Addiction to tweezing my chin hair.

Posted by: shannon82

Addiction to tweezing my chin hair. - 03/11/09 01:41 PM

OMG, this is literally the first time i have even googled this problem that i have. I thought i was the only one with this strange addiction which is weird. I'm very happy that i am not. I have been tweezing my chin hair for some years now i am 27 years old and i have to pluck my chin until every hair is gone. The other morning i sat up until 6am trying to get this little hair that wouldnt give. I sat for like two hours trying to get this one hair ok maybe it was longer. I was getting so upset and just started going crazy at the area and i now have a nasty scare in the spot. I would have had it alot sooner had my husband not hide my good ones. I have marks all under my chin and i can get a little embrassed at times when i look in the mirror and see the damaged that i caused to myself i always feel bad after doing it and i really want to stop but i can't. My mom suggests to me all the time to use hair removal items but it's not the same as actually plucking i think i like the challenge in trying to get these little hair its fun or just habit. I do suffer from some sort of OCD i have to clean up all the time even when there's nothing to clean i always find something to do. I never saw it being a coralation between my tweezing and having OCD. It makes me feel a lot better to know that i am not the only one like i thought with this strange problem. If there is any scar cream i can use please let me know when i get the cream i think i can stop because i hate these ugly scars it makes me upset but i do it myself. frown
Posted by: cool_guy

Re: Addiction to tweezing my chin hair. - 03/13/09 03:26 AM

why don't you try electrolysis (which removes hairs permanently)?
I have hairs on my upper cheeks close to my eyes. Now I know as a guy it isn't as much of a big deal but it still is because I didn't want to have hairs all over my cheeks. I didn't want to shave everywhere so I tweezed the hairs that were close to my eyes for 7 years. I have been going for electrolysis for 2 full months now and you know the hairs are coming back but it's nice to know they will be permanently gone soon.
Go for electrolysis and stop the tweezing. I know tweezing really hurts. I didn't like it one bit and those 7 years were hell for me.
Posted by: dfahey

Re: Addiction to tweezing my chin hair. - 03/13/09 03:39 AM

Just peeking in here........... the hairs are not coming back, rather, new hairs are cycling in, as in hair growth cycles?? ALl normal and expected. Some of the same hairs that are were already treated may reappear several weeks later as softer, finer hairs because they needed to be broken down gradually. All good and fine. Your lady will get them for good when the are in this fragile state.

10/4!
Posted by: cool_guy

Re: Addiction to tweezing my chin hair. - 03/13/09 04:19 AM

Hi Dee, no problem. I don't mind when my mistakes are pointed out. Thanks. smile
Posted by: mellomom

Re: Addiction to tweezing my chin hair. - 12/17/09 03:37 AM

I think I have the same problem...just not quite as extreme. I have tweezers in my purse, my desk at work, my bedside table and in my car. Anywhere anytime I find a stiff chin hair (I'm always searching one out) I HAVE to stop everything and tweeze it. And pulling it out gives me an actual high! People who say to use electrolosis or creams don't get it...I LOVE the feeling of tweezing out a chin hair! (Eyebrow tweezing doesn't do anything for me...) I read somewhere that plucking chin hairs compulsively is a form of trychotilomania, a serious OCD problem. I also end up with sores and scars from my persistent digging at a short one on my chin. I have gone so far as walking in the dark and cold half a mile to the drugstore to get a new tweezer when I couldn't find mine, and having the thing plucked by the time I was out of the parking lot! ( I also pull out my cuticles with it...I'm a mess!)
Posted by: LAgirl

Re: Addiction to tweezing my chin hair. - 12/17/09 02:30 PM

Yes, it's an OCD. Getting those hairs permanently removed with electrolysis will help. Though, from personal experience, I can say that you may switch to another form of OCD or to another part of your body that still has hair smile
Posted by: MizzBrie

