Hello, I’m new here.
My story goes something like this:
I’m a 23 year old female who has struggled with acne and facial hair through my entire teenage years (acne at 14, hair at 15). While the acne has improved with age the hair has not. In fact it’s gotten a little out of control. While I could easily shrug off the acne by simply ignoring the collective public whispers the addition of unwanted hair into the mix has crushed me.
The ultimate turning point for me happened one day on vacation when I was arguing to my parents that I did not wish to go to the beach or anywhere in public with this much hair on my face. My father then sat me down in the bathroom and shaved me. I felt like crying I was so ashamed. It was a quick solution but in the end the wrong one. I had to keep shaving because the hair only got worse and worse.
My mother advocated laser but after a consultation and my failing to show up for the appointment (out of fear that the technology was not sound), I collapsed into depression.
A year later my mother dragged me to this nice electrologist and I have begun treatment as of december 2005. It felt euphoric that finally there was a solution to this problem. I go there weekly. At first it took about 2 hours to clear the hair on my chin and neck for the first month but we’re down to one hour once week. My skin is very very pale and the hairs a multitude of dark, medium, and light. They’re all super strong and thick from the shaving. I’ve been religiously going to the electrologist for 3 months now.
But the hair keeps coming back with no noticeable change. My mind fills with questions of ‘how long should this take?’ and whether or not I’m just throwing money at the problem. My mother is very supportive and I keep going anyway.
I’ve been poking around the forums and I hear that it could take up to a year to clear the problem completely. Quite honestly I’m shocked. I thought it would take four months at most. As a university drop out (financial reasons) I work retail and I don’t make a lot of money. All I can tell myself is: keep going, keep going.
Coping with hair on my face isn’t easy. No one says anything out of polite silence. It’s the unspoken topic but I know they know (especially my family) and it wounds me more than anything. My boyfriend of 5 years hasn’t said ANYTHING about it until I recently built up the courage and was fianally ready to confront him about it. I guess that’s true love huh?
If anyone wishes to share their feelings alongside mine, please don’t hesitate.