Things My Mother Could Have Mentioned - Menopausal Peach Fuzz and More!
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.
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
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!
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.
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!
Have You Noticed Anything Other Than Egg On Your Chin?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!