Re: Addiction to tweezing my chin hair. - 01/04/10 11:01 PM

I also tweeze like a maniac with my chin hairs what once was just a quick removal of 1 stray hair has consumed me and made my chin a mess. I will attack a hair until it is ripped out leaving a bloody looking sore. I have taken away all tweezers and now have started to calm this habit. I found a serum from Ole Henriksen called Enlighten me Pigment lightening serum. After the sores healed I was left with discolored blotches. This has been a miracle. 48.00 at Sephora is starting to give me some confidence back. I know it is pricey but Instead of scar creams use this very little at night its packed full of really great organic ingredients and it will help! Good Luck hun! wink
Posted by: MaJolie

Re: Addiction to tweezing my chin hair. - 01/05/10 12:16 AM

OMG! I am in love with this forum! I have the same exact issue. I am constantly worried about my facial hair. I used to carry my tweezer where ever i would go. Is there any alternative than tweezing? I did some google search and found this myepiface product.

Anyone has experience with the epiface product?
Posted by: Barbara_CPE

Re: Addiction to tweezing my chin hair. - 01/05/10 04:53 PM

Perhaps people with this "addiction" would like to join the profession.... We get to remove hair all day long!!!!
Posted by: dfahey

Re: Addiction to tweezing my chin hair. - 01/05/10 06:55 PM

Any product that pulls the hair out can only serve to make a problem worse. This product will make a hair problem on the face much worse over time. The only thing permanent is electrolysis and to some extent, percentage-wise, laser hair reduction.
Posted by: Sara A.

Re: Addiction to tweezing my chin hair. - 02/14/10 07:20 PM

hi do you mean epiface?

from epiface.net?
Posted by: Sara A.

Re: Addiction to tweezing my chin hair. - 02/14/10 07:26 PM

Originally Posted By: MaJolie
OMG! I am in love with this forum! I have the same exact issue. I am constantly worried about my facial hair. I used to carry my tweezer where ever i would go. Is there any alternative than tweezing? I did some google search and found this myepiface product.

Anyone has experience with the epiface product?



yes just go for it its fantastic

i bought mine here: epifaceshop.com
Posted by: James W. Walker VII

Re: Addiction to tweezing my chin hair. - 02/15/10 11:46 AM

Keep in mind, anything that plucks hairs out of your skin has the potential to cause thickening of the hairs, increased number of hairs growing in the area, ingrown hairs, pigment change, distorted hairs, and hairs growing like a river underneath the skin's surface.
Posted by: C O'Connell

Re: Addiction to tweezing my chin hair. - 02/15/10 12:19 PM

The OCD is really the issue here and would have to be dealt with before permanent hair removal is attempted. I suggest looking at the work of The Pfeiffer Research Institute who have some success with these types of problems,if you wish to stop tweezing.
Posted by: lisalott1

Re: Addiction to tweezing my chin hair. - 02/16/10 04:46 PM

I am so glad that you posted this. Tis the first time I have read it and I feel better because I thought I was the only one who did this and felt great when I plucked the hair from my chin. But awful after I lft a scar under it. I am going to try the product recommended here on this forum.
Did you have any luck getting help for it?.
Posted by: lisalott1

Re: Addiction to tweezing my chin hair. - 02/16/10 04:50 PM

Does the The Pfeiffer Research Institute have a center on long island new york?
Posted by: dfahey

Re: Addiction to tweezing my chin hair. - 02/16/10 06:00 PM

No. Here is the contact info. It is about 40 miles west of Chicago.

