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Jen H.

Sandy, Utah
I am a happily married, mother of five daughters and slightly obsessed beauty blogger. I love to discuss health issues and particularly skincare concerns.
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Aug 24 2008 by Jen H.

This is my facial hair dilemma.  

As a younger woman, I dealt with thick eyebrows and upper lip facial hair.  Now, those hairs aren't as prolific, matter of fact, my eyebrows are thinning and graying.  Come back my thick, dark eyebrows, come back!

Chin hairs are my biggest issue nowadays.  I almost daily pluck these obnoxious stray hairs on my chin.  The amount of hair isn't enough to warrant waxing or shaving (thank goodness), however, they keep coming back, and sometimes the the plucking causes an irritation or inflammed bump around the hair follicle.  

I looked into a laser hair removal treatment of my chin and upper lip hair, and it isn't cheap.  The hair removal clinic also informed me if the hairs are light that the laser will not be effective.   And since about 50% of my facial hairs are blond or gray, and I wonder if the cost would still be worth it and would achieve the desired result. 

In general, laser facial hair removal works best in those with dark hair on lighter skin, however newer technologies have made the procedure safe and effective in those with darker skin as well. Blonde, red, or gray hairs are generally less responsive to laser hair removal treatment.  Coarse hair (terminal hair) responds much better to laser hair removal treatment than fine hair or "peach fuzz" (vellus hair). - Vaniqa website

I have also wondered if anyone here has used Vaniqa with any success?  Vaniqa is the prescription strength cream that was developed to remove unwanted facial hair. 

VANIQA (eflornithine HCl) Cream, 13.9% doesn't remove hair like other products you may be using. Instead it actually reduces the growth, and complements your current method of hair removal, which you should continue to use.

The Vaniqa site also suggests a slight improvement in permanent hair removal if you use this cream in conjunction with the laser hair removal treatments.  Makes sense to me, but between the cost of the cream and the laser treatments, I bet it will end up costing about $500.  Ugh!   I would rather try one, and see if the other is still warranted.  The question is, which one?

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Jun 17 2008 by Mary Ann P.
Hi Jen,
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