Lately, I’ve really been feeling the need to find a more permanent solution to my facial hair problem. Thus far, I have simply been shaving it very closely and covering-it up with concealer; while this looks pretty good from a distance, up close it makes me look like I’m suffering from some kind of skin condition; neither does the skin feel particularly smooth.
Moreover, my facial hair is very coarse and fast growing; by the end of the work day, it has grown outwards and stabbed through the level of make-up, making me look, once again, just like a man. I had hoped that Hormone Replacement Therapy would at least slow down this regrowth rate, but (while it has had some effect on my body hair) this has not been the case for my beard or moustache.
So I want to get rid of it, and am now looking into options to do so. Unfortunately, all of them seem either inordinately expensive (I might point out that I am a graduate student), extraordinarily painful, or both.
My preference would be for laser hair removal, and I have the optimal pigmentation (dark hair on very pale skin) for this work. However, it appears to cost around a hundred dollars a session (which seem to be done weekly, or thereabouts), and I simply do not have the money for this. What’s more, I’m not sure how many sessions it takes before it’s done. Is it ever done, or do I just have to keep having hair removal sessions?
Electrolysis has the advantage of destroying my hair follicles completely and of being absolutely permanent; however, it is prohibitively expensive (I was given a ballpark figure of around $8,000, which amounts to almost half a year’s salary). I have also heard that it is excruciatingly painful; if normal people find it to be so, then I shudder to imagine what I would think of it, as I have extraordinarily sensitive skin (thanks to autism) and a low threshold of pain.
Finally, one of my readers has recommended that I invest in an epilator. These are comparatively inexpensive (~$150), and supposedly, repeated use eventually prevents the hair from returning. However, they work by physically ripping out short hairs by the roots; I have read that their application is equivalent in pain to tearing off a hundred band-aids at once every time you use it; apparently, it doesn’t rip-off skin the way that a hot wax does*, but I’m not sure if this is still the case for dense, deeply rooted male-pattern facial hairs. Indeed, I have no idea whether it actually works on beards because all of the online testimonials that I have read from guys who tried it basically said that they had to stop after the first few seconds because of the severe agony.
So as far as this is concerned, if any of my readers have any suggestions or clarifications of any kind to offer me, they are more than welcome to do so. As far as I am concerned, I am once again wishing that I could have transitioned before puberty, or better yet, been born female in the first place!
*Ever tried to hot wax your beard? Not recommended! My face felt like it was on fire for about a week and a half afterwards and people kept thinking I was having an allergic reaction.