Phone:
630-505-0300
Toll Free:
866-504-6076

HRI-PTC Email:
info@hriptc.org

Pfeiffer Treatment Center
Health Research Institute
4575 Weaver Parkway
Warrenville, IL
60555-4039


There should be doctors that specialize in OCD disorders in your area, but do read the Pfeiffer website and bone up on OCD/ trichotillomania in order to get a sense of what the treatment options are for you.
Posted by: LAgirl

Re: Addiction to tweezing my chin hair. - 02/16/10 08:23 PM

There are a bunch of OCD centers around the US. You can find an OCD specialist in NYC.
Posted by: C O'Connell

Re: Addiction to tweezing my chin hair. - 02/16/10 08:42 PM

My understanding is that usually OCD is usually considered a psychological matter. The Pfeiffer approach is biological, and they aim to rebalance the body biochemically. They perform blood tests to find the imbalances, and then treat using custom made minerals and vitamins. It is, as Dee says well worth looking into because their approach is different. They mainly treat depression, anxiety and behavioural problems.
Posted by: weird chica

Re: Addiction to tweezing my chin hair. - 03/07/10 04:39 AM

I'm new to this forum and haven't read everything in the thread in depth. I am finding that I have OCD nailbiting and since about age 25 I've been armed with countless tweezers in every convenient place to hunt down any course long growing hair on my chin and excavate in any form necessary, leaving scars, sores, etc. Is there really a solution to this problem?? It's not about removing with electrolysis, I am constantly using my hands to find the hairs, and the tweezers to pull them out.
Posted by: weird chica

Re: Addiction to tweezing my chin hair. - 03/07/10 04:40 AM

have you found a solution to this problem? You
Posted by: furstimer

Re: Addiction to tweezing my chin hair. - 05/16/11 02:21 AM

I have the same prob.. used to spend an hour a day every morning getting rid of chin hair- I know I made it worse. Such a piss off. Then I'd have scabs and red marks from my tweezers. Highly embarrassing. I've recently started electrolysis, maybe 5-6 hours in total. It's helping. If anything, I no longer tweeze as I'd be wasting the money I spent on electrolysis (not knowing if it was working) It's hard! I shave daily but let it grow a few days before my appointment. It sucks but I avoid going out on those days.. hoping this will all end soon. My technician says it is improving so I trust her. Really? I don't know. I think after a few more visits I will have my answer... hope it's a 'yes'
Posted by: dfahey

Re: Addiction to tweezing my chin hair. - 05/16/11 03:36 AM

You are going to need more than a few more visits. If you were spending an hour every day tweezing chin hair, you have a lot of hair!

THE FIRST 4-6 MONTHS IS THE HARDEST for tweezing cases. Stay close to your electrologist to get the new hair as it comes forth. It will come forth and you will hardly believe you had that much hair. This will be hard and you will question if it is working. You will not be able to judge anything before 6 months at least, so stay dutifully engaged in this to get cleared and stay cleared. Go every 2-3 weeks and get the hair cleared. After that, your electrologist will be able to deem when the time is right to space appointments every 6 weeks or so. Within 9-18 months, there should be little hair to deal with, unless you have been sneaking in a tweeze here and there or if hair follicles are being recruited for "X", "Y" or "Z" reasons. Electrolysis works, but it is not for you the client to decide your own timelines as to when you will quit or go on. Mother Nature hands us what she will and we have to accept it. We can't go any faster than the hair that presents itself, whenever it presents itself. You have no control of that and neither does the electrologist.
Posted by: Sammy12

Re: Addiction to tweezing my chin hair. - 07/10/11 08:26 PM

I have a similar (if not identical) problem with plucking ingrown facial hairs with tweezers. In 2010 I tried to pluck an ingrown hair (that may or may not have even been there), and the tweezers went so deep into my skin that the blood that streamed out would not clot for 20 minutes. Now I have deep (raised bump) scarring on my face & would like appearance of the scarring to be reduced and/or removed.

Here is the continuing problem: Because there is scarring in this area of my face, the facial hair in that area always remains ingrown. The ingrown hair(s) become infected (puss, bumps), so I constantly try to remove them. I want the hair around the scarring to be removed permanently so I don't continue to use tweezers in this area.

