Help me get rid of my excess facial hair. Please.
July 5, 2010 10:42 AM Subscribe
Hey you drag queens, male-to-female transitioning transpeople, and women with PCOS: How do you handle your facial hair?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (16 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a woman with elevated male hormone levels. I've been tested for PCOS, and even though i have a similar hormone profile, i don't have that syndrome. I see an endocrinologist, and I'm on drugs that bring more hormone levels down to normal, but i still have a lot of thick black facial hair on my chin, jawline, and neck (its the texture and density of a man's beard.). I have hair that is finer, but but still dark, on my cheeks and upper lip.
Tweezing is insanely time consuming with this much hair, and leaves my skin mangled with ingrowns. Waxing gives me major ingrowns, and requires me to 'grow the hair out' a bit, which is totally untenable. . Depilatory creams aren't strong enough to get rid of the coarse hair. Shaving leaves my skin stubbly by later in the day. I tried laser hair removal a few years ago, but it didn't work. (I found out later that it doesn't work if hormones are causing the hair growth.) I'm out of ideas, and i want to feel pretty and feminine and not scared to have anyone touch my face or see me first thing in the morning. (So, basically, i can't have a sleepover with a guy i'm dating - because they'd wake up with a girl with the beginning of a beard.)
So, what haven't i thought of? What can i do? Please hope me.