Hair growth above the lip is nothing unusual, even in women. Nevertheless, many sufferers are bothered by it and would like to get rid of the fuzz. Tikbow reveals the five best methods for treating a lady’s beard.
Why do women actually have a little fuzz on their face? The so-called hirsutism is usually caused by a harmless, increased production of the male hormone testosterone. If a serious hormonal disease has been ruled out by a doctor, the lady’s beard can easily be treated locally if necessary. Tikbow asked dermatologist Dr. Uta Schlossberger in Cologne for information and reveals 5 tips and methods for long-term or even permanent removal of dark skin.
Removing lady’s beard with warm wax
A hot layer of wax (alternative: sugaring with sugar paste) is applied to the upper lip until it is firm and then pulled off with a quick jerk. You can feel every single hair that is removed along with the root – the result lasts for about four weeks. A visit to the beautician (about 20 euros) is therefore worthwhile. Warm wax sets are also available from drugstores for around ten euros. But be careful: "If used too hot, there is a risk of burns", warns Schlossberger. In addition, unclean work can lead to severe inflammation." Disadvantage of waxing in general: For hair removal to work properly, the hair must have grown at least three millimeters long beforehand.
Removing lady’s beard by bleaching
At first glance, the advantages of this method outweigh the disadvantages: bleaching is painless, inexpensive and quick. Plus: no stubbly regrowth! Treatments for the face are available from about ten euros in beauty salons or at the hairdresser. DIY lighteners cost about eight euros in the drugstore. The disadvantages: Although you can no longer see it, you can still see your beard. In addition, the bleaching cream can irritate the skin above the upper lip, which draws attention to the problem area in the first few days after treatment. To avoid this problem, the product should be tested on an inconspicuous area for a possible allergic reaction. Very important: "Never use on inflamed skin, otherwise scars could develop", warns the dermatologist. If you do it yourself, you must also make sure that the bleaching cream does not lighten the hair more than desired and that the beard is not more noticeable afterwards than before.
Removing lady’s beard by therading
Threading goes back to an ancient oriental-Ottoman tradition. In the meantime, however, the method is also offered in many cosmetic studios in Germany (from about eight euros). This is how it works: A thin thread is doubled and knotted into a small loop. Then it is twisted with thumb and forefinger over the affected area of the face so quickly that the hairs get caught between them and are pulled out against the direction of growth, including the roots, similar to epilation. Sounds complicated? It is! It is almost impossible to use it yourself and remove the lady’s beard, so it is absolutely necessary to let a professional do it. The smooth result is not permanent, but lasts up to four weeks.
The device emits light at a specific wavelength that destroys the germ cells of the hair roots,” explains Dr. Schlossberger. Unlike other depilation methods, this one promises a permanent result, but the procedure is lengthy and costly. Up to ten sessions (à approx. 50 euros) may be necessary to remove the lady’s beard permanently. The greater the contrast between hair and skin color, the more satisfactory the result. This means that dark-haired women usually have better results! Light-haired types, with their more sensitive skin, are also more susceptible to scarring and pigment changes.
Removing lady’s beard by shaving
The handle to the razor is indeed a painless and fast method of hair removal – but is not worth it in the long run. On the contrary: "The hair root is not removed, the result is therefore only short-term", the dermatologist knows. The hair grows back quickly and stubbly, especially dark-haired women will notice a dark shadow on the upper lip the very next day. Dr. Schlossberger also points out that ingrown hairs can lead to infections. And burning pimples above the lip instead of a lady’s beard are not really the better choice in the end.
– with expert advice from Dr. Uta Schlossberger, dermatology at Kolumbahof in Cologne.