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#119277 - 09/06/15 12:21 PM Re: Addiction to tweezing my chin hair. [Re: shannon82]
Martine.V Offline
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Interesting subject. Not sure of the of point of piping in 3 years later but what the heck. I recently started electrolysis. This exposed to me my near compulsion to tweezing. I also have had bad chin days due to overly aggressive plucking. Bumps and red marks. Luckily when I do that, it usually freaks me out enough that I back off and stop being so aggressive. I don't think it ever went as far as scaring.

After I scheduled electrolysis I was instructed to stop tweezing. Not being able to pluck drove me crazy. I think for me it's a habit and near compulsion triggered by the stumbly re-growth. I remember grabbing tweezer and mirror and pulling gently at some of my chin hair, especially the ones that were still somewhat trapped by the skin. I even pulled at some fully emerged hair, stopping short of pulling it out. It alleviated the need somewhat. Although I couldn't stop feeling the prickly stubble in one particularly annoying spot. Drove me nuts and I was counting the days to my appointment.

After my appointment, I bought a pair of little blunt scissor designed for clipping nostril hair. It seem to work fine for trimming my chin hair. However the stubble it leaves behind is near intolerable to me. So finally I resorted to shaving one area very carefully . I was surprised at how smooth the area became and that instantly killed most of the compulsion. I'm monitoring to see what will happen and will switch to shaving if nothing untoward happens with the re-growth. The jury is still out but if everything is fine, l'll wish I had dared shaving years ago. The lack of stumble seems to kill the compulsion dead. The rest is just habit and will fade as I stop indulging it.

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#119287 - 09/08/15 01:26 PM Re: Addiction to tweezing my chin hair. [Re: shannon82]
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My clients have compared the challenge of ceasing to tweeze with quitting smoking. It looks like you came upon the best solutions on your own Martine. That is exactly what I did about 3 decades ago. I went from tweezing (and waxing), to trimming to shaving. The shaving left the skin feeling very smooth so much so that I was tempted to shave my entire face BUT I was warned to just shave the area that had the densest growth, in my case, it was my chin.

Any shaved area will cause the hair to feel stubbly as those hairs begin to grow with a blunt edge; prior to shaving, the hair growth is softer with a feather like tip.
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