Sideburns don't just happen for that debonair guy trying to channel James Dean. A woman's hormone levels, genetics and the color of her natural hair can result in facial hair, including sideburns. While you might trust your hairstylist to tackle those stray sideburns during a trim, you also might want an at-home solution to rid your skin of sideburns for the long term.
If dark sideburns are ruining your style, erase them with some depilatory cream, available at your local drugstore. Apply the cream to the sideburns, let it set, and then wipe it away -- along with the hair. Your sideburns will be less noticeable for anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks. Always choose a depilatory cream designed especially for the face; these varieties feature gentle and soothing ingredients, such as aloe vera, for your skin.
Leave the depilatory cream on your skin for only as long as the manufacturer directs. Leaving it on for too long may result in skin burning. Test the cream on a small spot of skin, following the instructions, , then wait for 24 hours to see if there's a reaction, before using it on your face.
Waxing pulls your sideburn strands out at the root and can last up to six weeks. Because the procedure is a bit painful, it can result in some minor skin irritation. Go to your favorite salon for a professional waxing treatment, or opt for a home waxing kit to do it yourself.
If you're debating between waxing and shaving, wax. This hair removal method lasts longer and is more effective at pulling those sideburns out by the root. Shaving your sideburns requires frequent, possibly daily, upkeep.
Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is the most long-term option for sideburn removal -- but it doesn't work for everyone. This procedure involves a technician using a powerful light beam to target the melanin -- or color -- in the hair follicle and destroy it. Laser hair removal is most effective on individuals with dark hair and light skin. If you're looking to erase blond, gray or white sideburns, this hair removal option won't work for you.
Laser hair removal requires multiple sessions to fully eliminate the unwanted sideburns. After your sessions are over, you can expect to go in for a touch-up about once a year.
Hair removal creams available only by prescription can be applied to your sideburns to slow future hair growth. However, they don't remove existing hair, so they need to be used in conjunction with another hair removal method. Once you've removed your sideburns, you can supplement your hair-removal efforts with these prescription creams to slow regrowth.
Some side effects of prescription creams include burning, stinging or tingling of the skin, as well as a rash. Talk to your doctor to decide if these prescription creams will work for your unwanted sideburns.