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Alright, ladies, it’s time to be honest, does anyone else ever get a little mustache or peach fuzz on their chin? Girl, you are not alone! Many women have at least a little facial hair for one reason or another. No matter how small, noticeable facial hair can make us feel a little like the bearded lady. So the important question is to answer is what do we do about this problem? Many women aren’t sure if the answer is to wax, buff, or use facial hair bleach.

Unfortunately, there is no one right answer— it’s a matter of preference. We’ll explain each method and provide you with the pros and cons so you can decide for yourself. You’ll find out which one we recommend and which one we definitely do NOT recommend.

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Facial Hair Bleach

WHAT IS FACIAL HAIR BLEACH?

We call facial hair bleach a hair removal method, but it doesn’t actually remove any hair. What it actually does is removes dark pigment colors in the hair to color it to a light shade of blonde. The hair becomes less noticeable when it’s blonde. It’s still there but no one can see it unless they look really close. It’s a good option for people who don’t like the look of their facial hair but don’t mind the feel of it.
 
Bleaching lasts about 2-4 weeks, depending on how thick the hair is and how fast it grows.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Mix the bleach apply it to the facial hair. Let it sit for about 10 minutes. Rinse off with cold water. The whole process is a lot like coloring hair.

FACIAL HAIR BLEACH PROS 

  • It’s fast — it shouldn’t take any longer than about 15 minutes.
  • You don’t need an appointment to do it and can even do it yourself.
  • It’s simple and easy.
  • You avoid some hair removal risks. (Pain, ingrown hairs, razor bumps, bruising, etc.)
  • Available at drugstores or online for an affordable price.

FACIAL HAIR BLEACH CONS

  • You won’t get a smooth and hairless surface.
  • The hair will be especially noticeable if you’re in the sun or a bright room.
  • Not all skin and hair types will benefit. If you have darker skin, the hair can actually become more noticeable.
  • The results don’t last long.
  • It can temporarily lighten darker skin tones.

SIDE EFFECTS OF FACIAL HAIR BLEACH 

  • Allergic reactions sometimes occur.
  • Skin irritation — your skin might burn if it’s left on too long.
  • Red & watery eyes from the odors
  • Permanent discoloration

There are many types of facial hair bleach out there. This one has aloe vera in it

Waxing Facial Hair

HOW DOES IT WORK? 

Waxing facial hair eliminates it from the root by placing wax on the area and removing it. It is actually the most common method of removing unwanted hair

WAXING PROS

  • It can leave your face smooth and free of hair for a couple of weeks.
  • It removes the entire hair shaft. The hair grows back naturally and is free from stubble.
  • Can last up to two weeks or more
  • It’s very precise so it’s ideal for small areas on the face.
  • Regular waxing reduces hair growth over time because waxing damages the hair follicle.
  • You can do it yourself if you want to, like with this awesome at-home waxing kit.

WAXING CONS

  • It can hurt! The skin on the face is delicate and the upper layer of skin is actually removed when waxing.
  • Waxing your face too often can lead to red bumps and redness.
  • Improper usage can lead to skin irritation, skin burns, skin infection, skin disease and allergic reactions.
  • There’s not a guarantee that you’re going to remove all the hair the first time you wax the area.
  • It could lead to pimples and face rashes, ingrown hairs, and skin discoloration.
  • Re-growth of the hair can be itchy.

Buffing Facial Hair

WHAT IS IT?

Buffing hair away was actually popular during WWII because razors were rationed. So, women resulted to “sandpapering” their legs. Buffing actually is not recommended for facial hair, so this is not a method that we recommend for the face. However, it’s worth mentioning, because some still use this method on their legs.

HOW DOES IT WORK? 

You want to start with clean and dry skin — do not use any creams or lotions. You also want to make sure that the hair you’re removing is no longer than a 1/4 inch in length. Then you pull your skin taut with one hand and with the other, take a dry mitt, pumice stone, or sandpaper to the skin. Gently buff your skin in circular motions (do NOT go up and down). Continue this until the hair is removed, then move on to the next section of hair. After, rub lotion into your skin to moisturize and soothe it.

BUFFING PROS 

BUFFING CONS 

  • Your skin may turn white as you’re exfoliating the top layer of skin cells with the buffer.
  • It only removes the hair at the surface.
  • Results can last a few days, or even as little as a few hours.
  • Rubbing too hard will be painful and will make your skin raw.

So What Should I do?

Unfortunately, we can’t say that any one option is better than the other. If we had to choose, we’d suggest waxing unwanted facial hair and then shave when the hair starts to come back. Definitely, do not buff your face, but it is always an option on the legs if you choose to do that.

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