Newbie journey

My next appointment is a few days out. Three semi coarse hairs recently appeared at the corner of my upper lip, but otherwise all growth has been thin dark hair that grows very slowly. Honestly that type of hair doesn’t bother me and I could live with it. My chin has around 20 coarse dark hairs total right now, vs in patches like before. They are very fast growing and need to be trimmed a couple times per day.

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It’s been two days since my 12th hour/24th session of electrolysis. I’m having a lot of pustules and scabbing, although I realized I used my regular anti-aging facial cleanser vs the typical post-treatment tea tree cleanser I’ve had some good results with which probably contributed.

If next month is similar or better than this past months growth I will feel like I’m finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. :pray: My photo of chin growth from March was around 2/3rds more than I had this month.

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Next appointment is tomorrow. Not too many hairs at all, there are two annoying thick ones on my upper lip—one on each side, plus a few thick ones in my chin, then the thin and medium ones are scattered about. Im booked for 30 minutes but wondering how she’ll fill the time since growth seems to finally be slowing. I’m coming up on 18 months in September.

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If you get through the full time, you might consider treating another area. Maybe a few brow hairs that are far outside your eyebrow shape. Some people do hairs that get ingrown, or hairs around the nipples. Be sure to use good pain management when trying a new area.

Andrea, my provider suggested this however I have decided once I am done with my face I will be done with electrolysis (until I get my menopause chin hairs :rofl:). There are other areas on my body for sure could benefit from electrolysis but they don’t bother me so much as the facial hair did. It would be good to get a few eyebrow hairs zapped here and there though. Since starting electrolysis I have spent so little time tweezing I let my brows grow to their natural shape (remember overtweezed brows of the 90s and 00s? That was me!) and they are pretty low maintenance.

Almost a week and a half ago was my 25th/30 min session putting me at 12.5 hours of electrolysis. She finished early and I had tweezed a few brow hairs prior so there wasn’t anything to clean up there with the extra time. My face redness cleared up within hours and pustules were minimal—two or three on my chin. We booked another half hour six weeks out (we had done two months of five weeks apart prior) and she believes soon we should reduce to 15 minute appointments. I decided I should start slipping my provider some extra money since I am coming less often because of her good work. :sweat_smile:

Anyone reading and thinking about starting (I read every treatment diary on here prior to starting and during the early months) I am telling you electrolysis works! It works slowly but it works!

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Sounds as if time to drop to 15 minute sessions is coming soon! Yay!

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Next session is a week out. (18months/13 hours). Hair is still growing in but I can sense now it’s lessening. Other than a few thicker ones they are all thin and slow growing. There are a few dark ones but it’s tolerable. I actually have not trimmed them a few times because makeup seems to make them invisible unless you are up close with a magnifying mirror, and no one is. One big positive of our spaced out sessions is my PIH seems to have lightened a lot since last session. I have used the silicone scar strips a few times to help raise some dents- I’ve been impressed with how well they work on helping skin texture!

I haven’t updated in a while, had my last session five weeks ago with one week left until my next. Didn’t use the full 30 minutes during my last, my provider is asking about moving to additional areas which I understand from a business standpoint, but I just want my face done—I couldn’t imagine doing another two years of electrolysis. I have very few hairs left, maybe four medium thickness dark hairs total and ten total thin dark chin hairs, and the darker peach fuzz keeps coming back on my upper lip but it’s patchy. I am enjoying the couple weeks of my PIH being very light now that I’m on a 6 week schedule, it would be great to move to 8 week so I could look even better. :slightly_smiling_face:

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Had another session yesterday putting me at 13.5 hours. I had one coarse chin hair pop up which was treated, and yesterday has a lot of the fine dark hairs near my nose done which was rough. I’m very scabbed over today and kinda feeling down in the dumps because despite all the progress that’s been made it feels like it will never be finished. At the rate we’ve been going I’ll finish two years soon and start a third. I am happy with the reduction but I’ve always envisioned there was an end and it doesn’t appear that way.

So it sounds like you have progressed well, even though you only had 13.5 hours of electrolysis in a span of 2 years. There are 17,520 hours in two years and you have made good progress with 13.5 hours of care.

The end comes, but may I underscore an important fact: You or your electrologist cannot STOP your hormonal body from stimulating NEW hair over your woman timeline, if you are one of those hormonally vulnerable women. You just have to stay on top of this, treat as new hair appears and accept that as an unpleasant first world problem. The good news is, as you treat hairs, you reduce the amount of hairs populating the area and may eventually run out of hair. You are born with a fixed amount of hair follicles. Your body cannot create more hair follicles.