Unwanted facial hair can be a deceptively tricky problem to solve.

You may have tried several different methods for removing unwanted facial hair and found them time-consuming, painful or the results disappointing.

The good news is that today there are plenty of options available.

You may find one that works best for you. Many women use a combination of treatment options to manage their unwanted facial hair. Some of these options are available from your chemist. Others are available only with a prescription from your doctor and may be eligible for coverage by the NHS.
Each method of dealing with unwanted facial hair has its pros and cons with regard to time, cost, effectiveness, discomfort, side effects, etc. So finding the treatments that are right for you may take some trial and error in cooperation with your doctor. Here are some options to consider:


Cosmetic treatments

These are treatments that can be done yourself or by a beautician without the supervision of a doctor.

Professional treatments

These treatments do not by law require a doctor’s supervision. However, to be safe and effective, they do need to be performed by a well-trained professional.

Medical treatments

Psychological treatment

The effects of unwanted facial hair can be more than cosmetic – they can also be emotional and psychological. Studies have proven that unwanted facial hair can have a number of negative psychological effects that may decrease a woman’s quality of life and therefore warrant treatment. If unwanted hair growth is troubling you, affecting your daily life, causing you anxiety, or making you depressed, you should talk to your doctor.


Questions to ask your doctor about treatments:

1. What are the side-effects?
2. What type of results can be expected?
3. How long will it take to show results?
4. How much will it cost?
5. What is the regimen for taking the treatment?

Date of preparation: February 2011 / Code: UKEFL0485