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Things My Mother Could Have Mentioned - Menopausal Peach Fuzz and More!

Updated on April 6, 2013
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I have become a chin inspector. I admit it – I have no shame. You may have noticed me lurking around groups of menopausal women. I’ll feign interest in the craziest conversations just to get a peek at your jaw-line. Do I spy a faint shadow? Is that a stray hair or two blowing in the breeze?


My Lamentable Situation

To my abject horror I have begun to grow black chin hairs. I thought I was alone with my problem but it turns out I’m among millions, and we women are keeping quiet about it. Sure there seem to be more advertised products on television and in magazines but I thought those ads were for other parts of my body!

I didn’t clue in until I admitted my secret to a close friend. She had been using hair removers for years and was too embarrassed to mention it. So, I’ve decided to bare my soul and save others the pain. I’ll tell you what I did to solve the problem and you can take it from there.

To begin, I should tell you that my skin and hair are quite fair. Also, I have always had “peach-fuzz” on the sides of my face. My fuzz really didn’t bother me. I had noticed other human peaches among my friends and thought they looked just fine. It wasn’t until these little black hairs began to crop up that I took notice.


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Why I Have Hair on My Chin

Recently, I looked up the cause and it seems, as women age, we produce more of the androgen hormone in our body. Androgens are often associated with men but they are also normally produced in the female body. In women, androgens are produced by the ovaries, adrenal glands, and fat cells.

Polycystic ovary syndrome and hormonal fluctuations caused by pregnancy or menopause can also be the root of (pardon my pun) all those little black hairs.

Some women are content with the changes ageing brings. Others, like me, begrudge the whole process and refuse to go out with a whimper. I’ll be kicking and screaming the whole way!


Some of the Products I Tried

Tweezers

My first line of defense was tweezers. They worked just great when the hair count was low. Pulling hair out by the roots is effective and lasts a long time. I did need to purchase a good pair of tweezers and a lighted, magnified mirror.

Caution: hide your tweezers. Some children think they work great for digging dirt out of finger nails and this does nothing but ruin the fine precision needed to pluck those little demons out!


Razors

I did not try using razors on my face. I just know I'd start to cry. I'd see myself in the mirror with men's shaving cream all over my face and I'd cry. It wouldn't matter how pretty, or sleek, or pink the razor was. We shouldn't have to resort to this pitiful and incomprehensible demoralization at this stage of our lives. So I left this part out. Enough said.

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Wax

At some point I gave up taking hormones for menopause. The absence of those hormones seemed to act on my stray hairs like fertilizer on my lawn. I soon had a new crop every two days. My next trial was hot wax. As I prefer to de-fur myself in the privacy of my own home, I read many labels and consulted magazines.

After making my choice and thoroughly preparing my skin as instructed, I applied the wax. The instructions do not tell you to close all windows and doors in your home. I wish they did. My scream reverberated down the street! It hurts when you rip that stuff off your face!

I was amazed to see all the little hairs that were left in the wax. I was also amazed, an hour later, to find a horrible rash where the hair used to be. I had applied the oil provided in the kit but it didn't help my sensitive skin. The rash was present for days and was painful. There must be an easier, less painful way!


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Depilatories

As soon as my skin healed I went shopping. This time I asked a beautician for advice. She seemed very knowledgeable and recommended I try a popular, fairly expensive depilatory cream. If it’s expensive it should work – right? Did I mention I have sensitive skin? Only half the hair came out and the rest was hidden amongst the red, raised bumps that now decorated my face.

So far, I was striking out. The list of products was getting longer and my expenses were also adding up. I decided to perform a more intensive search on the Internet.


Laser Treatments

One of the most widely acclaimed hair removers are laser treatments. After an afternoon of thorough research I learned that these treatments are very expensive and are successful only on dark hair. My peach-fuzz was getting thicker and I wanted to rid myself of my identification with the fruit family, so this was a disappointment. The advertisements also stated that some people experienced re-growth. I couldn't imagine paying all those dollars only to experience failure! For me, laser treatments were not the solution.


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Electric Tweezers

The next item that came up on my computer screen was something I had never heard of – electric tweezers. Apparently, these little gems rip the hair from your face at the amazing speed of 32,000 tweezes per minute. Just the thought made shudder. I also read that in-grown hairs can result in this method. The article further included a very nasty picture of an ingrown hair and the resulting pus. I crossed electric tweezers off my list.


