British Medical Journal and The Guardian have an overview on removing unwanted facial hair for women, with a focus on eflornithine:
Sometimes, there’s no obvious cause for unwanted facial hair. It might be inherited, so if your mother or grandmother had a lot of noticeable hair on her face, you might get it too. But there’s also a medical condition, called polycystic ovary syndrome, which can cause more hair to grow on your face.
The newest treatment for facial hair is a cream called eflornithine (brand name Vaniqa). It works to slow down the rate at which hair grows. You need a prescription from your doctor for this cream. You rub a thin layer of cream into your skin twice a day. You shouldn’t wash the areas treated for four hours afterwards.
Wilkinson Sword has announced a new product launch:
The Wilkinson Sword 2 in 1 Quattro for Woman Bikini will combine a battery operated waterproof trimmer at one end, which can be used in the shower, with an adjustable length comb. When flipped over, there is a Quattro for Women razor head, with four blades and two conditioning strips with aloe and vitamin B complex.
The Green Bay Press-Gazette profiles Robin Smet of Aesthetic Spa in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin:
Fifteen years ago, she started a very small, one-person shop and did everything. The building was razed to build a Walgreens store at Cormier Road and Oneida Street, Ashwaubenon. She moved Ashwaubenon Electrolysis to Ramada Way and began doing laser treatments. Four and a half years ago, she diversified and changed the name to Aesthetic Spa to encompass all of the result-oriented skin care her business provided.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a Public Health Advisory to alert consumers, patients, health care professionals, and caregivers about potentially serious and life-threatening side effects from the improper use of skin numbing products. The products, also known as topical anesthetics, are available in over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription forms.
The FDA strongly advises consumers not to:
make heavy application of topical anesthetic products over large areas of skin;
use formulations that are stronger or more concentrated than necessary;
apply these products to irritated or broken skin;
wrap the treated skin with plastic wrap or other dressings; and
apply heat from a heating pad to skin treated with these products.
impairs ability to gauge overtreatment
dangerous in combination with pain medications
can cause severe allergic reaction
use on a large area can reach toxic levels of drug absorption
Topical preparations are generally a very good option to reduce hair removal pain, but it’s important to be careful when using them on large areas like the back or legs. Do a test with the product on a small area, then wait a few days before undergoing a procedure using a large dose. If you have a noticeable skin reaction to the test dose (itching, blistering, skin color change lasting more than a few hours), you should not use the topical over a large area.
Maria Jorica B. Pamintuan at The Philippine Star has a cute essay filled with observations about hair removal:
This brings us to the two types of body hair: the hair we like, and the hair we don’t…. Professional hair removal is a good, albeit expensive, option as well. Bottom line is we shave, we wax, or we pluck because we feel better about our bodies when we do so. We desperately try to remove the hair we don’t want, and try to multiply — or preserve — and primp the hair that we do.