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Vellus hair—endearingly known as peach fuzz—is the short, fine, lightly pigmented hair that can appear on the face, neck, and other areas of the body. While it’s often barely noticeable, many people still want to rid themselves of it. As you may know, peach fuzz is a tough thing to remove permanently, but there are a few things you can do to temporarily eliminate it.
What doesn’t work:
__Laser removal:__Since peach fuzz is light in color, it’s difficult to remove with a laser, explains dermatologist Ellen Gendler. Lasers seek out dark hair, so they’re best used on more pigmented strands.
__Electrolysis:__Electrolysis is a process wherein an electric current is sent through a fine needle-like device to destroy hair follicles. While the results are permanent, it “doesn’t work very well on fine hairs, because it’s too difficult to get into each follicle,” says Gendler.
What works (but proceed with caution):
Depilatories: These use a chemical process to help dissolve hair above the skin and slightly under the pore. While Gendler notes their effectiveness, she also acknowledges that some people can experience irritation from using them. [Editor’s tip: Olay Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal Duo has proven to be a quick and painless fix for treating unwanted facial hair on this writer’s mug.]
__Waxing:__Although waxing does indeed work, Gendler isn’t quick to recommend it. “I’m not a huge fan of waxing, because it definitely is irritating,” she clarifies. Also, if you’re using tretinoin, glycolic acid, or salicylic acid, then waxing can cause the skin to flare up.
What does work:
__Deplaning:__You might be thinking, So you’re telling me that just by exiting a plane, my peach-fuzz problems are solved? Not quite. (But there’s something to be said for homonyms and bad jokes.) Deplaning in cosmetic terms involves the use of a scalpel that’s finely brushed on the skin to cut away hair. Says Gendler, “It’s a really nice method of giving a polished look to the face and removing hair at the same time.”
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