21 January 2014

Facial Hair, Laser Hair & other Hair Removal and Make up Routine to cover Facial hair, Lumps & Bumps.



Hello beauties, boy have I picked a topic to post about today!

Before I start, I hope anyone who comes across this posts treats it as the sensitive issue that it is, I know so many suffer from unwanted facial hair, Some have done something about it like me, and others stay silent and upset about it. Just remember its taking alot of courage to come forward to talk about it, as its very personal and upsetting and even for those who may comment who suffer, Just know you are not alone and there are ways to help aid your unwanted hair and I just hope this helps.


Facial Hair, Laser Hair Removal and a High coverage foundation have now become factors in my every day wake up / skin care / makeup routine and as a 25 year old female, this upsets me immensely. Before I dive on in with the pictures and the sob story I just want to highlight that this post has taken me WEEKS to build up the courage to write and get together. As a young woman, as a new blogger wanting to grow and make videos, and as a voice that wants to be heard and not laughed at, I'm not gonna lie ladies, I had to strap on a pair of balls to write this post because It's something I struggle with daily and I wasn't sure if this was something I wanted to share as its just so personal and would hate for any of my readers to jest about it or see me in a different light and deem me unfit to give beauty advice but, the more bloggers I've spoken to about it encouraged me to post and vlog about it and well... here we are.


I was diagnosed with POS ( polytheistic ovaries )(link) about 4 years ago, it's affected my weight, and my body hair, specifically on my face. It doesn't help being Italian either, as you could imagine my mustache and chin hair, not to mention sideburns and now along my contour line is the kind of hair that young pubescent boys lust after. I can laugh about it now but it's been quite the topic of tears in my life. Before I had been diagnosed, I lived with an old flatmate and she used to get laser surgery on her chin, and in between her sessions she had to shave her chin ( yes I can hear you gasping already ) and this was to help all the hair grow evenly to help remove the hair come the next treatment. Well me thinking I knew it all back then, I started shaving thinking I could get it done in fewer treatments, I even purchased my own laser machine from boots so I could do it from the comforts of my own home. I was 19, with chin hair and I thought my life was over, I didn't want to have to go into work with the hair growing in before a treatment or worse have to lie and put a bandage over my whole chin just to cover all the stubble! Suffice to say, The machine didn't work and here I am, almost 26 with a beard that could rival my boyfriends If I don't shave it everyday.

Here are some pictures that just speak 1,000 words.
This is just 24 hours after not shaving.. then what it looks like shaved, dry and sensitive and then my makeup with how I cover the redness, lumps and bumps and any stubble.


Before shaving / after shaving / after makeup







I used to search all the time for videos from beauty gurus on youtube looking for a foundation or concealer that could help cover hair, cover the redness and cover all the lumps and bumps I had from shaving. I have tried anti retardation creams, pills, foams, gels, creams.. you name it and nothing stops it from being so aggressive, so thick and with my POS thrown into the mix, it seems like its never going away, and its only growing more on my face. This is one of the many reasons Fatbeautyx was started. As I have tried so many high coverage foundations and so many high coverage concealers I'm constantly on the look out for products from big and new companys and im just yet to find my saving grace.


Recently my GP has informed me I may be able to apply for funding to get laser hair removal on the NHS. This could be a lengthy process but I'm rather confident with the above pictures in mind, I will be granted funding. Hopefully I'll be able to video and blog that journey, but in the mean time.. I wonder If I'm alone in my hairiness. I wonder how many other girls have got facial hair problems and are thinking of shaving or bleaching and I thought I could shed some light on the subject, Talk about tools I use for Waxing, Bleaching and of course, a video on my foundation routine that I feel helps me reduce the sign of redness, the prickly skin  on my chin with lumps and bumps and any hairs I may miss etc.


Waxing

For my eyebrows and mustache I use the Rio Total Body Waxing Hair Removal Kit (link) £39.00
There are loads of wax pot heaters and you can buy either hard wax which require no strips or you can use soft wax where you will need strips but this kit has everything, It comes with the pot heater, 3  rings of hard wax, a huge tub of soft wax, the applicator sticks, strips and a small tube of wax remover to use your the wax pot.  