I was told by a (walk-in) clinic doctor that ingrown hairs remove themselves (ie grow out of the skin eventually). I don't believe this to be true, perhaps someone can clarify?

What steps should I take? A visit to a dermatologist? Electrolysis?

I am sure there are solutions to my problem throughout this forum, however this post directly related to me and wanted to share my information ASAP.

Thank You.
Posted by: dfahey

Re: Addiction to tweezing my chin hair. - 07/11/11 03:28 AM

Many electrologsists are skilled at gently lifting out ingrown hairs with a sterile lancet or other instrument that is made for this purpose of treating ingrowns.

Stop doing this yourself. The scarring and infections are not worth it. There are several chemical exfolliants that can be used to help with cell turnover so as to bring the hair closer to the surface of the skin if the ingrowns are deep.
Posted by: elizabeth_ht

Re: Addiction to tweezing my chin hair. - 08/01/11 06:42 PM

I am addicted to plucking, too. I read that some peopleís bodies actually produce a rush of endorphins when a hair is plucked. So itís the rush of endorphins making it physically pleasurable, along with the emotional/mental satisfaction of ďgetting that little f@#kerĒ!! I have tweezers all over the place!

I started electrolysis for my chinóthose hairs were the worst/most satisfying. And Iíve actually been 100% good about not plucking between visits, because I know Iím just wasting money if I do, and I remember the awful scarring and ingrown hairs I was starting to get from plucking. But I found other ways to satisfy my addiction that donít cause those problems. First is tweezing out plugs from the pores on my nose. I DONíT ever pick open white heads or blackheads, these are only the pores that have little plugs sticking out (you either know what Iím talking about or you donít!). Second, and this is a little personal/TMI maybe, but I started plucking the hairs that grow right underneath my tailbone, at the very top of my you-know-what crack! The hairs are really coarse there and so are just as satisfying as the ones on my chin to ďgetĒ but first of all theyíre not visible to anybody and even if they were, the skin there is much more resilient and doesnít scab up or get gross like the skin on your face, and second even I canít see them so I canít make myself crazy swearing that there are hairs where there arenít any. Itís only by touch and I do it while watching TV or reading in bed (by myself!). The only problem I have now is rolling over onto all the pairs of tweezers lying around in my bed!

Hope this helps somebody!
Posted by: linda007

Re: Addiction to tweezing my chin hair. - 11/01/11 01:48 AM

WOW is right so glad I'm not alone. But I want to stop and repair the dark spots on my chin. How do I do that?
Posted by: Soyokaze

Re: Addiction to tweezing my chin hair. - 02/26/12 12:41 AM

I don't have an addiction, but it was a bit of a habit for me. I got to where I could pluck out chin hairs with my nails pretty effectively. I had to stop since I started getting laser removal : ( I'm a guy though so my hairs are probably easier to grab.
Posted by: Trichogal

Re: Addiction to tweezing my chin hair. - 09/06/12 07:29 PM

OMG.
I too am amazed there are fellow chin-pluckers! It is quite embarrassing the things I do but I've heard others do them so I know I'm not the only weirdo! I am in my fifties and it started in my late teens when it was pointed out I had some hairs sprouting from my chin. They were quite long and curly and pretty unsightly so it began there. But in the years since then I have had a compulsion which I've failed to kick and it is quite pleasurable and satisfying of plucking out the chin hairs, best when they are sort of short and coarse! I do it with a tweezer but have done many with thumb and forefinger when a tweezer's not available. This is going to sound really weird but I've heard others do it with head hair, but I have to see the hair and lick it, lol! I like it best when there is a crop of them to pluck! Everyone has their little quirks I guess!
Posted by: EvaPro

Re: Addiction to tweezing my chin hair. - 11/07/12 03:42 AM

I wonder if the temporary pain is similar to people who constantly pick at cuticles or, in extreme cases, cut their skin? These are issues having to do with control and self-esteem. Some people are just obsessive about their looks. It could be a simple obsessive disorder, a deeper psychological issue or just a case of wanting to look better. Good luck to those of you who simply must pluck!
Posted by: Mantaray

Re: Addiction to tweezing my chin hair. - 11/17/12 06:44 AM

For me It was / is more of a "braille" thing. I unintentionally run my fingers along an area and feel the hair, and it just doesn't feel right. Once I notice the hair, and I mean, the singular hair, It just has to go. So, out come the tweezers.

