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“Witch hairs” – how to get rid of annoying hairs on the face and chin?

If one speaks of witch or devil hair, one means the small hairs, which sprout with women gladly at the chin or from birthmarks. In contrast to the rest of the facial hair, they are longer and more robust than, for example, the lady’s beard hairs above the lip. Tikbow reveals where witch hairs come from and what helps against them.

Fluctuations in the hormone balance can favor the growth of a witch hair. Thus, menopausal women, who have a deficiency of Östrogen, are predominantly affected. Likewise pregnant women and women who take the birth control pill. Extreme weight fluctuations can also favor growth. In rare cases, the side effects of a strong medication can also cause the growth of witch hairs. Anyone who is unsure should consult their dermatologist or gynecologist. The doctor will clarify what is actually behind it and what treatment options there are in the case.

Where do witch hairs grow?

The isolated, thick hairs usually grow in the chin area. A witch hair can be recognized by its length (if it is not discovered and plucked out early enough) and by the fact that it is significantly thicker than the hair fuzz that is usually found on the face. Also from birthmarks – thus on a pigment störung, with which the cells of the skin are changed – can sprout frequently witches hair. This is a genetic predisposition.

Can I pluck the hair myself?

In principle, individual hairs can be removed with tweezers, but only if they are not on a mole. In this case, the hair should only be cut with nail scissors. Otherwise, an injury or alteration of the birthmark may occur.

What are the benefits of laser treatment for witch hair?

Those who do not like to pluck again and again can undergo laser treatment. But here, too, the following applies: The affected hair must not be on a mole. The ideal prerequisites for laser therapy are fair skin and dark hair, as the affected hair is then easier to recognize. The treatment costs on average 50 euros – does not sound much at first, but for a permanent hair removal about six to seven sessions are necessary.

Tikbow was advised by München dermatologist Dr. Timm Golüke