Electrolysis

I also looked into electrolysis. This method combines a large needle with electricity and results in a fair amount of pain. I have a distinct aversion to needles, and pain isn't my best friend either, so I quickly crossed another method from my list.


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My Solution

After a few days of honest research, it was apparent that the most appealing solution for me was No! No! This product removes hair by using a thermodynamic wire which transmits a gentle pulse of heat to the hair. The wire is isolated by safety devices, is called a Thermicon tip, and is completely safe. Thermicon tips come in two sizes and each is used on a specific area of your body. No! No! promises to work on hair of any color and is safe for sensitive skin. Best of all, there is a sixty day guarantee! What could I lose?

My No! No! arrived promptly. Included in my kit were two buffer pads, two Thermicon tips of different sizes, a cleaning brush, and a battery charger. The device itself is small (approx. 4 ¾ inches by ¾”) and easily fits in my hand. The buffer pads exfoliate and polish your skin while they sweep away the dead hair.

This product is very easy to use and there is absolutely no pain! Best of all I can use it in the privacy of my own home. The only down-side is the odor of burning hair and, as there is no longer a need to hide my screams, I can keep my windows open and my rooms fresh.

I use my No! No! every three or four days and have been doing so for a little over three months now. The hair on my face is growing slower and, even though I’m now removing my peach-fuzz, it's not growing in darker or heavier. I also use my No! No! to remove hair from my under-arms, legs, and my bikini line. Shaving these areas is quicker but the hair growth is slowing down so the benefits outweigh the extra time.

I am very satisfied with my No! No! I took the time to try different products and found the one that was right for me. I still haunt gaggles of menopausal women but only because they’re good friends and I want to pass on my little secret!

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    Cynthianne Neighbors 2 years ago

    LOL!!! :D

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    Carol 2 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    Oh Cynthianne! If only I had "A" black hair!!! Thanks for stopping by and for your comments.

    Carol

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    Cynthianne Neighbors 2 years ago

    Good article, made me laugh. I saw a black hair...coming out of a mole on my chin no less...ACK!! It is starting to happen.

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    Carol 4 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    Hi Deborah - thanks for your comment! This has been a great hub for me. When I wrote this a year ago I had no idea it would be my most popular article - and yes, we might as well laugh! Whoever said these were the Golden Years was bonkers!!

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    Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

    Since you read my hub about the signs of aging, you know I feel your pain. But at least we can laugh about it! Great job!

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    Carol 4 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    Hi Eddy - I'm glad you had a little laugh! This one was fun to write. Thanks for the vote and for your comments. Have a wonderful Wednesday.

    Hugs,

    Carol

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    Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

    I love your mindset and approach here ;I laughed instead of grimacing;but saying this it was also a learnig curve.

    Voted up without a doubt.

    Have a great day.

    Eddy.

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    Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

    I love your mindset and approach here ;I laughed instead of grimacing;but saying this it was also a learnig curve.

    Voted up without a doubt.

    Have a great day.

    Eddy.

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    Carol 4 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    Hi Jan,

    Thank you for your kind comments. Yes, this getting older really is a tough road sometimes. I often laugh when I hear the term The Golden Years and wonder who the nut was that first coined the phrase. He must have been a man. Thanks again!

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    Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

    Wow. This is a very informative hub. Your writing is excellent with just a right amount of hilarity so that we who can relate will not be too sad as we think about our own realities of getting older. Thank you for sharing a tough journey to success. Voted up, funny, and useful.

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    Carol 4 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    Hullo There KT! I'm glad you found me too. Anyone who loves to mess with people has just got to be a friend!

    The sad part about my story is that I am almost 64 now and STILL have menopausal symptoms. No fair.

    Welcome to my world. I'm sure I'll enjoy visiting yours.

    Hugs,

    Carol

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    KT Banks 4 years ago from Texas

    Hi, ogp. I read your comment on one of billybucs hubs, and knew I'd like you. I was right, you are awesome. My Dr. said I finally hit menopause last summer. I'm still waiting for some symptoms, but this article scares me to death - and had me laughing my head off at the same time. Really funny!

