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Facial Hair – You are not alone!

Nothing can make you feel more unfeminine than those thick, ugly hairs sprouting unwanted places especially on the face but remember you are not alone.

We spend thousands of pounds and painstaking hours every year dealing with this unwanted hair. But what causes women to have excess facial hair growth?

We know that PCOS is a hormonal disorder and it is a very common reason for facial hair growth, also any hormonal change such as menopause, diet and stress can all affect our hair growth.

One of the primary issues of facial hair growth is that our insulin-producing cells are creating too much insulin, causing hyperinsulinemia. When insulin is increased our ovaries then start to produce too much testosterone. Excess androgens (testosterone and other “male” hormones) cause ovarian cysts, acne and male pattern hair growth (that can also account for hair loss). The androgens are what turns the hairs on your body from vellus hair (the light, thin hair that covers your body) to terminal hair (thick, dark hair).

Women are made to feel as though hair growth isn’t normal because people don’t talk about! But in fact, it is very, very normal. Everyone has hair, some have more than others some have less, there is nothing stating what the normal amount of hair to have is. PCOS is affecting 1 in 5 women in the UK alone, probably a lot more people than you ever thought.

But what can we do about it?

Unfortunately, there is no cure for facial hair growth, but the symptoms can be managed. Below is a table of pros and cons to common hair removal methods.

METHOD PRO CON
Shaving This is often quick and painless and the common misconception is that the hair will grow back thicker/darker or more hair. This is incorrect, the hairs have been cut so they no longer have a pointy tip they are blunt appearing to feel ‘thicker’ to the touch. Irritation can occur (shaving rash or nicks) and you may need to shave frequently.
Bleaching Lightens the hair that is there, which can make it appear less noticeable. In no way shortens or thins the hair. Can have allergic reactions to the bleach or cause irritation to the skin.
Waxing, threading and plucking Longer-lasting effects of shaving or bleaching. Can be hair free for a number of weeks at a time depending on how fast your hair growth is. Very painful, especially if there is a larger amount of hair to deal with.
Must grow the hair to a certain length for the wax to be able to grip the hair.
Electrolysis An electrical current is used to destroy the hair follicle, which means a hair can’t grow back.
More effective and longer lasting results than waxing, shaving or bleaching.
Very Painful, can only do a small area at a time so would need a number of treatments. Results may take a few months.
Takes a long time.
May need top-ups in the future.
Laser Hair Removal A laser destroys the circulation meaning a hair can never grow back in that follicle again.
Less painful than waxing and electrolysis.
The treatment is very quick.
Longer lasting results than waxing, shaving or bleaching.
May need top-ups in the future.
Will need more than one session so results take a few months.

*PLEASE NOTE – if the hormones are still being produced they will carry on stimulating hair growth, so although a hair won’t grow back in the follicle where the circulation has been killed, you do have thousands of dormant follicles all over your body, and a hormonal fluctuation can make a hair grow in one of these dormant follicles. Unfortunately, you cannot kill a hair until there is one there, therefore you need top up sessions with laser hair removal.

Although laser hair removal can seem expensive it is an investment.
Imagine being able to throw your bleach away or never having to experience getting a wax again?!

As it is hard to take the first step into laser we have asked some of our clients to give us their views on hair removal and how it has worked for them.

Reviews

The results are amazing. I did not think I would see the difference that quickly. I just notice hairs popping out in the last year or two and it was horrible now I am not conscious of it at all. Thanks, girls – A.H.

I had laser hair removal done at Skin Philosophy and now I can’t believe I didn’t do it sooner! I was nervous about going through with this procedure as I had heard stories of the hair growing back patchy and much thicker than before but the ladies at Skin Philosophy put my mind at ease! Before I would feel uncomfortable wearing foundation or powder as I felt like my make-up just sat on top of the hair but now I have a new-found confidence. Best thing I ever did – Anonymous

My hair growth is dense that is the same as a man’s beard. I have had laser done before and it was good results but because of hormones, it has come back. I am delighted with results so far. The results have been much quicker than the last time – Anonymous

Great results. Do it, you will feel so much better! Anonymous

 

Chris

Thank you so much - it's always a brilliant experience
Skin Philosophy, London
5.0
2019-10-11T17:56:30+00:00
Chris Thank you so much - it's always a brilliant experience Skin Philosophy, London 5 2019-10-11T17:56:30+00:00 Thank you so much - it's always a brilliant experience https://www.skinphilosophy.co.uk/testimonials/c/

