How Can Middle-Aged Women Remove Stray Facial Hairs Safely?

By: Christina Frank

Women usually can blame stray facial hairs on the hormonal shifts that are responsible for so much midlife morphing. When estrogen levels decline, the testosterone in our systems flows unchecked; as a result, hair distribution tends to follow a slightly more "manly" pattern.

If you have only a few hairs, grab a good pair of tweezers and carefully pluck them. You can also use cuticle scissors, or even a razor, although the latter might cause soft hairs to grow in more coarsely.

Depilatory creams are another option, but make sure to use one designed for the face. Room temperature wax works too (avoid hot wax, which can make your skin darker over time).

For more permanent solutions, consider electrolysis—a procedure in which the hair follicle is destroyed by an electrical current—or laser hair removal, which destroys hair follicles using a laser beam. (Both of these should be done by a dermatologist or other skin professional.)

Another option is a prescription cream called Vaniqa, which inhibits the enzyme that allows hair to grow.

Adapted from our sister publication REMEDY'S Healthy Living Spring 2014

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Published: 10 Feb 2014

Last Modified: 10 Feb 2014