It was a bad compulsion, then I got into electrolysis and it became more manageable because i knew the hair was scheduled to be removed. But when I stopped elecrolysis for awhile, the compulsion came back, and I'd pluck areas viciously. I'd just leave a mess. Pretty embarrassing. Me too, I'd dig pretty deep, until I was pulling out fibers of flesh trying to get to the hair. It was a true blue compulsion.

So anyway, I got back into electrolysis again just recently and the compulsion just faded, no more plucking. But, I think what's going on is that the electrolysis sensations (Flash pulses) have replaced the plucking sensations. I think it's just a tradeoff of sorts. But sensations aside, in my mind, having no hair is 'normal', hair reminds me parasites stuck in my skin.

Plucking has to be one of the most strongest compulsions there is. At it's worst, I'd be late for work because I just 'had' to get a certain ingrown out. And getting one ingrown out leads into looking for another. It never stops. So, that's why said to myself recently, "Since I'm spending so much time plucking, and leaving the same amount of scabs. Why not just get back into electrolysis and make it all count for permanence?" It was a good decision, I'm glad I'm making progress.

If the plucking compulsion is just too strong, and you find yourself digging out ingrowns that are way deep, at least always keep your tweezers cleaned with alcohol before and after each episode. It won't make them sterile, but it's better than not using it.
Posted by: EvaPro

Re: Addiction to tweezing my chin hair. - 11/20/12 02:43 AM

Mantaray,
I'm glad you decided to go back to electrolysis. I think you will be glad you did in the long run. To others who find themselves plucking or tweezing compulsively, perhaps some anti-anxiety methods, such as yoga, TM or counseling could help.
Posted by: Mantaray

Re: Addiction to tweezing my chin hair. - 11/20/12 03:58 AM

...And if someone goes to the doctor and says they're obsessed with plucking, look out. The doctor will prescribe something like Paxil or Zoloft. The doctor only hears the word "compulsion", he doesn't care about laser, electrolysis, or hair cycles. Yeah, sure the person will stop plucking, but then will have to deal with all the side-effects of being on a serious medication. Those can range from gaining a lot of weight, to becoming a homebound zombie.*

Not to imply anything on anybody here, including myself, but honestly? I think the number one thing that got me to stop plucking was just getting going, getting more of a life. When I'm busy, I never think of plucking, or even electrolysis. Just my two cents.

(*= But these medications do a lot of good for many people, and they can lead even better lives.)
Posted by: Arlene R. Batz, CPE

Re: Addiction to tweezing my chin hair. - 11/20/12 01:50 PM

Find an electrologist who is willing to work with you regarding time and payment.
This might mean short appointments several times a week right before you
are tempted to tweeze. For those who can not come in frequently, shaving
between treatments is suggested. i have had clients tell me that quitting smoking was easier than stopping tweezing.
Posted by: Neily