Justyna

"Great service, great knowledge. I would definitely recommend it."
Skin Philosophy, London
5.0
2015-01-24T08:56:12+00:00
Justyna "Great service, great knowledge. I would definitely recommend it." Skin Philosophy, London 5 2015-01-24T08:56:12+00:00 "Great service, great knowledge. I would definitely recommend it." https://www.skinphilosophy.co.uk/testimonials/john-doe/

Neeta

As always Ismat was a delight and a thorough professional doing my facial. I am really extremely impressed with the service I get every time I come here!! Wouldn’t go anywhere else!
Skin Philosophy, London
5.0
2019-10-11T17:57:17+00:00
Neeta As always Ismat was a delight and a thorough professional doing my facial. I am really extremely impressed with the service I get every time I come here!! Wouldn’t go anywhere else! Skin Philosophy, London 5 2019-10-11T17:57:17+00:00 As always 

Y

"Thank you so much Ismat. You was brilliant, as usual:) . "
Skin Philosophy, London
5.0
2015-01-24T08:57:12+00:00
Y "Thank you so much Ismat. You was brilliant, as usual:) . " Skin Philosophy, London 5 2015-01-24T08:57:12+00:00 "Thank you so much Ismat. You was brilliant, as usual:) . " https://www.skinphilosophy.co.uk/testimonials/jenna-doe/

Elta

My skin has improved in so many ways through the treatments I’ve had to date. Ismat is an excellent therapist. Thank you for a brilliant service.
Skin Philosophy, London
5.0
2019-10-11T17:57:48+00:00
Elta My skin has improved in so many ways through the treatments I’ve had to date. Ismat is an excellent therapist. Thank you for a brilliant service. Skin Philosophy, London 5 2019-10-11T17:57:48+00:00 My skin has improved in so many ways 

Deborah

Excellent, as always!
Skin Philosophy, London
5.0
2019-10-11T18:01:15+00:00
Deborah Excellent, as always! Skin Philosophy, London 5 2019-10-11T18:01:15+00:00 Excellent, as always! https://www.skinphilosophy.co.uk/testimonials/deborah/

Esti

I had micro-needling done by the lovely Annalouise, she’s so knowledgeable and very professional. I’m delighted with my treatment, and looking forward to having more done
Skin Philosophy, London
5.0
2019-10-11T18:09:32+00:00
Esti I had micro-needling done by the lovely Annalouise, she’s so knowledgeable and very professional. I’m delighted with my treatment, and looking forward to having more done Skin Philosophy, London 5 2019-10-11T18:09:32+00:00 I had micro-needling done by the lovely Annalouise, 

Jennifer

Another fabulous, professional & targeted facial with Ismat. Great advice received & my skin looks great afterwards. Thank you.
Skin Philosophy, London
5.0
2019-10-12T08:14:56+00:00
Jennifer Another fabulous, professional & targeted facial with Ismat. Great advice received & my skin looks great afterwards. Thank you. Skin Philosophy, London 5 2019-10-12T08:14:56+00:00 Another fabulous, professional & targeted facial with Ismat. Great advice received & my skin looks 

Wendy

Marvellous treatment
Skin Philosophy, London
5.0
2019-10-12T08:17:09+00:00
Wendy Marvellous treatment Skin Philosophy, London 5 2019-10-12T08:17:09+00:00 Marvellous treatment https://www.skinphilosophy.co.uk/testimonials/wendy/

Sophia

Enjoyed the explanation of what products are doing. Felt very satisfied during the whole experience. Left having topped up my products and ready to make my skin care regime a priority.
Skin Philosophy, London
5.0
2019-10-12T08:19:11+00:00
Sophia Enjoyed the explanation of what products are doing. Felt very satisfied during the whole experience. Left having topped up my products and ready to make my skin care regime a priority. Skin Philosophy, London 5 2019-10-12T08:19:11+00:00 Enjoyed the explanation 

Alexandra

My appointment was on time. I was sufficiently numb before treatment started so had no discomfort during it. Annalouise was very professional and I’ll continue to have treatments with her.
Skin Philosophy, London
5.0
2019-10-12T08:20:02+00:00
Alexandra My appointment was on time. I was sufficiently numb before treatment started so had no discomfort during it. Annalouise was very professional and I’ll continue to have treatments with her. Skin Philosophy, London 5 2019-10-12T08:20:02+00:00 My appointment was on 

