Body Sugaring has been endorsed by Dermatologists as a safe and effective method of hair removal, even for those with sensitive skin or unable to tolerate other more traumatic hair removal treatments such as waxing.
Sugaring is especially good for removing short facial hair and shaping eyebrows. Sugar does not stick to the skin but only to hair and therefore will not traumatise the skin. By keeping skin irritation to a minimum and not causing hair breakages it leaves the skin much smoother for longer.
The majority of hair on a woman’s face (except the eyebrows) is normally fine and sometimes referred to as “peach fuzz”. However facial hair can vary from light and thin, to dark and thick.
Hair will often appear on the upper lip and this can be due to genetics, hormonal disorders or other body imbalances. About 1 in 14 women will have hirsutism, which is a condition where there is ‘excessive’ body hair growth and it can be classified as mild, moderate or severe.
There are, however, some medical conditions which can cause moderate or severe hirsutism, the most likely of which is polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, which accounts for 72-82% of all cases. PCOS is a hormonal disorder affecting between 8-20% of women worldwide. There are other causes too, such as idiopathic hyperandrogenemia, a condition where women have excessive levels of male hormones like testosterone, which explains another 6-15% of cases.
The general patterns of female hair distribution are shown below - for front and back views - with the increasing general degrees of severity going from left to right. Nine key body areas are indicated (upper lip, chin, chest, upper stomach, lower stomach, upper arms, upper legs, upper back and lower back):
Genetics also plays a major role in determining the degree of body hair and a recent study has reported the general percentage of females with at least some upper lip hair according to race: Indian ~ 60%; Hispanic ~ 50%; AfroCaribbean ~ 40%; Japanese ~ 25%; Caucasian ~ 20%.
A particularly powerful RECOMMENDATION for Sugaring Hair Removal and facial Sugaring, has been posted by the PCOS-PROJECT. This is a dedicated blog and resource advising on all aspects of dealing with PCOS from the perspective of those living with the condition. Excessive hair growth and how to manage it can be a key concern for many of those with PCOS.
It has been estimated that women in the UK spend on average 104 minutes per week managing their facial hair. Excessive facial hair can also impact body image and cause emotional stress and anxiety, especially in social situations.
For women, the key areas for facial sugaring are: the eyebrows (for shaping and shape correction); upper lip, chin, and the cheeks and cheekbones.
Eyebrow sugaring is a wonderful way to shape the brows because it is gentle to the skin and can last for weeks at a time. With the skin around the eye area being sensitive, clients love sugaring because it does not stick to the skin. Hair removal is in the direction of hair growth so there is overall less ‘tugging’ and the brows don’t get as pink, so that clients can easily continue with their day.
(Post Script: For MEN, Facial Sugaring can be used around the edges of a haircut to tidy the forehead, neck & temples; it is also excellent for the eyebrows, as well as for nose and ear hairs. It is not recommended for the beard area).
Medications can interfere with facial hair removal and care should be taken with all treatments. For example, antibiotics can cause skin to be ultra-sensitive and prone to redness. Acutane will also leave the skin extremely thin, photosensitive and more reactive. It is therefore important to check details with all clients in order to avoid side-effects, and to check on any background medical conditions such as Lupus where any form of hair removal is not recommended.
Sugaring has been recommended as a key option for gentle hair removal and is particularly effective for the face and even for those with sensitive skin.
This is in contrast to many attempts at waxing for the face.
The website livestrong.com provides key WARNINGS that after facial waxing … “you will be homebound for a minimum of 24 hours. Yes, your skin is sensitive during this period and vulnerable to infection”. In addition they note that “redness of the face is almost always an issue after waxing and may last up to one week, depending on the integrity and health of your skin”.
The gentle nature of Sugaring allows it be applied more than once to any area of the face during a session and along the line of the eyebrows to catch any hair left behind.
Most wax is only supposed to be used once on an area during treament as it adheres to and can damage the skin. After waxing any rogue hairs need to pulled out with tweezers, and waxing is also much more likely to cause hair breakage and ingrown hairs with unsightly spots!
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