Re: Addiction to tweezing my chin hair. - 11/24/12 08:31 AM

I read about everyone's "tweezing addiction." I, too, suffer from this. (I've posted before about my experiences.) I'm 57 years old and have been dealing with unwanted facial hair since my early 20s. I started out with waxing and then moved on to tweezing and waxing. I now try to control things through a combination of waxing (my mustache), electrolysis (on my chin, cheeks and neck) and tweezing in between my weekly appointments. I've been doing this for 20 years now.
At one time I decided to take the approach Arlene Batz recommended -- going several times a week right before I'm tempted to tweeze. (I figured this out on my own.) However, I found this too taxing -- timewise and moneywise. In addition, I travel at least a couple of times a year with my husband overseas and my electrologist is sometimes unavailable because she travels a few times a year and also cancels on occasion due to family/personal reasons. This leaves me in a bind and I end up plucking and tweezing. (I realize I need to find a back-up electrologists for occasions like this.)
I realize that electrolysis used in combination with waxing and tweezing is not compatible, but for now that is how I feel I can best control the situation. I can't stand walking around with any noticeable facial hair. It literally drives me crazy to do so. I suffer from low self-esteem and walking around with facial hair makes this even worse. The problem has been getting worse during my post-menopausal years. I now have new hair growth on my cheeks and neck (where I didn't have any hair before).
And just when I thought things couldn't get any worse, I am also starting to lose hair on my head. The thinning has been most noticeable during the past year. It's mainly confined to the crown of my head and the sides, not on top. (I believe this is called female pattern baldness.) I'm at the point where I went to the doctor and she did some blood work. I've had my hormone levels checked repeatedly over the years and everything is normal. (I had slightly elevated levels on a few occasions but nothing that would indicate PCOS.) I was diagnosed with Idiopathic Hirsutism. It runs in my family. My grandmother had a bad facial hair problem, my mother and a few of my sisters suffer from it to a lesser degree and my father experienced balding at a young age. I am now freaking out because I'm going bald where I want to keep my hair and growing more unwanted hair on my face, cheeks and neck. My doctor said that my head hair loss problem is related to my unwanted facial hair problem. Both are caused by an increase in testosterone during the post-menopausal years. I'm currently awaiting results from my bloodwork.
I am extremely depressed about the double-whammy I have to deal with. At this point in my life my main concern is trying to get rid of most of my facial hair so I'm not growing a beard and mustache on my deathbed. (My grandmother was growing a beard and mustache when she was in the hospital dying and the memory of seeing this remains very strong.) I am also worried that I won't be able to take care of my problem when I get older. Who knows what will happen then. I could be incapacitated by any number of horrible diseases and other conditions.
The area underneath my chin looks horrible. I dig for ingrown hairs and pull out skin tissue, I have scars, scabs and bumps and redness. I try to cover things up the best I can with cover-up makeup. It still looks funny but at least I still can face people to go to work everyday. (I would not be able to do this is my facial hair was showing more.) At the present time I got for electrolysis/waxing once a week and pluck in between. I tweeze approximately 15 minutes every evening and then apply moisturizer, Polysporin (to prevent infection) and cover-up makeup. I refrain from tweezing for two days before my next electrolysis/waxing appointment. At the present time I am spending approximately $150/month to keep hair off of my face. I also spend about 30 hours per month in travelling/appointment time and in tweezing/plucking and applying coverup makeup.
My plan at the present time is to deal with the hair loss on my head first. (I'm freaking out about that even more than my chin hairs right now.) I think I may have to find a new electrologist who is closer to where I live. Then at some point I can start going for short appointments three times a week so I won't have to pluck and tweeze in between. However, I don't think I'll do this until I retire in a few more years. At that point I'll be able to be more of a hermit and not have to go out in public as much. My main goal at this point is not to die bald-headed and growing a beard. Does anyone else have this same fear? I'd be interested to know. I've read everyone's posts on the subject with great interest. Thanks for sharing.
Posted by: margol59

Re: Addiction to tweezing my chin hair. - 11/24/12 01:53 PM

Hey Nelly.. I really don't know much about electrolysis because I just started going back in July. But what I do know is how having unwanted female facial hair makes you feel like less of a woman. I definitely know what you are going through to some degree. The hardest part about getting electrolysis is not plucking the hairs so that the next time at your appt. they can be treated. My appts are two weeks apart. Usually by the second day after my last appt. I have new hair showing up and have to go around for 2 weeks with hair all over my face and neck. You've been getting electrolysis for 20 years? Have you had any scarring from it?
Posted by: Neily

