I too have tweezed for a few years. I started out with some coarse and dark (some light ones) hairs on my chin(mostly on my left side) but some other ramdom ones here and there on my chin as well. After a few years I was tweezing every nite as the hairs had advanced to both sides of my chin and down under the jaw line(towards the neck).
The hairs quickly began to get very tough like wire and I started to get red after plucking but I figured it was inflammation from the trauma of yanking the root from the follicle. Thus, I would pluck at nite before bed thinking that the inflammation would be healed by morning and my skin would be back to its normal state.
However,I was wrong. The redness began to pick up in intensity and not leave and I tried many inflammation remedies to try to solve the dilemma with no results. Redness spread and became permanent & obvious. It was growing, splotchy, bright, ugly, and embarrassing. I am fair in skin complexion and wear foundation on my face for some color. I have a very clear and fair complexion & the redness was overwhelming and could not even be diluted by the foundation or cover stick. I was very self conscious and began altering my behavior around people because of this.
Last year November 2010 I joined this site in an effort to better my situation. Thank god for this forum because when I showed up here I was initially looking for laser treatment info. I was under the impression from all of the advertising I see and hear, that laser treatment is what i needed to solve my facial hair problem. My thinking was if I eliminated the hair and stopped the tweezing trauma, the redness would subside and I could be normal again.
To make a long story short, after reading many many posts here I sought out an electrologist and began a treatment regime in late December 2010. The electrologist explained to me that the redness was increased blood flow from the trauma of the plucking. She said it was going to take TIME for this to reverse itself.I had been plucking for years.She explained that as the hair is removed and eliminated the blood supply will diminish and thus take away the redness with it, but not over-nite.
Also,more importantly, all of the plucking had contorted the follicles from the hair being yanked out. She explained to me that I would need to be patient with my treatments as killing a distorted follicle that has been plucked is much more difficult than a normal straight non-traumatized one. She wanted me to understand this so as I didn't get frustrated / quit/ get pissy in the beginning and feel like there was a lack of progress being made or that she wasn't competent.
The first 2 times I went, I only went for 30 min.It was not enough time to get everything. I stepped up to 45 min and it took a few times before she could get me to "clearance". In retrospect, I should have stepped up to more time again so that I could have got to clearance sooner and then been able to maintain that. Also, the electrologist used the blend method, which is thermal and chemical I believe.
My treatments have been every 3 weeks for 45 min ($64) until now.
I was instructed to NOT ever tweeze again, which was a very hard impulse to stop thinking about for awhile! After an entire year, I am seeing great results. The redness has gone away 80% and I just now am scheduling out about 4.5 weeks between appts. and probably will cut back to 30 min, we will see as right now I am letting her clean up a few other areas here and there because I am picky (and so is she), but I do not need a full 45 min on my chin and lower area in itself anymore as the hair is mostly gone.I was committed and never missed an appointment.
Also, I wanted to add that I did/ and still do use a glycolic acid product(glytone). This product like other glycolic acid lotions, aid in exfoliation, which are great for many things like freeing ingrown hairs that get trapped by skin cells. Glytone did not help with the redness, nor will other products in my opinion from what I have learned as the redness is an increase in the blood supply sent in by the body to aid the area of trauma according to my understanding. I still have some splotchy areas under my chin which are evident when I have no make up on since I am so very fair skinned, but I am hoping that this will continue to fade as the healing continues.
I hope this helps and I hope you do not get discouraged. It is hard to be patient when it is your face that you want to heal in a hurry.