for "vellus" and got nothing.  I can be verbose when I don't care enough to edit, so I wrote an abridged version above.  XD

 

My entire lower face is covered with vellus hair.  It's *too much* where I would have sideburns if I was a guy.  Aside from the sideburn area, there's enough of it that it adds a little extra texture to my skin.  By thick I don't mean terminal hair - it's white and downy - there's just a lot of it!  (I have *lots of hair* everywhere - extremely thick hair on the head, I need tylenol 2's before brazilians, I shave my arms, etc)  I got carried away plucking an eyebrow and yanked out all the vellus hairs on my forehead, and was astounded by how much dewier my skin looks without it.

 

So how do I remove this hair from my entire face?  I'm looking for something I can do at home (no lasers, no threading) because I'm an unemployed recent graduate.

 

I don't want to Nair because I have relatively sensitive skin, and I can *never* get all the Nair off, which leads to a breakout. 

 

I don't want to shave because I don't want my husband to feel stubble on my face!  However, I shave my arms and that always grows back in fine - never stubble-y.  Would the hair on my face do the same?  I'm not eager to find out through trial and error and have to endure teasing from my husband if I have stubble!

 

I was going to get some soft wax, but I googled and was reading that waxing (and I'd assume also plucking, since it's the same end result - removing hair from the bulb) can cause vellus hair to "activate" and turn terminal.  I don't want man hair on my forehead!!!  (This is distinct from the "shaving will cause fine tapered hairs to grow back thick and blunt" advice - what I read was that irritation caused by removing thin, white, downy vellus hair can cause a thick, dark, terminal hair to grow back in its place, if your hormones/body are at all predisposed to growing facial hair.)

 

Does anyone remove the downy, white hair from their face?  How do you do it, and have you ever had dark, thick hairs grow as a probable result from this?

 

Please reply, I'm all grown up now and going on interviews, and I want to look my most polished!  I'm trying to go from scruffy nerd with a frizzy ponytail to a coiffed, competent-looking adult!



#Post 2 of 31 ONLINE   zadidoll

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 07:22 AM

Waxing would be your best option. No it will not cause the hair's texture to change when it grows back in, if that were the case then ALL women who wax would have men's beards. If this is something you still don't want to do then the best option would probably be laser as it will be a permanent procedure.



#Post 3 of 31 OFFLINE   kmr85

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 09:00 AM

Thanks for your help, I'll try waxing next time I get around to

 

I've got follow-up questions!

 

Are the products that I use after waxing my body ok to put on my face?  I have a tube of BikiniZone.  Is that ok?

 

I know not to wax if you use a Retin-A product (I don't).  I do use a salicylic acid product, should I refrain for a day or two before waxing my face?

 

 



#Post 4 of 31 OFFLINE   GirlyEnthusiast

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 09:19 AM

I have the ever-so-annoying peach fuzz on my face too. I never cared much about it until I realized how noticeable it was in the sunlight. I bought a NoNo about 8 months ago and it works very very well on my face. However it hasn't really helped to stop the re-growth (which it's supposed to do). After I use the NoNo, I lightly rub the buffer it came with over my face and it completely removes any left over hair that the NoNo didn't take off. Before dropping $200 on the NoNo you might just pickup the buffers they sell and see if that does the trick for you. They're only $7 on their website and you may even be able to find them cheaper somewhere. http://www.my-no-no....ers-2-Large.asp



#Post 5 of 31 ONLINE   zadidoll

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 09:29 AM

Originally Posted by kmr85 View Post

Thanks for your help, I'll try waxing next time I get around to

 

I've got follow-up questions!

 

Are the products that I use after waxing my body ok to put on my face?  I have a tube of BikiniZone.  Is that ok?

 

I know not to wax if you use a Retin-A product (I don't).  I do use a salicylic acid product, should I refrain for a day or two before waxing my face?

 

 

 

Refrain from anything like facial scrubs, peels, acne products a day or two before and after waxing. The other benefit of waxing is that some layers of dead skin will also come off. As for BikiniZone, I've never used that product so I don't know. It should be fine but when in doubt just get a facial waxing kit. If you have a Sally's Beauty supply near you there is a microwavable product by Gigi for under $4 for the face.

 

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I have the ever-so-annoying peach fuzz on my face too. I never cared much about it until I realized how noticeable it was in the sunlight. I bought a NoNo about 8 months ago and it works very very well on my face. However it hasn't really helped to stop the re-growth (which it's supposed to do). After I use the NoNo, I lightly rub the buffer it came with over my face and it completely removes any left over hair that the NoNo didn't take off. Before dropping $200 on the NoNo you might just pickup the buffers they sell and see if that does the trick for you. They're only $7 on their website and you may even be able to find them cheaper somewhere. http://www.my-no-no....ers-2-Large.asp

 

That's another great idea. I've seen NoNo used before but the price was too high for me. I might pick up those buffers as well to get rid of a few peach fuzz on my own face.