If you did want to see a video of me using this to do my moustach, please let me know as I can show you how I do that! Now I appreciate not everyone will want to buy their wax kit and they need something just to get them buy for their moustach. If thats the case and you are happy tweezing the rest but its your moustach that needs to be looked after then I'd reccomend the Veet Face Ready-to-Use Wax Strips £5.99 (link





the pack comes with set wax stips with the wax already in a rough shape for your upper lip, just rub the strips between your hands to warm the wax then pull the strip apart to reveal 2 strips with wax and place and your upper lip and remember to pull the outside of your mouth inwards as you want to pull the hair out from the opposite way it grows out.

There are so many different strips to use, ones for more sensitive skin or different area's of the body, pop into your local boots/superdrug or asda to see the complete waxing strip range.


Bleaching

Bleaching can be great on the moustache or sideburns if the hair is soft but darker and you want to hide it. My chin and moustache are a beyond bleaching now as ive been waxing my moustache since i was 16.  I use Jolen which I get from my local boots. I only now use this on my sideburns to lighten them and help my foundation to sit over it.

If you did want to see a video of me bleaching my sideburns please just let me know :) There is once again many different facial bleaches you can use and you can check them all out in your local boots / superdrug and see which one you think may be for you.

I'd always reccomend doing a patch test with any product you are going to use. The face is a very sensitive area and with using waxes, creams or bleaches its always wise to do a test area and wait to see if you react before commencing on your hair ridding journey!


Makeup routine



For me, this is my current foundation routine. I find I get great results using these products together and my make up stays put while im out partying the night away of at work infront of all the customers.


producto used :
Kiko Perfect Base Corrector Primer
Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser
Seventeen Phwoarr Paint Concealer
Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in 103 True Ivory
Ebay Real Technique Dupe Stippling brush
Rimmel Wame Me Up Concealer in Ivory
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in 005 Silky Beige
Ebay Real Technique Dupe expert face brush
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Give Me Sun
Clinique blush in 110 Precious Posy
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle
Naked 3 Palette using Limit on the lid, Nooner in my crease, and dust in the inner corner of my eye.
Clinque High Lengths Mascara
L'oreal Colour Riche Julianne's Nude lipstick



Disclaimer - I in no way wanted to highlight that shaving is a good idea and in no way want people to copy me or do what I do. This is how I deal with MY facial hair and I hope that anyone reading this, who may have already started shaving, might be able to pick up some tips or tricks or find any of my points helpful. Maybe I have caught you just in time and you haven't yet shaved but were thinking about it. Please don't. Please rethink shaving. Wax or if you can bleach but once you start shaving, you can't go back, It's not something you want to start doing. 


I hope to keep you all updated in regards to the funding for getting laser hair removal and ill keep you updated with my foundation routine if it changes!


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52 comments:

  1. I love this post!!! Really hope you get the funding as you would totally benefit from the results! But you look amazing and Im sure these posts will help so many other girls! xxxxx

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    1. Maxine, Thanks so much for commenting!! I really hope I get the funding too! Fingers crossed aye! I can only hope it helps someone as I wish I had read a post like this before I plucked a single hair on my body lol :)

      xxxxxx

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  2. Wow Lucie.
    Firstly, I'd just like to say well done for writing this post. It must have taken a lot of courage!

    All women suffer with a degree of unwanted body hair (be it legs, arms, eyebrows -y'know, the 'acceptable stuff,), but I think there are more people out there than we realise with issues elsewhere. I have a friend with POS and she struggles, so I'm gonna show her your blog. Me, well, I have dark eyebrows.., so that equals 'tache too!

    By no means is my experience parallel to yours, but I know what a pain in the arse it is just dealing with that, and the odd random hair elsewhere. As women, we're under incredible pressure to achieve a perfect, acceptable look...and it's maddening. So good for you for speaking out about it,I'm sure you're helping LOADS of people.

    Love your blog and your honest writing.

    Faith x

    wwww.musicandeyeliner.co.uk. // @musicneyeliner

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    1. Thankyou so so much for taking the time to leave me a comment Faith!
      Writing the post was hard, clicking publish was harder haha. It's a topic I could talk about for hours, just not a topic I enjoy, but I'm lucky enough to have great friends and pretty thick skin ( despite it being so hairy ) that I can sort of step out into the lime light and shine a spotlight on my hairy chin and talk about it, in the hopes it might help someone else. So so so many woman suffer with unwanted body hair like you say and if they maintain it the wrong way it could easily lead to stubble or thicker darker hairs. I really hope you do pass my link to your friend and she's able to gain something from this post or even just to know that shes got a hairy friend here :)

