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How to get rid of stubborn facial hair By Vinu Kriplani

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Hair that refuses to disappear

There are two types of hair on our bodies, vellus and terminal. Vellus hair is naturally finer in texture, shorter and much lighter than terminal hair. Vellus hair is sometimes referred to as peach fuzz. This hair is mainly found on the legs, arms, stomach and face.

Around puberty is when hair begins to shift from vellus to terminal on certain areas of the body such as the armpits and pubic area in males and females. The vellus hair becomes coarse, darker and longer. The reason this occurs is biological changes that spur the production of hormones such as testosterone and androgens. These hormones change the characteristics of the hair.

However, in many women vellus hair continues to grow. It doesn’t respond to conventional hair removal treatments like IPL and Laser hair removal. This downy and fuzzy hair can occur on the face, arms and legs. Many women complain that vellus hair, especially on the cheeks and chin can be embarrassing. In fact unwanted hair in general, can be distressing, socially isolating and a cause of anxiety and depression. Many women say they feel unfeminine and self-conscious about this unseemly downy growth on their face and arms.

This condition is commoner than we think. Almost 40 percent of women suffer from this at some point in their lives. Some of the common causes could be chemotherapy, a side effect of certain medications, hormonal changes and a genetic predisposition. Many commonly prescribed medicines can cause fuzzy, un-pigmented hair. Excessive hair growth can be triggered due to hormonal changes, particularly an over-production of androgen. This is a common side effect of polycystic ovarian syndrome. It can also occur when significant hormonal changes take place during pregnancy and menopause. People of Asian and the Mediterranean descent have a genetic predisposition to vellus.

This condition can’t be resolved by traditional hair removal laser and IPL treatments. The reason is that vellus hair lack pigment or melanin. Both Laser and IPL treatments are light-based and therefore need a conduit—the pigment in the hair—for the light to travel. If the hair has little or no pigment, these hair removal systems can’t distinguish between the hair and skin. Therefore, vellus hair is near impossible to remove by these means. It should be mentioned here that blond, white, grey and red hair also cannot be successfully treated with light-based systems.

There is now a fuss-free way to remove vellus hair, thanks to a new treatment called ‘Hair V Go’. This is a revolutionary professional hair removal treatment formulated to reduce and remove fine, downy, non-hormonal hair on the face, neck and other parts of the body.

This three step treatment follows a simple treatment protocol.

• Step one involves the application of a high pH product to break down the protein structure and dissolve the hair deep within the follicle, below the skin’s surface. In step two, the product is removed and then neutralized to re-set the acid mantle of the skin. Finally, in step three, the hair reduction treatment cream applied.

• In step two, the product is removed and then neutralized to re-set the acid mantle of the skin.

• Finally, in step three, the hair reduction treatment cream applied.

Homecare is simple but essential for long term results; and involves using the same hair reduction treatment cream used by the therapist, without worrying about rashes from razors and in-grown hairs.

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