 

 



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Posted 17 November 2011 - 10:01 AM

I have a question, doesn't removing the peach fuzz cause the hair to grow back thicker and darker?


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Posted 17 November 2011 - 10:12 AM

No, that's one of those infamous beauty myths :)



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Posted 17 November 2011 - 10:14 AM

No. That is a myth. Again, think about this... if that were really the case then a vast majority of women would have men's beards. How thick your hair is established by your genes. The pro to constant waxing is that over time damage is done to the hair follicle which can result in that hair follicle from growing any more hair. 



#Post 9 of 31 OFFLINE   reesesilverstar

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 10:24 AM

Hmmm, interesting. 

 

Thanks


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Posted 17 November 2011 - 12:29 PM

 

Yeah, if that was true, I'd have a full beard by now :/

 

I have a NoNo.  It worked well on my legs.  I wouldn't try it again on my face because it burnt a little part of my upper lip and I can still see the 1mm scar it left.  Epilators don't seem to work on my legs, it leaves the little fine hairs.  The NoNo gets the fine hairs and the buffer takes the dead skin away too.  My leg hairs altho spare, have come in finer.  I'm sure you can just get those buffers from the dollar store without a NoNo but be carefull not to scrub too long.  It will damage the mantle of your skin and make you raw but its kinda sneaky.  


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Posted 17 November 2011 - 03:28 PM

Ever since I had plastic surgery on my face 15 or so years ago, I have an over abundance of soft white down, on my face.

 

To deal with it, I have been shaving my face once a month, ever since.

 

It does not grow back coarse or dark - exactly the same as what I shaved off.

 

By the way, it takes a month to grow back noticeably, not a couple of days like a man's beard would.

 

And on top of getting rid of the excess hair, I give my face a good exfoliation.

 

My advice to anyone that wants to try shaving - do a dry shave without any soap/shaving cream.

 

This way you shave exactly where you need and you are less likely to nick yourself.



#Post 12 of 31 OFFLINE   Annelle

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 04:45 PM

I'm not really sure how to explain this.  Here's a picture (There's a lot of random asian knock offs of the same basic deal, and I think some english versions too.)

 

It's basically like a spiral with two handles on it.  You bend it (so one side of the spiral is wider, and the other side is tighter) and as you roll it across your skin, the hair gets caught and tweezed out.  I think you can find it cheap on ebay or perhaps some asian gift stores.  It can't cause any sort of chemical burns cause it's just literally a spiral (it'd be the same thing as tweezing but since it's a ton of spirals it'll grab a bunch at once and you don't have to worry about actually seeing or finding individual hairs)

 

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 05:07 PM

Ok, did anyone else but me cringe at the site of that contraption?



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Posted 17 November 2011 - 05:46 PM


OMG I saw them selling this on the home shopping channel once.. even the host was like "oh that definitely has a slight sting doesn't it?" haha

 

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Ok, did anyone else but me cringe at the site of that contraption?



 



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Posted 17 November 2011 - 06:50 PM

Its a tight spring. I thought about getting one but I have an automatic tweezer for my upper lip.  That hurts too, but they all hurt, my face is more sensitive than the rest of me. 


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Posted 18 November 2011 - 07:58 PM

Everyone has the very fine, downy like peach fuzz hair on their face.

It is always most noticable in the sunlight, but mainly only to yourself when looking in a mirror or to the side along your cheek when you turn your head.

I would perhaps try bleaching it if its to dark...... if there is really too much of it to deal with, then I would try waxing.



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Posted 18 November 2011 - 08:00 PM

On some women, they are dark and long.  Lightening them would only make them stand out even more (more contrasting to skin tone).   Shaving, NoNo, epilation, waxing... they all work.


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#Post 18 of 31 OFFLINE   suddenlyshel

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 03:51 PM

Yeah, it would hurt SO MUCH to have that pull out your hairs.  I can only imagine!  It'd be like pulling out nose hairs, one by one!  Ouch!
 



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Posted 25 August 2012 - 03:52 PM

I was told laser removal is only $250...if that's true, that isn't bad at all.  And it's permanent.



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Posted 21 September 2012 - 07:47 AM

I had a major issue with hair growing in on my face. I use the Silk'n Flash & Go for the hair removal. I've been using this device for about 5 months now, and I rarely get any hair growing in anymore. I'm glad I invested in the Flash & Go because it is easy to do in my own home and much more convenient then going to get laser treatments.