      Thanks again Faith, Will be popping to your site now xxxxxx

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  3. Go you for putting this post up! Super proud of you. Fingers crossed you get the nhs funding! xx

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    1. Thanks for commenting Alana! Means so much my friends are posting supportive comments <3 *fingers crossed* xxx

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  4. Go you for writing this post, as you say it's such a sensitive subject and I'm sure it will help so many girls! Good luck with the funding :) xx

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    1. Thanks so much Lydia!! I really hope it does help, even if it puts people off from using certain hair removal methods, I've done my job haha :) Thanks again my sweet xxx

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  5. First and foremost, well done on sharing your tips. This must have been difficult thinking about it but you should be very proud of yourself chic. Well done, proud of you.
    Hopefully something can be done for you in regards to NHS funding because laser can cost an extreme amount of money.

    You do your make up beautifully, it really is amazing how you use your coverage to conceal during the day and on your nights out.
    Well done chic :-)

    Rachael x
    All The Little Things x | Rachael McClenaghan

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    1. Ah Rachael! Thankyou so much for your lovely comment as always! :D *hugs* You have been supporting me since my blog started and I'm so thankful you still come over and support me <3 Fingers crossed for NHS Funding xxx

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    1. Thanks so much Francesca :D It's amazing what it can cover up!! :D <3 xxxx

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  7. It takes so much courage to write this post.
    To be honest with you, I don't think I could be brave enough to write about it.
    Don't worry, you are not the only one. Most girls have facial hair, some have a smaller problem, some others bigger.
    With your tips you can help girls with the same problem feel better.

    I'm new here, please check my blog too if you find time.

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    1. Demi, Thankyou so much for your comment! It's not brave at all, its due to all these amazing supportive comments that make me happy I did post about it. It's so sad society has got us convinced we have to keep this things like this quiet in fear of being laughed at or bullied. Lets hope other girls find this helpful too :)

      I'll be sure to visit your blog, I don't need to find time, I'll make time :) x
      xx

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  8. First of all I want to congratulate you for having the courage to write this post. I know it must be really difficult and very few people would have the courage to do this! I'm very proud of you!
    I think this will be great for other girls with the same situation as you...even if they aren't readers of your blog, people look for this things and they will find it, and I think it will be amazing for them!
    I also want to say that despite everything you do an excellent job with coverage!
    I wish the best of luck of getting the funding ;)

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    1. Thankyou very much Hun! I really hope any girls typing in how to hide their stubble or information on shaving and chin hair come across this post and see they have other options rather then shaving!

      Thanks also for the compliment, I happen to think I the makeup look provides a great coverage thats affordable!!

      Fingers crossed for the funding <3
      xxxxxx

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  9. I would like to say I think you are very brave for writing this post - I can relate but would never have enough courage to do what you have done! xx

    Jordan-Alice

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    1. Thankyou so much Jordan :D <3 xxxxxx

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  10. I wrote this on the video on your channel as well but after finishing the blogpost I have to say it again. I whole-hearted am sorry you have to suffer from this (and for so long!) and completely admire your strength. I loved through the whole video (which I can imagine may have felt difficult to post) you were making jokes and smiling! I'd not known before this post that you had PCOS and that says something; your personality is so powerful! I do not have this problem, but can sympathize and can see how helpful this video and post is for those with a facial hair problem. I actually found this whole post quite inspiring. Your attitude, the topic, the help you're sharing with others... You're a great person Lucie!!

    Much Love,
    -Stephanie Eva

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    1. Aw Stephanie <3 Just saw both comments. So lovely of you! I guess it's not the kind of thing you shout from the rooftops but its amazing how many have got similar issues, even without having POS people have so much unwanted facial hair so wanted to show my makeup as I do get told I have a flawless look and I do have a lil chuckle to myself " IF ONLY YOU KNEWWWW" haha and welllll now you all do :P

      xxxxx

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  11. Omg I would never have known, your foundation is flawless!! xx

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    1. :D That's the point hehe Thanks so much Natalie! xxx

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  12. Forgot to say in the other comment, check your emails!! haha xx

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    1. haha I do! lol did you not get my reply comment? x

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  13. ALOT of respect for you for posting about such a sensitive subject. I bet it has taken a lot of courage and bravery to do this.
    Whilst I do not suffer from this myself, my mum does and I know she hates it so much. She spends most mornings having to pluck and tweeze and wax her face with very little effect and has to do it every day.

