Have you ever considered a permanent hair or beard removal? There are many reasons why men may opt for permanent beard removal over the classical practice of shaving on a regular basis. Let’s see how you can do it and which riscs are given.
Reasons to get rid of your beard
The first is that shaving can be a tedious experience for many men who wish to be or need to be cleanly shaven every day. Men who fall into this category include office workers who for a showing of stubble in the workplace is not acceptable. There only choice is shaving every day or grow some form of beard that needs regular grooming.
Male to female transgender people (MTF) may also choose to have permanent hair removal. They have made the choice to live out the rest of their lives as women and they want to be accepted as such. Permanent beard removal can eliminate the beard shadow that the growth of stubble creates. That makes it much easier for MTF’s to be accepted as women.
Others who may opt for permanent beard removal include women who due to an excess of male hormones grow very noticeable hair on their upper lip and chin. And men who suffer from a form of the disorder that makes them believe that hair growth is unclean and must be removed.
Methods of beard removal
There are various methods of permanent beard removal with varying recorded degrees of success. These include:
- Laser hair removal
- Hair removal systems
- Natural Methods
Electrolysis is a method used that destroys the growth centre of the hair using chemical or heat energy. A fine probe is inserted into the hair follicle and the hair removed with tweezers. It can be a painful process but your electrologist should be able to give you a topical anesthetic if you need it. The number of sessions you will require will vary from person to person and each session should last between fifteen minutes to an hour.
Laser hair removal uses a powerful laser or intense pulse light (IPL) to remove unwanted hair. It works by heating and destroying hair follicles in the skin. Again this can be a painful process described as feeling like having a rubber band slapped against your face. Your practitioner, however, will usually ease this by applying cool air spray or gel to the area being treated. The number of sessions needed varies and each session will last fifteen minutes to an hour.
Hair removal systems vary but they generally work by shrinking hair roots which stops them in their tracks and prevents hair regrowing. Instructions for use all depend on the product which you are using and the time scale of success in stopping hair growth is product dependent too. Whilst there is a lot of uncertainty around hair removal systems they do come with the benefit of being pain-free.
Natural methods for permanent beard removal are plentiful and include:
- Wheat Bran
- Lemon juice and honey
All the above involve mixing the ingredient with various others and applying the mixture to the face. How they work is not really recorded and nor is how long they take to work. It can be assumed though that these are pain-free ways to try and permanently remove your unwanted beard.
Riscs of beard removal
The mentioned methods above come with number of riscs. Before you opt for one of these treatments, your should consider and keep the riscs on mind. These include:
- Electrolysis – Red, swollen and inflamed skin, keloid scarring and permanent changes in skin colour
- Laser hair removal – Blistered skin, scarring, bruising, burns, change in skin colour and very rarely mottled skin (levido reticularis) or a skin reaction due to prolonged or repeated exposure to IPL (erythema ab igne)
- Hair removal systems – Allergic reactions to ingredients
- Natural methods – Allergic reactions to ingredients
The success of permanent beard removal varies from person to person and the treatment undertaken. Electrolysis is the only route proven to be permanent. But the success possibly depends on the skin tone and hair color of the person. Laser hair removal also varies in success from person to person depending on skin tone and hair color. It also is not strictly permanent and the treatment may need repeating as often as every few months.
Hair removal systems and natural methods based on the knowledge that home treatment is never as successful as professional treatment may not be the answer to your prayers for permanent hair removal. They may, however, be worth experimenting with before moving onto professional solutions.
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