    Sometimes, I think I'm finally getting a hot flash, then someone else in the room makes a comment about how hot it is. I tend to be cold most of the time, I think because of my slow thyroid.

    Any way, really enjoyed this, and I'm so happy to have "found" you.

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    Carol 4 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    LOL !! No kidding. If my mother had mentioned it even once I wouldn't have contacted the circus!!

    Thanks for stopping by and for your vote - it's very much appreciated

    Carol

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    moonlake 4 years ago from America

    I keep my tweezers hid so no one uses them. They are my favorite for the black hairs and I have tried to find more but just can't find them. Whenever it's sunny (not often here) I head for the window so I can get a good look and make sure I have all the hairs off my face.

    My aunt said to me one day "Why didn't Mama let us know we would lose all our hair in places and grow black hair on our faces?" Funny hub voted up.

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    Carol 4 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    Hello Seeker! I'm glad my hub gave you a giggle. We have to laugh at these jokes on women - either that or we'll cry! After two years I am still very happy with my No! No!

    Thanks for stopping by, for the votes and for the share!

    Hugs,

    Carol

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    Helen Murphy Howell 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

    What a fabulous hub and hilarious!!! I have to say that you are one brave lady trying the wax for the face - I had this once for legs and just about had a convulsion with the pain!!! So no way was I ever going to try this on the face! The 'No! No!' sounds absolutely brilliant and it's the first time I've actually heard of this, I will definitely need to give it a try. At the moment the only device I use - not ideal - is the shaver!!! Well at least the shaving cream is female stuff and not for men!

    Brilliant hub + voted up + shared!!

    Helen.

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    Carol 4 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    Hello Sheri Faye! Thanks so much for your comment - I appreciate it very much.

    I'm still using my No! No! with great success. Thank goodness I no longer have the hot flashes and I hope you speed through them. They are the WORST!!

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    Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

    What a great sense of humor you have. I had heard about that No No...maybe I will break down and buy one. Now...what to do about hot flashes! Really great hub and thanks for your honest sharing.

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    Carol 4 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    Nope, getting old su.... well, it's not fun. Our later years are supposed to be the "golden years" but whoever came up with that moniker was not living in my body! Thanks for stopping by barbergirl!

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    Stacy Harris 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

    This is absolutely a great write up. I have to say, I am not liking the idea of growing older and possibly sprouting hairs a woman shouldn't be sprouting. That being said, I luckily don't have sensitive skin so I can probably do the wax without much of an incidence. I have also had experience with sugaring, which rips the hair from the follicle making it grow slower as well. However, sugaring can be hard to find at times.

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    Carol 4 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    Hullo Moonfairy: I love your name and your picture! Wish I had a dentist like yours. First for the chin hair plucking and, most importantly, for the fun! All I get is stodgy old fellers. :-) Thanks for stopping by.

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    moonfairy 4 years ago

    This is fantastically funny! I have a dentist who is also a good friend. One day as I sitting in her chair waiting for her to examine my teeth, she shocked me by examining my chin!! She exclaimed "AH HA...found one!" grabbed some tweasers and plucked my chin hairs! Everyone was laughing so hard they were holding their stomachs!!!

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    Carol 4 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    Thanks once more for your comments DJ. I've got to say that I thought electrolysis was painful but after reading of your experiences I KNOW it hurts!! I hope for your sake those little black beggars disappear for good. I still use my No! No! and have had great results - especially on my upper lip.

    By the way.....there is no way I'll be getting up in front of an audience! Nope, nuh-uh!

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    DJ Anderson 4 years ago

    You are a 'hoot'. In southern lingo, that means very funny. If Hubbing does not work out for you, you might try stand up comedy.

    I would like to shed some light on this subject. It has been a serious problem most of my life. Electrolysis has been my pain of choice for most of my life. When I got enough money, I had laser hair removal. When I found that it worked only on dark course hair, I had laser done to my legs but, I was forced back to electrolysis for all facial hair. But, I did pick up a tip while having laser work done. They had a doctor next door who gave prescriptions for a topical cream called Lidocaine and Prilocaine cream 2.5%/2.5%. after the cream is applied, you cover the area with a plastic food wrap, like Saran Wrap. The idea is to keep air from the skin. I would apply the cream at home, then arrive early for my electrolysis appointment where I would apply more cream and strips of plastic food wrap. A 30 minute time frame would allowed treatment to the most sensitive areas, like the upper lip. My technician would remove one strip of the wrap and work that area. Then, she would remove a second strip and work under that area. Just sorry that I did not know about a numbing cream 40 years ago. I go in twice a year for touch ups. I was hoping as I grew older that the problem would resolve itself. Not so!! I have to be more diligent than ever. Those bad boys slip in when I least expect it. If my electrolysis ever retires, I fear I will become a "shut-in". Ha, Ha Any physician should give you a prescription for the cream. It is commonly used for other topical irritations.