    You are beautiful and such a lovely person, it doesn't change who you are :D xxxx

    Rheya xx | PixiRella

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    1. Aw Rheya <3 Thanks so much hunny xxxxx

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  14. respect for being brave enough for posting something like this: I'm pretty sure there are a lot of women with facial hair who are too embarrassed to post anything online or try to seek help or advise others. I'm sure you'll now help a whole host of girls and women with the same problem you have- you go girl!
    xxx

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    1. Thanks for your comment Maya! There has already been so many come forward with their story, its really been quite moving. I'm so glad I posted, I hope this post continues to grow and reach people who have the same problem! :)

      xxx

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  15. I hope you get the funding but for now your foundation looks flawless, I would have never known! I'm sure this post has helped so many people and you are very brave and beautiful (: Glad I found you through #lbloggers xx

    mypalaceofalice.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks so much Alice! :D I hope it can help anyone! Thanks for your lovely compliment! I'm glad you found me too! Heading over to your blog now <3 xx

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  16. You are a brave woman for writing this post! You do an amazing job with your makeup. In the US laser hair removal isn't not as expensive as it was several years ago. I've had a few areas lasered (including upper lip) and it's amazing and worth every penny to me. I really hope you get the funding!

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    1. Hey hun!
      Thanks so much for your lovely comment! I like to think I do a good job, people always seem so surprised when they know whats underneath the makeup! I really hope I get the funding too! Thanks so much x

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  17. Your going to be such an inspiration to other women, amazing post I'm so glad you've done it as so many people are looking up to you right now. All my fingers crossed you get the funding :-* xx

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    1. I hope so hun! I keep tweeting about this to get new people to read it hoping it will make an impression on someone or help a new person so its lovely this is still getting comments. That means people are still coming across it which means it could still be helping! :D xx

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  18. This post must have taken so much courage to write and take pictures of--you get mad props and applause for that. I've always had thick hair everywhere because I'm Filipino/German, which is like the worst possible genetic combination IMO. People don't realize thick hair on the head = thick hair everywhere else lol. I've found shaving my upper lip with a beauty razor (the tiny kind with little safety wires) is much easier for me and hasn't caused any shaving bumps, but for my chin my hairs are wispy I razor them and when I do get the occasional stiff ones I just pluck them. To be honest, I've never even considered getting waxed because it seems too abrasive for the face, and I haven't had any problems at all with beauty razors. Is there anything you can do hormonally that might lessen the facial hair problem? I'm sorry you have to deal with all that and trying to find foundations that work =(

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    1. Thankyou so much for taking the time to comment hun! Yes I must admit i was a tad worried about everyone seeing all the hairs but.. it had to be done! I can imagine filipino / german is a crazy mix and I don't doubt thats a deadly combo! I use a beauty razor on my eyebrows for shaping as its so much easier, to shape the top but end up waxing everywhere else. hormonal no, I have tried certain pills and creams and its not done anything :( Thankfully im not alone in this and everyone has been so supportive its not left much room for negativity so just keeping on going strong, trying new high coverage products so share with everyone and hope to help others not feel alone with their unwanted hair!

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  19. Well done you on being so brave to post about this condition , my neice olso suffers terribly from this . It has ruined her teenage years, shes getting laser treatment at hospital at last . Fantastic post xxx

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment. So sorry to hear about your niece. It really is a problem with so many women :( So glad she was able to get laser treatment xxxx

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  20. Well done on being brave enough to post this, and with accompanying pics (that can't have been easy). You are really beautiful, even moreso with such bravery, and facial hair genuinely doesn't detract from that in the slightest, no matter how much it might feel that way sometimes x (and no doubt there's no shortage of admirers telling you the same :-) )

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    1. Thank you so much for commenting! What a lovely thing to say! I really appreciate you taking the time to comment :D <3 xxxxxxxx

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  21. WOW! This is like my biggest issue right now and I so have to say that yeah sometimes it is something that can reduce me to tears teamed with the crazy hormones that PCOS seems to throw around. It is so refereshing to read a beauty blog post that speaks to me so strongly. I am have italian blood too so its a fricking nightmare. Honestly thank you so much for writing this its just really nice to know someone is speaking out about it. Much love to you lovely xxxx

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    1. Oh hun thanks so much for commenting! It means the world to me you stubbled onto this and left some love! Its such a sensitive subject and I only wish more lovely ladies felt like they could speak out about it! Im always here if you want to talk, my email is plastered all over my blog etc and would always show you my beard just to cheer you up if that helped :P

