Fluctuating hormone levels can cause an increase in facial hair growth, says More magazine. Cosmopolitan magazine also notes that people with medium skin tones tend to have thicker skin than those with darker or fairer complexions, and this often means more hair follicles and excess facial hair. You can slow down hair growth at home by using over-the-counter or prescription-strength hair inhibiting lotions. You can also ask your physician about laser hair removal treatments, but these can be costly and may not work for all types of hair. Discuss your options with a doctor before proceeding.
Wash your face with a non-irritating, mild cleanser to remove impurities, unclog pores and make hair-inhibiting products more effective. Avoid soaps or harsh face washes that can irritate your skin. Use lukewarm water and rinse the product away when you finish.
Dry your face and apply an over-the-counter hair-inhibiting lotion or moisturizer made specifically for facial hair. Both More and Cosmopolitan state that this type of product contains ingredients that will slow down hair growth over time, and will also make your hair grow in sparser and softer in the interim. Smooth the lotion over the areas where your facial hair comes in and continue to apply it twice a day.
Talk to your doctor or dermatologist if you do not notice your facial hair growth slowing down after a month of applying the hair inhibitor. She may be able to give you a prescription-strength product called Vaniqua. More states that this product works by blocking the enzyme that produces hair growth and by helping hair become thinner and less noticeable. Apply it using the same method as the over-the-counter product, or as instructed by your doctor.
Ask a doctor about laser hair removal treatments if you want a more permanent way to slow down hair growth. Allure magazine states that lasers zap your hairs at their roots, which can keep them from growing back for up to one year or longer. The sessions require only a few minutes to complete, but most people require about six treatments. Both More and Allure say that these laser treatments can range from $250 to $450 per session.
- Do not use any products or get laser treatments without first discussing them with your physician.
- Do not use hair inhibitors on broken or irritated skin.
- Seek medical help if you develop an allergic reaction to any products.
- Speak with a doctor if you experience a sudden increase in facial hair growth, particularly if you are a woman, as this could be a sign of a more serious medical condition.