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Feb 06, 2019

One morning while you're putting on makeup you notice a coarse, horrible, inescapable chin hair. How did it get there? Why is it different to other hairs? You start wondering how to get rid of it, fast!

You don't have to settle for unsightly facial hair, there are ways you can solve this. Tweezers, Soft or hard body waxes, and other hair removal methods are among your options to say goodbye to chin hair for good.

"Why am I Getting Chin Hair?"

Chin hair is not rare. Lots of women get chin hair, whether one occasional stray or thicker and more abundant hairs. In either case, we know that dealing with this kind of conspicuous hair growth can be distressing and embarrassing and you want to know where it comes from.

As you may expect, the answer is hormones. Hair growth is controlled by hormones, predominantly by androgens (male hormones). The levels of androgens in women can change for several reasons, from natural fluctuations due to the menstrual cycle to more serious hormonal issues.

When testosterone (or the sensitivity to this hormone) increases and the hair follicle is exposed to extra androgens, the body can react by producing hair in places where women usually don't get hair growth, such as the chin, chest, upper lip or inner thigh. This condition is called hirsutism.

There can be some hormonal imbalances at the root of hirsutism: PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome), Cushing's syndrome or the hormonal variations of menopause. Sometimes hairiness in females is just linked to heredity or ancestry (Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and South Asian women are more likely to develop excess hair).
PCOS: in this syndrome, the ovaries are bigger than normal and have cysts around the external borders. Excess hair is only one of the symptoms of PCOS; this condition also comes with weight gain, irregular periods, acne, infertility, and higher risk of diabetes. PCOS is not curable, but it can be controlled with a hormonal treatment, which can diminish unwanted hair growth.

Cushing's syndrome: this condition is related to an imbalance in the secretion of cortisol, and, in addition to unwanted hair growth, it causes stretch marks, muscle weakness, and easy bruising.

Menopause: when a woman's period stops altogether because the production of eggs is depleted, hormonal changes ensue. Lower levels of estrogens may mean that there will be over-sensitization to testosterone, and more hair growth might appear as a consequence. Other symptoms include mood swings, hot flushes, and lack of sex drive.

If you have had checkups and everything is fine, but you are still getting that pesky chin hair, do not fret. It might be down to heredity or ancestry. Almost everyone has some form of unwanted hair growth, and it doesn't have to interfere with your life.

"What Can I Do About it?

Here is how to get rid of coarse chin hair with different methods:

Tweezing: this is one of the simplest ways to do away with chin hair. Before you start, make sure you disinfect your tweezers and cleanse your skin. Take your tweezers (preferably slanted-edge, to grab hair more closely and avoid breakage) and pull from the hair in one swift motion. You can apply an astringent tonic afterward to close the pore. Keep the tweezers with you just in case removing chin hair with tweezers will only work if they are sparse and occasional. Otherwise, you will have a lot of work to do removing hair by hair and it might not be practical at all.
Threading: it consists of running a cotton thread "lasso" on the hair to pull it out. Threading is comfortable for several hairs at a time. This technique is gentle to the skin and doesn't involve expensive materials. However, if you don't know how to do it yourself, you'll have to look for an expert, which is sometimes not that easy or cheap.

Waxing: as with other body parts, waxing is one of the most practical choices. It removes hair from the root, so it takes a while to grow back. You can do it in the comfort of your own home with pre-waxed strips or go professional and book an appointment with a professional.

Pre-waxed strips just need to be rubbed gently between your palms to warm them up and applied in the direction of hair growth. Rip them against the direction of growth in a quick motion. For pro waxing, your esthetician will choose low-melting point soft wax or hard wax. The procedure is quick and virtually painless (the fewer hairs you have, the less painful it will be). After hair is removed, the esthetician will apply a post-depilatory product to cleanse and soothe the area.

Chin waxing can be combined with full face waxing in most cases. This is great to take care of the upper lip, eyebrows, and sides.

Other methods: if these quick methods are not enough to help you keep up with chin hair removal, you need to consider other solutions such as laser hair removal, where laser light is applied to the follicle to weaken it and eventually inactivate it, keeping it from producing hair.

So, as you can see a few chin hairs are nothing unsolvable. However, you should get medical advice if other symptoms have come along with any unusual hair growth. As for hair removal, Beauty Image has your back. You can get professional quality waxes and waxing accessories for smooth chin hair removal. Estheticians can call us at TOLL FREE 888-513-8815 or fill out the contact form to get in touch with us and learn more about our products. Want news about us right in your inbox? Subscribe to our newsletter!

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About Author

Adriana Mendez is the CEO of Beauty Image USA, a leading brand in the beauty industry dedicated to providing estheticians, cosmetologists, salons, spas, and licensed beauty professionals with high-quality and sustainable hair removal products. From wax to pre- and post-care products, Adriana's commitment to excellence ensures that Beauty Image USA consistently delivers products of the highest standard.