Re: Addiction to tweezing my chin hair. - 11/24/12 11:29 PM

Thanks for your response, Margol59. I wish you much success with your treatments. I do have scarring, hyperpigmentation, scabs, sores, bumps and general redness. The skin under my chin always feels slightly tight, sore and itchy. Part of my nightly tweezing ritual includes pulling off dead skin tissue in order to achieve a smoother appearance. I always end up pulling off some additional skin tissue and then I get more scabs or a hardening of skin tissue around that area. (It's a vicious cycle.)
I do not get electrolysis on my lip as I am content with getting it waxed. (I also get my eyebrows waxed.) It's the chin, cheek and neck hairs that are the most worrisome for me. I mask the condition under my chin by applying heavy cover-up make-up every day. It still doesn't look "normal" but it's passable so that I can go out in public and go to work.
I refrain from going swimming as the water would wash off the coverup make-up and expose the area under my chin. I'm also very conscious of not lifting my face when talking to others. I also mask the area by wearing my shoulder length hair down all the time, but now my hair is rapidly starting to thin and I'm worried that I won't have enough hair to mask the area.
I definitely couldn't go two weeks in between appointments. I can't bring myself to take a razor to my face so clipping (which doesn't work for me) or tweezing in between appointments is the only option. However, I think if I could go regularly three times a week for shorter appointments that I could refrain from tweezing for two days in between. I thought about this some more last night. I think I might try to seek out a new electrologist closer to where I live so I can handle going three times a week. I can't do anything until mid-January for various reasons but I'll start doing some research now. My husband said that we can forgo travelling overseas for a while so hopefully I won't have that issue complicating things for me.
I also have a lot of hair on my legs, bikini area and on my nipples and lower abdomen. Although this was of great concern to me when I was younger, none of this bothers me now. The unwanted facial hair is much, much, worse and has been getting worse as I get older. I just wear jeans and a T-shirt 99% of the time and keep my legs covered up. (I don't like hot weather because of this and stay indoors in air-conditioning most of the summer.)
I would be interested in hearing from older women who used to tweeze their chin hairs a lot but have found success through electrolysis. Did you switch to clipping or shaving your chin hairs or just let them grow out between appointments? If so, how did you face going out in public? Weren't you really self-conscious about this? Did the hair stay away or did you experience new hair growth that also needed treatment? At the moment, the only option I would be comfortable with is going three times a week for shorter appointments and trying not to tweeze and pluck.
Posted by: margol59

Re: Addiction to tweezing my chin hair. - 11/25/12 03:56 PM

I started going to get electrolysis because all the tweezing I was doing on my cheeks and neck was leaving me with hyperpigmentation. I have to admit that it looks like its starting to fade a little since I'm not sitting in front of the mirror everyday yanking hair.I do have chin hair. More than I thought I had once I stopped tweezing those. I wouldn't suggest touching the upper lip unless you know for sure she wouldn't leave you with deep scabs and permanent scars that would be hard to cover up. I had only three sessions on my upper lip three months ago with someone I do trust but I'm left with redness/hyperpigmentaton and what looks like two vertical lines running from my nose to my lip. I can tell you that tweezing seemed to make more hair come in. Once I tweezed one hair on my neck it started spreading. I'm thirty so I'm not looking forward to when I turn fifty because I'm guessing the hair will be much worse. One more thing have you noticed any hard knots any where you've been getting electrolysis? Well that didn't go away? Have a great day Neily
Posted by: Neily