Hilarie

Ismat was excellent. Lots of advice and feedback about my skin. Thorough but gentle. 5*
Skin Philosophy, London
5.0
2019-10-12T08:20:32+00:00
Hilarie Ismat was excellent. Lots of advice and feedback about my skin. Thorough but gentle. 5* Skin Philosophy, London 5 2019-10-12T08:20:32+00:00 Ismat was excellent. Lots of advice and feedback about my skin. Thorough but gentle. 5* https://www.skinphilosophy.co.uk/testimonials/hilarie/

Louisa

Everything was perfect and I’m so excited to get started 🙂
Skin Philosophy, London
5.0
2019-10-12T08:21:09+00:00
Louisa Everything was perfect and I’m so excited to get started 🙂 Skin Philosophy, London 5 2019-10-12T08:21:09+00:00 Everything was perfect and I’m so excited to get started 🙂 https://www.skinphilosophy.co.uk/testimonials/louisa/

Helen

Ismat was lovely and I felt confident in the treatment approach
Skin Philosophy, London
5.0
2019-10-12T08:21:41+00:00
Helen Ismat was lovely and I felt confident in the treatment approach Skin Philosophy, London 5 2019-10-12T08:21:41+00:00 Ismat was lovely and I felt confident in the treatment approach https://www.skinphilosophy.co.uk/testimonials/helen/

N

I always enjoy the relaxed and friendly atmosphere at Skin Philosophy. They handle even the most intimate procedures in a way that instantly puts me at my ease. I can totally recommend them!
Skin Philosophy, London
5.0
2019-10-12T08:22:11+00:00
N I always enjoy the relaxed and friendly atmosphere at Skin Philosophy. They handle even the most intimate procedures in a way that instantly puts me at my ease. I can totally recommend them! Skin Philosophy, London 5 2019-10-12T08:22:11+00:00 I 

K

Ismat was great! Friendly and very kind.
Skin Philosophy, London
5.0
2019-10-12T08:23:28+00:00
K Ismat was great! Friendly and very kind. Skin Philosophy, London 5 2019-10-12T08:23:28+00:00 Ismat was great! Friendly and very kind. https://www.skinphilosophy.co.uk/testimonials/k/

Natalie

Such lovely people and really thorough work. The people that treat you are super calming and talkative.
Skin Philosophy, London
5.0
2019-10-12T08:26:57+00:00
Natalie Such lovely people and really thorough work. The people that treat you are super calming and talkative. Skin Philosophy, London 5 2019-10-12T08:26:57+00:00 Such lovely people and really thorough work. The people that treat you are super calming and talkative. 

Tara

I can’t praise Maria and the team highly enough, they know their stuff. I’m glowing and confident after a visit and thrilled with the results.
Skin Philosophy, London
5.0
2019-10-12T08:28:46+00:00
Tara I can’t praise Maria and the team highly enough, they know their stuff. I’m glowing and confident after a visit and thrilled with the results. Skin Philosophy, London 5 2019-10-12T08:28:46+00:00 I can’t praise Maria and the team highly enough, 

Teresa

Lovely lady. Thank you for taking card of me with excellent advice and care.
Skin Philosophy, London
5.0
2019-10-12T08:29:27+00:00
Teresa Lovely lady. Thank you for taking card of me with excellent advice and care. Skin Philosophy, London 5 2019-10-12T08:29:27+00:00 Lovely lady. Thank you for taking card of me with excellent advice and care. https://www.skinphilosophy.co.uk/testimonials/teresa/

Suzi

Absolutely LOVE having my facials at Skin Philosophy. I feel like I get the best advice and treatment each time and will not be going anywhere else going forward! Such a wonderful experience. Thanks!
Skin Philosophy, London
5.0
2019-10-12T08:30:23+00:00
Suzi Absolutely LOVE having my facials at Skin Philosophy. I feel like I get the best advice and treatment each time and will not be going anywhere else going forward! Such a wonderful experience. Thanks! Skin Philosophy, London 5 2019-10-12T08:30:23+00:00 

Sophie

So thankful for Ismat, she was so welcoming and answered all my millions of questions and explained each treatment. I can’t believe what a difference it has made already after one facial, can’t wait for my next. This is such a game changer for me and for the first time ever I’m make up free and feeling good. See you soon!
Skin Philosophy, London
5.0
2019-10-12T08:24:46+00:00
Sophie So thankful for Ismat, she was so welcoming and answered all my millions of questions and explained each treatment. I can’t believe what a difference it has made already after one facial, can’t wait for my next. This is 
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