    Again, loved this Hub! You are most informative with a great sense of

    humor.

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    Carol 4 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    Thank you very much Laurinzo! I appreciate your comments and your vote very much. I enjoyed writing this one and hope to write something a whole bunch lighter that my Depression hub soon!

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    Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

    Very well written and funny hub... I agree with Tammy...

    very well done... definitely voted up!!!

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    Carol 4 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    Thanks Bill - I enjoyed writing that one. I appreciate you stopping by.

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    This really was quite amusing, and look at all the comments. Obviously you hit on a topic that a lot of people can relate to...and you did it with wonderful humor.

    hugs from Olympia,

    bill

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    Carol 4 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    Thankew Efficient! I'm glad you liked it. I really have found the No! No! to be a good friend - more and more as the months go on. I hope you never have to become a Chin Inspector!

    Thanks for stopping by.

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    Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    "Other human peaches among my friends" LOL I got a chuckle out of that and this hub reminds me I have a wax job to do very soon. I've been using Gigi's hot wax treatment for sensitive skin but still have to use it every 2 weeks. I like this idea of No No. I want to try it. Also your razor paragraph had me rolling on the floor. That is just too funny. Thanks for sharing this useful, informative, and hilarious hub! Voted up and across.

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    Carol 4 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    Chin crop!! Love it! Thanks for stopping by and for your comments.

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    mwilliams66 4 years ago from Left Coast, USA

    This is a hysterical look at an otherwise taboo subject. Brilliant. I loved this hub.

    In addition to tremendous comedic relief, you have provided excellent information on combating the dreaded chin crop. Voted way up!

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    Carol 5 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    Yikes! Threading is more painful than waxing?? Whoa. I'm glad you told me. I won't be going there anytime soon. Thanks for stopping by!

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    klarawieck 5 years ago

    Wow! So the No!No! is a Yes!Yes!?? That's interesting!

    I'm guilty of waxing my mustache (which looks like Frida Kahlo) and my chin, too. All little hairs must go! There is another method to getting rid of facial hair. It's the threading, which is the most painful method of all. HORRIBLE! I tried it once and I was ready to kill the woman who suggested it.

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    Carol 5 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    Thanks Harvest - I appreciate you stopping by and I'm glad you had a laugh too.

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    Harvest Moon 5 years ago from Earth

    This gave me a good chuckle, too! Love your sense of humor. God bless!

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    Carol 5 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    Hi Ruth, Glad you got a chuckle! Thanks for stopping by and for the votes - I appreciate it.

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    Ruth Clark 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

    lol...yep, I'm laughing with ya. Thanks for the honest portrayal of a sensitive topic. Vote up in several categories.

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    Carol 5 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    Wow! Thanks Billy! Coming from you the compliment is awesome. And yes, it was supposed to be funnyish. Heh....heh. Or maybe not.

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    Carol 5 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    Thanks so much Jeannie I'm still happy with my No!No! Many thanks for sharing - how do you do that anyway??

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    Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    I'm not sure I was supposed to laugh but I thought this was terribly funny...and one more thing...you are a very good writer with an excellent writing voice. Well done!

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    Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thank you for sharing this information. I have been wondering about No! No! Hair Removal myself, but it was too expensive to try without hearing a review on it. Great hub! Voted up and shared!

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    Carol 5 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    Thanks for your comments Hendrika. For you, I hope tweezers will always be enough!

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    Hendrika 5 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

    Thanks for a very insightful Hub. It is good to know where to go when the tweezers is not an option any more. Mine I can still control with the tweezers but I can see the day looming when it is not going to do the trick any more!

