by April Reinhardt
(last updated August 12, 2015)
There are three types of hair that grow on our bodies at different stages of life. While still inside the womb, a baby grows protective hair called lanugo. Shortly after birth, our bodies develop vellus, which is a very light hair, and we continue to grow that hair over our entire body for the rest of our lives. And then there is the terminal, or androgenic, hair that appears during puberty. Terminal hair is brought on by changes in hormone levels in the body. It is more coarse and long than vellus and is found in armpits, the pubic region, the chin and beard region, and on the scalp. Women have lesser amounts of androgens in their bodies than do men, so they typically grown less terminal hair.
But what if you are a woman and find that you have facial hair growing where you don't want it to grow? Perhaps you find facial hair unsightly and want to remove it. There are several methods for removing facial hair:
Whatever method you choose to remove unwanted facial hair, make sure that your skin is in good shape before you begin. Never remove facial hair from sunburned skin, and if you have acne or facial wounds, allow them to heal before using chemicals or wax on your face.
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