Should You Tweeze Your Chin?

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Those pesky little--or extremely long--hairs that come up on your chin drive you crazy. Sometimes they just come out of nowhere. But what should you do with them? You never know if anyone notices them or how long they've been there--and you certainly don't want more or darker ones to come back. Before you pluck, consider what you are doing and what other options you have.

Things You'll Need

  • Tweezers
  • Wax
  • Dermatologist visit (optional)
  • Consider waxing. If you have several hairs on your chin, waxing might be the best option. It may sting a little and could cause some redness for several hours, but it's usually one painful moment at a time, rather than several if you tweeze. Some think waxing gets rid of the hairs for longer, but they generally still come back and produce more hairs in the area or darker hairs in the future. Follow directions on the wax kit for the best results and consult a dermatologist if the area you wax stays irritated for a long period of time.

  • Look into laser hair removal. If you can afford it and you think it's worth it, laser hair removal might be a good option for chin hair removal if you have several hairs that bother you. Some say the hairs stay away for long periods of time or even forever, but some pesky hairs could return. See your dermatologist or local laser hair specialist for more information about the effects, as every companies' treatment and results varies.

  • Determine if shaving is a better option. Only shave the chin hair if the area is a large one. This is not a popular option as the hair is certain to come back fast and possibly could have more if you shave often.

  • Get the tweezers out. After determining several options to get rid of your chin hair, you may determine tweezing is the best option for your case. It could be helpful if you only have a few stray hairs from time to time. Tweezing can keep hairs away for a while, but they still are likely to come back, often thicker and darker, and could cause scarring, especially on darker skin.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure your skin, especially the area directly around the hair, is clean before you tweeze, wax or shave to lessen the possibility of infection or pimples. Also, make sure the utensil you use is sanitary.
  • Use lotion or facial creme or wash if the affected area gets irritated from your choice.
  • See a dermatologist if the affected area becomes red, inflamed or irritated.
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