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    Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

    Hi, I did laugh when you said you screamed with the wax, so did I! lol! only it was on my legs at the time! yes, I have tiny hairs coming through on my chinny chin chin! haha! I tend to shave them off, or use a tweezer, but that hurts! great advice, and I may well treat myself to it, thanks nell

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    Carol 5 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    Thanks for your comments Millionaire. I first tried No!No! at a store selling "As Seen On TV" products. I didn't buy it then but it was nice to have tried it. Thanks to all of you Chin Inspectors for coming out of the closet! We all appreciate it.

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    Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

    This is funny, and an important message for all of us who suffer from chin hairs. I haven't heard of this product, so thanks for the headsup. I've tried many others though.

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    Carol 5 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    Ah yes Marellen - I sometimes wish I'd never peeked in that looking glass! Thanks for your comments - I appreciate it very much.

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    marellen 5 years ago

    I appreciate your humor and I'm also a chin inspector. I use a cream called Veet and it works great. The older I get the more times I need to use it but its part of life. I am very afraid to purchase a powerful magnifying mirror though. I could and would spend days plucking away. LOL

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    Carol 5 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    Hi Sharyn. Thanks so much for your comments. I didn't realize I had so many symptoms of PCOS! Now I'm wondering what to do with that knowledge. Next time I'm coming back a man!!!

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    Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

    Hi Carol ~ I love your sense of humor about a topic that I personally don't find funny, and am thrilled that I actually laughed here about it. You see, I've dealt with this longer than I'd like to say. I have PCOS. I have been a "chin inspector" since my early 20's unfortunately.

    I've tried electrolysis and damn, it hurts. I felt like I needed a Valium or something to help me actually lay there and tolerate it. The technician at one point did turn the current down because I kept bitching. But then the process did not work which really sucked cuz it's expensive too. I also went through many many years of taking a really long time every morning before work with a tiny pair of scissors. That was grueling.

    One day, when I was in my early 40's, I'd had enough. Using the scissors was so time consuming daily and it was really driving me crazy. I flipped and couldn't believe that I actually used a razor. I think I cried (as you said you would) at that point. But for me, it has been a life saver. It's quick and efficient and certainly looks better than any other method I've tried.

    I really appreciate your review of all the options you've tried. I never heard of the No No. Sounds quite promising but expensive - which I wouldn't be able to do at this time.

    Thank you for a great, well written article on a "hairy" subject :) I had one of those "DAMN, I SHOULD/COULD HAVE WRITTEN THIS" moments. And it's funny how personal this subject is ~ kinda feel like I'm baring my soul. Oh well, someone else out there won't feel so alone I guess.

    Welcome to HubPages. I'm glad you found me and in turn, I found you!

    Sharyn

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    poowool5 5 years ago from here in my house

    Oh, very clever! I know that book. I hope your name is auspicious!

    Wish I'd had a chance to choose a clever name for myself...I was horrified when I realized poowool5 would be pasted all over hubpages!! Funny..

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    Carol 5 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    Ah! So that's it. Names of endearment can be hilarious! My nom-de-plume is associated with the book What Color is Your Parachute and I chose green 'cause I'm hoping a little 'green' will come my way.

    I'm looking forward to reading your hubs!

    Carol

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    poowool5 5 years ago from here in my house

    Well, so many of these "noms-de-plume" are intriguing...most of them we'll never know!

    Mine is funny because it's just the goofy names my husband and I have called each other since we first started dating, (I'm wool, he's poo), then there are 5 in our family. BUT, I had no idea when I typed this into hubpages that it would be used and seen so much! I would have picked something else, but you can't change this...stuck with it now, and it's pretty silly...lol!

    So what is the story behind your equally curious pen name??

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    Carol 5 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    Thanks so much poowool5, I appreciate your comments very much!

    Carol

    PS - your name creates huge curiosities in my head!!

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    poowool5 5 years ago from here in my house

    So brave of you to bear your soul on this all too prevalent problem for women! Your hub is very comprehensive (I had no idea there were so many ways to pluck a hair!), and I will file this away for future reference. Not quite there yet but, like you, I will fight any and all signs of aging, kicking and screaming all the way to the pharmacy...

    Thanks for a great hub, voted up and useful!

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    Carol 5 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

    Thanks Tammy! I appreciate your comment very much.

    Carol

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    Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

    This is really funny! Your sense of humor really comes across here! Well done!

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