      You are not alone my pretty :) So don't ever feel you have to deal with it alone xxx

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    2. You are such a sweetheart we defo need to chat some more xxx

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    3. Aw <3 I love chinwags! Deffo thinking we need to chat more too! ... Sending you a tweet of love now! :P

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  22. Wow, this post made me feel so emotional. It's so important that this is being highlighted since a lot of people do struggle with it. I'm in awe over your bravery and I just want to give you a hug. I'm never going to complain about my 20 dark hairs under my chin or my very blonde and almost invisable down in my face. I've got no reason to complain and this was an eye opener. Continue to be your beautiful self and I have so much respect for what you do. xxx

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    1. Aw Mookie, Thankyou so so much for commenting lovely. It was emotional to write to tell you the truth haha, but I do find I can jest about it now because I'm so open about it and have sort of got this bravado going on where I dont give a shit but still give a shit haha. I dont see it as bravery anymore, It just doesn't bother me to be this center peice for this issue, I'm happy to step out and show you all my hairyness and HOPEFULLY * fingers crossed * when I have my meeting on Tuesday * YAY * I can do a follow up post about getting laser on NHS :D

      Don't feel that your 20 dark hairs are any less upsetting though, its all relative. Be it 20 or 50. none of them are easy to deal with so dont belittle it hun :) We all have our demons.. mine just grow all over my face haha

      MWAH xxxxxxxxx Thanks so much for commenting hun x

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  23. Thank you for writing this post, it's something I have personally struggled with for a long time, i'm the same age as you and still feel extremely paranoid. I use bleach for my sideburns and upper lip, thankfully that is enough for those areas. Unfortunately I've got black hair and they finely cover my cheeks, although can be covered wit make up. I did the home laser like you, but I actually believe it's made things much worse, some hairs were fine, but I learnt that the laser can 'awaken' hairs and make them much thicker, as thicker hairs are more effective for laser treatment. Laser isn't actually a permanent solution either, there is usually regrowth within a year. I'm currently looking into electrolysis, as it's said to have the best results, but it's just so expensive. Hopefully I can get it soon! Good luck with your hair removal journey, it's good to know we're not alone!

    P.s your make-up is flawless!

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    1. Hi darling!

      Thanks so much for commenting! I'm so jealous you can bleach yours. I'm well passed that :/ Though I did have my consultation with the Skin specialists and I have been accepted to get my Laser hair done on the NHS so there will be a post and a little video explaining my consultation and the next step for me so I hope you will check back! :D

      You were right, any kind of activity be it shaving, waxing and awake hairs and make them grow thicker. I personally would rather have electrolysis but if I can get laser on the NHS to reduce it, I might be able to get away with only a few treatments of electrolysis!

      bloody hair!
      fingers crossed for the both of us!

      PS thankyou :P xxxxx

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  24. Thank you for this post. It is wonderful, although it is awful that anyone is in the position to have to write it, if you know what I mean! Great news that you can get laser hair removal on the NHS, and so you bloody well should if it will improve your quality of life! Good luck, keep us informed! Simone xx
    http://thirtysomethingoap.co.uk

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  25. I also struggle with this though to be fair most of my chin hair is blonde so it's not as difficult to cope with. I've been convinced I have PCOS for a long a time because I have all of the symptoms - except when they scanned me I didn't have any cysts. So I don't know, maybe it's just hormones. I really hope you get the NHS funding, I would love to have laser treatment but it's so expensive. A brave post and you are obviously not alone, so thank you for sharing your story. I use Nair personally and bleach sometimes,home waxing gave me a horrible rash and I'm too embarrassed to go get my face waxed in a salon, stupid I know but there you go. Good luck with everything :-) xo

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  26. Omg this post made me cry. I am 29. Laser made it worse for me. i had been diagnosed with policystic ovaries when I was 16. Wasted thousands of pounds on laser. Because they didn't advise me to first have my hormones under control before doing laser. Now I have to shave twice a day. because it's just horrible. Thank you so much for this post though. Much love and luck to you. Xo Zoë

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  27. Zoë again. Also the only way I could remove the hair and not worry about it for 48 hours is with this is to be a social recluse for a few days or a week then pluck every single hair. Waxing won't work anymore because it will take my skin off and not the hair because they are so thick. thank you bewt. X

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