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How to Remove Peach Fuzz

Peach Fuzz Removal: Methods That Work (and Ones That Don't)

Vellus hair, which is 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 have their own reasons for wanting 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 its appearance. To see which treatments work and which ones don't, just keep reading.

What doesn't work:

  • Laser removal: Since peach fuzz is light in color, explains dermatologist Dr. Ellen Gendler, it's difficult to remove it with a laser. The reason is that lasers seek out dark hair, so they're best used on more pigmented strands.
  • Electrolysis: Electrolysis is a process where 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 Dr. Gendler.

What works (but proceed with caution):

  • Depilatories: Depilatories use a chemical process to help dissolve hair above the skin and slightly under the pore. While Dr. 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 ($27) 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, Dr. 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 the 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 — which is essentially like a razor — that's finely brushed on the skin to cut away hair. Says Dr. Gendler, "It's a really nice method of giving a nice, polished look to the face and removing hair at the same time."
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Dee2995173 Dee2995173 4 years
Oh, forgot to say that deplaning does not offer a permanent solution for peach fuzz. I imagine it is very costly, too.
Dee2995173 Dee2995173 4 years
Dr. Gendler is wrong about the efficacy of electrolysis for vellus hair. As a practicing electrologist for 15 years, I see peach fuzz women six, sometimes seven days a week, treating their vellus hairs. It is my passion and forte. I had my vellus hairs treated years ago and my situation is stable. I have finished clients who are happy beyond belief that the fuzz has been tamed. A modern, well-equipped, well trained electrologist can thin out a fuzzy face with permanent success. Dr. Gendler should research this for herself. Electrolysis is the only thing on earth that can affect peach fuzz. Dermatologists are not serving their patients well when they don't learn more about what a modern electrologist can do for vellus hair structures. Not all electrologists can do this well, so it would be wise for dermatologists to search their locales for the ones that are willing to take those blondies to task
Barbara2994372 Barbara2994372 4 years
Don't be too quick to dismiss electrolysis for vellus hairs.  While Dr. Gendler states that  the results of electrolysis are permanent, the good doctor is wrong about it not working well on vellus hairs "because it's too difficult to get into each follicle."  The procedure of electrolysis DOES get into each follicle - and without difficulty!  The only obstacle to treating vellus hair with electrolysis is the lack of good lighting and magnification.
Jaime-Richards Jaime-Richards 5 years
Yes, thank you!
Treeflection Treeflection 5 years
Thank you for that wonderful comment, Hazelberry! Very informative and detailed!
hazelberry hazelberry 5 years
FYI: Dermaplaning treatments, a form of manual exfoliation, are typically performed by a dermatologist or a licensed aesthetician at a professional skin care clinic. Dermaplaning or epidermal leveling utilizes a sterile surgical blade called a dermatome. The dermatome is carefully stroked over the skin in even motions similar to shaving. Treatment time can be as short as 15-20 minutes. Blading the skin with a dermatome painlessly removes dry, dead surface skin to reveal new, healthy skin cells. Dermaplaning poses no serious side effects and patients can resume normal activities immediately following treatment.Typically, Dermaplaning is only performed on the face, taking care to avoid the eyelids and neck. No chemical or acid solutions are used in conjunction with Dermaplaning, making it less irritating for sensitive-skinned patients than chemical peels.
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