I’m an eighteen year old woman who will live in Los Angeles later this year. I don’t have EXTREMELY dense hair, but it is quite dark and VERY visible. During summer if I want to wear shorts I have to shave legs twice a day, and forget about bikinis or halter tops, or sleeveless ones since under my arms is quite visible even after shaving. I’ve tried depilatories, but because my hair is quite thick, it’s been mostly ineffective. The hair just stays there and grows back quickly. Even after shaving, the hair underneath the skin is visible. Waxing is unbelievably painful. Bleaching my face only lasts four to five days.
I am getting really desperate and depressed about this. I think my skin is a IV or maybe even V (4 or 5) on the Fitzpatrick chart, so that probably rules out laser work, huh? My legs are in a constant state of irritation and redness from too much shaving and I can’t even change shirts comfortably in front of other people.
Is there any laser-like or mostly permanent safe and effective solution for people with darker skin? All of this is driving me insane. Even treatment which just made the hair much finer would help.