Come on, be honest. Do you ever pluck out your unwanted hairs?
According to the NHS, nearly 75 per cent of women experience increased facial hair as they age, especially after the menopause. Chin hairs – which top the list as our biggest bugbear – are usually a sign of low oestrogen. But dermatologists believe that genetics play a part too – so if your mother has chin hair, you most likely will too.
So what’s the best way to get rid of sprouting chin hairs? If you only have one or two, experts advise plucking over threading or waxing, as this will cause the least amount of damage to your skin.
But always wash your face with warm water first – this will relax the hair follicle and prevent tugging. To reduce the risk of spots or infection, wash your tweezers with soapy water and store them in a dry place after every use.
Plucking out grey hair
Plucking lone grey hairs doesn’t actually invite two to grow back in their place (as many people think) but it can permanently damage the follicle, resulting in bald patches. The choice is yours.
Plucking nose hair
Our nose hairs filter out the bad germs we breathe in every day. As well as making your eyes water, plucking stray nose hairs can enable bacteria to enter the ‘danger triangle’ – the area between our mouth and nose that crosses blood flow headed to the brain.
If germs get in there, they can cause lethal infections such as bacterial meningitis – so trim if you must, but try not to pluck.
Plucking hairs on moles
Contrary to old wives’ tales, there is no evidence that plucking hair from a mole can cause it to turn cancerous.
But it can cause the mole to become infected and result in inflammation and bleeding – which will draw more attention than a small fine hair.
Plucking armpit hair
We aren’t sure why you would want to, but if you do, experts warn that it’s really not a good idea. The chance of bumps and ingrown hairs multiplies when you pluck your armpits.
Instead, stick to less labour-intensive methods, such as shaving, waxing or laser.