Re: Addiction to tweezing my chin hair. - 11/25/12 08:54 PM

Yes, I've had a number of hard bumps or knots that have developed under my chin and upper neck area. (I hate when I get these. The area around them is quite tender and sore.) I'm not sure, but I think it's because a number of hairs get knotted up or ingrown in the same area. It's just my personal theory, but I think this might be caused by the repeated irritation and constant probing of the tweezers. I'd also like to caution against using tweezers that are brand new or newly sharpened. (I use the Tweezerman brand.) They tend to be sharper than you think and have a tendency to tear out skin tissue surrounding the hair. This can start a scab forming and other problems. It does take a long time for these bumps or knots (or scabs) to heal once they're present.
Regarding getting older and more facial hair growing... What gets me depressed is that new hairs are going to keep growing regardless of what I do to treat my present problem. I'm in my post-menopausal years and my doctor said that it's due to an increase in testosterone in my body. The increased testosterone is also responsible for the hair loss and thinning I'm experiencing on my head right now. (Which is equally disturbing.)
Posted by: Neily

Re: Addiction to tweezing my chin hair. - 11/26/12 07:10 AM

Arlene Batz wrote:
>>Find an electrologist who is willing to work with you regarding time and payment. This might mean short appointments several times a week right before you are tempted to tweeze. For those who can not come in frequently, shaving between treatments is suggested. i have had clients tell me that quitting smoking was easier than stopping tweezing.<<

Thank you for your comments, Arlene. They're very helpful. I do intend to begin a schedule of more frequent regular appointments at some point in the future. (I can't do it now because my long-time electrologist lives too far away. I go every Saturday now, but I'd like to go three times a week so I won't be tempted to pluck my chin, cheek and neck hairs.)
Regarding tweezing vs. shaving... I have always felt that it's a lot easier for women who already have a regular shaving regime to transition to an electrolysis regime. Nothing much is required regarding a change in their habits. They still shave as necessary and then go for their treatment. On the other hand, women who have been tweezing to deal with their unwanted facial hair must make a stark change with their habits. (And confront a very real fear of shaving their faces.)
When I first started noticing hair on my upper lip in my early 20s I was encouraged to begin waxing treatments which I did and still continue with to this day. This was then extended to eyebrow waxing. From there I started to notice the occasional hair on my neck and chin. My mother recommended that I use tweezers to pull them out and not to shave or else I would be sorry. (My cousin started to shave her face and created a lot of problems for herself. My mother used her as an example of what would happen if I shaved my face.) I thought I was doing the right thing by tweezing, but the hairs kept multiplying rapidly over the years.
I started electrolysis 20 years ago and I was very naive. I thought I would go for one appointment and that would be it. My chin hair would be gone forever. I was in for a big surprise because this was far from the case.
I am still struggling regarding shaving my face. I just can't do it. And it's even worse now because I have new hair growth on my cheeks and chin. (I can't imagine having to shave my entire face.) The irony is that I'll probably end up being shaved in the end anyway. (I've instructed my husband and sisters to do this for me if I'm unable to take care of the problem by myself any longer for whatever reason.)
I don't feel that my tweezing is a compulsion or an addiction. It has to do with the fact that I can't bear to walk around with black nubs showing on my face in public. I am extremely sensitive about this and would be even more sensitive if I had to grow out my facial hair much more than I do now.
I have always felt that men get off a lot easier than women in many respects. They're supposed to be hairy. (Although I can understand if men want to get some of that hair removed.) But it's much easier for them to undergo electrolysis because they don't have to worry about the stigmatization associated with having unwanted facial hair (as women do). If men suffer from an embarrassing condition such as gynecomastia, they can just have surgery to correct the problem in one fell swoop.
By asking women who regularly tweeze to start growing out their beards and/or start shaving, you're likely going to increase their lack of self-esteem even more. You're asking them to exhibit their secret to the world and announce that they are women who are growing beards. (And other women are some of the harshest judges.)
Posted by: Martine.V

Re: Addiction to tweezing my chin hair. - 09/06/15 12:21 PM

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.
Posted by: Arlene R. Batz, CPE

Re: Addiction to tweezing my chin hair. - 09/08/15 01:26 PM

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.