My client came into the clinic feeling very insecure to even show me her chin and neck. The area was infected and red with ingrown hairs and scarring from years of tweezing and shaving. Many women don’t talk about facial hair but it’s a common occurrence brought forth by many factors including hormones and genetics. They hide it on a closet shelf in a shoebox. I am so pleased that my client agreed to come forward with her story. We will be documenting monthly and the last will be her before and after picture.
I was 19 when my first long, black chin hair was discovered. Of course, I’m not the one that noticed it, my boyfriend at the time pointed it out to me. All I could do was blush and beg him to get rid of it. So, he did. He bit it off and I didn’t think about it again.
I figured it was a done deal. A beauty intruder that was dealt with and terminated.
I wasn’t so lucky.
That night was the beginning of a long, drawn out battle. Painful waxing and tweezing to temporarily get rid of those unwanted chin hairs vs. thick, stubborn hairs that were relentless in their pursuit to take over my femininity.
The hairs began rebelling even more once my first child was born. A boy. Which meant more testosterone in my system. And testosterone adds fuel to those brutal hairs fire.
Eventually, nothing worked. So, I started obsessively tweezing and shaving. My neck and chin became the bane of my existence. These areas were nothing more than places my vanity wanted to hide and protect, along with my big tush but that’s a story for another place and time.
I stopped letting people, read…husband…touch my face or neck, fearful of his reaction to the one thing I found most disgusting about myself. The horror I would have felt at his discovery of my stubble and the subsequent repulsion towards me was something I didn’t want to even think about.
So, for years, I’ve been hiding it under a façade of thick make up. Ever protective, I never look up because I worry about what others would think. Or even worse…what they would say.
Finally, after years of damage being done, both emotionally and physically, I decided to try laser hair removal.
When I showed Holly my chin, she equated it to looking like acne. The hairs were so coarse and in-grown that it gave the effect of acne. Holly told me it would take 6 months for optimum results. 6 months for 20 something years of anguish, frustration and embarrassment? I’ll take it.
I had my first treatment 2 weeks ago and there is already a noticeable change. A new found smoothness to my chin that had, for years, felt rough and stubbly.
So begins my journey to gaining back some of the confidence I lost once the hairs took over. I’m looking forward to feeling fully like a woman again after so many years of not.
Holly CaSaroll is the founder and CEO of FACE Skincare~Medical~Wellness. After suffering from cystic acne herself as a teen, she has rebuilt her own skin, and dedicated the last 15 years to successfully providing innovative solutions to skin conditions not helped elsewhere. She has been featured on FOX, and her Celebrity treatments have been featured on E News, The Doctors, and Oprah, as well as her proprietary combinations have made her a force to be reckoned with in the field of beauty. Her company’s Wellness division, headed by Doug Cutler ND, allows clients to balance their health and beauty from within. She is a Paramedical Esthetician, Laser Technician, and is on the advisory board for Photomedex, a national dermatology solutions company. Holly is also the creator of 3D Face Therapies™, and The Skin Management Model™ which models her progressive, multi-modality approach toward healing skin. Holly has a loyal word-of mouth following, and a flourishing business located in Michigan.