Attack of the stubble monster
April 19, 2010 8:40 AM Subscribe
Why is my leg hair growing in so quickly now, and how can I stop or curb it?
posted by anonymous to clothing, beauty, & fashion (15 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I went off the pill about 9 months ago for health reasons (high blood pressure) and also moved to a new city, and am just now noticing that my leg hair is growing like crazy. There is almost always stubble, no matter what I do. I can shave, and there will be stubble an hour later. I am extremely pale and I have dark hair, so there is always the "dark hair lurking under the surface" shadow but this is actual stubble.
Using a new razor doesn't help, using a different brand doesn't help (I've tried Venus and Quattro), using different shaving cream doesn't help. Varying the water temperature doesn't help. Using a depilatory cream doesn't work - it doesn't remove the hair well enough, even if I leave it on for the entire allowed time, and so I still have stubble. Does this relate to hard water, maybe? Does it relate to the fact that I am off the pill? Is it because I'm aging? My other body hair seems to be growing faster too, even on my head.
The stubble is concentrated mostly on my shins, if that means anything. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to make it go away. I have not changed my shaving technique at all (and I've been shaving my legs for over 15 years and this was never a problem before).
Do I need to try waxing next? I'm open to it (I don't really mind pain; I used to do my armpits and eyebrows, but stopped because I'm cheap) and I imagine leg hurts more but I'm ok with that. But I'm afraid I'll pay a bunch of money and it will grow back in 3 days or something. Even a week isn't good enough at that point, since I can't afford to go once a week to get my legs waxed. Should I try laser hair removal instead of waxing? Is that more bang for my buck and more likely to just make this problem disappear for a very long time?
Is this a medical question for my doctor? I don't have any other symptoms of PCOS and although I have health problems their trajectory is completely unrelated to this surge in body hair. I get regular blood tests and physicals and nothing has changed in the past three years. I do not think this is a medical issue.
Not having leg hair is important to me personally. I am not doing this to please anyone but myself. I usually wear long pants. But I still want to remove my leg hair and not be left with stubble immediately after I shave. I might as well just grow it out all the way (and would if it didn't bug me so much).