I’ve been lurking around this forum for some time now and I feel now is the time to actually do something about my facial hair.
I have had facial hair since the age of 13. At that time, I was able to control it by either plucking or trimming it because it wasn’t very numerous or dark. I tried electrolysis around the age of 20 and while I loved leaving the office with no hair and not having to do anything in between visits, I feel it wasn’t effective long term. I started using depilitories after that because by then the hair was more numerous. It was on the uppper lip and “sideburn” area as well as my neck. I have hair on my entire body but I shave what I can of it. I’ve had my hormone levels checked and have seen an endocrinologist and even tried spiro(can’t remember how to spell it). Nothing worked. The hair even seemed to grow back faster with the spiro so I stopped taking it.
I am now 36 and I believe I am starting perimenopause. The hairs on my face are much more numerous and dark. It is the whole sideburn area and side of my cheeks to just before my mouth. Some of them are lighter but there are a lot of dark ones and they are long, not short peach fuzz kind. I have a consult with a plastic surgery office for laser this week.
I’m looking for opinions on what to do. I’ve read about many people having induced growth from laser so I am very nervous about it. But, since I tried the electrolysis before and I don’t think it worked I’m not sure about going that route again. Also there are a lot of hairs so it would take quite a while. I was thinking about doing what I currently do which is using a depilitory and try adding vaniqua.
Ideally, I want something that will last a long time, but I know there is no magic cure. I just don’t want to look like a circus carny for the rest of my life.