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best way to get rid of unwanted facial hair and keep it away

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What is the best way to get rid of unwanted facial hair and keep it away? Also, what would be the approx. expense?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Nurse Milli, RN replied 6 years ago.

Hi there


Once hair becomes course or Terminal tweezing or waxing is the only way to remove it unless you consider laser hair removal. The cream you are referring to is Vaniqa. This cream works pretty well, but it only slows down the hair regrowth and when you stop using the cream, the hair comes back. So, your best bet is to have the laser hair removal. It has to be done in usually 6 treatments because the hair are all growing in different cycles. Most people say they do not have any regrowth of hair after the treatments. Cost wise, it is much more pricey but is the most permanant form of hair removal.



Expert:  Family Physician replied 6 years ago.
Excessive facial hair growth in women is most commonly associated with one of several different hormone problems. Treating the underlying medical/hormone problem is the most effective method of reducing the growth of facial hair.

As the other expert mentioned, there are local control methods such as laser, but treating the underlying cause is the best approach since some of these condition have other more serious health consequences. The hair growth may just be a symptom of some underlying serious medical condition.

Please feel free free to accept the other experts answer. I added this to stress the importance of following up on the medical issue.

Edited by Family Physician on 8/2/2010 at 4:55 AM EST