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8 Ways to Discuss Facial Hair Removal With Clients

By: Siân Morris, PhD
Posted: August 1, 2011, from the August 2011 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
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Fact: Hair removal creams contain powerful ingredients to weaken the hair just below the skin’s surface, so that when the cream is wiped off, the hair comes off where it was weakened. It doesn’t dissolve the root of the hair, so the hair will eventually grow back. Surface contact with the ingredients can cause skin irritation, especially on the delicate facial area. Make sure to provide clients with at-home products if they are planning to use hair removal creams at home to pre-moisturize in order to protect the skin.

Myth: Facial hair removal is painful and can cause trauma to the skin.

Fact: Certain root hair removal methods, such as waxing, threading and tweezing, may be painful and cause irritation for some women. These methods can also break the skin, as the hair is pulled from the root, causing mild trauma.

Myth: Facial hair removal causes visible irritation and redness, so it should be done well in advance of special occasions or going out in public.

Fact: Although some facial hair removal methods may cause pain or irritation, it’s important to work with your client to ensure skin has been pre-conditioned with a proper routine of exfoliation and moisturizing to help guard against the unwanted effects of facial hair removal.

5. Help clients determine their facial hair type.