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More than 80 percent of the readers we polled told us they have to deal with fuzz on their upper lip. But hey, you can get rid of that embarrassing hair on your upper lip—or anywhere else on your face. Our experts show you how to do it smoothly and painlessly. Here are four ways to get out of a hairy situation.
Wax, aka Pain with Payoff
Tweeze, aka The Quickie
Shave, aka The Guy Approach
Depilatory, aka The Smelly One
The Super Smoothers

The Super Smoothers

If you've got more facial hair than you can handle, you may want to consider one of these heavy-duty treatments.

Vaniqua: An FDA-approved prescription face cream that prevents unwanted fuzz by blocking an enzyme necessary for hair growth. It takes about eight weeks to work. Apply twice a day, continue to remove hair in the meantime and keep using it to prevent regrowth.
Cost: $95 for a tube (not usually covered by insurance), available at Walgreens

Laser hair removal: A procedure that reduces hair production by 40 to 70 percent after multiple treatments. It works by damaging the hair follicle with beams of concentrated light. Lasers work best on fair skin and coarse, dark hair since they target melanin, though it's possible to treat darker skin tones.
Cost: $1,500 for four treatments

Electrolysis: This is the only permanent hair removal method for all hair colors. It's painstaking—an electrical current is inserted into one hair follicle at a time to destroy the hair bulb—and comes with higher risks of scarring and hyperpigmentation.
Cost: $115 per hour (total time depends on hair coarseness and thickness)

Tweeze, aka The Quickie

Pros
Pull out the random couple of hairs on your upper lip and chin and it's like they never even existed—well, at least for a week or two.

Cons
You may need a magnifying mirror to help. Tweezing isn't practical for tackling more than a few hairs, plus aggressive plucking can trigger ingrown hairs, breakouts, and scarring on darker skin tones.

Try
Angle-tip tweezers grasp hair without breaking it or poking your skin. We like the Tweezerman Point Tweezer, $23.

Shave, aka The Guy Approach

Pros
A simple solution for getting rid of larger areas of facial hair (and a surprisingly popular one, says Dr. Chapas).

Cons
If your hair grows quickly, you'll be a slave to daily upkeep. And it might be a tad embarrassing if you cut yourself shaving.

Try
Dr. Chapas recommends a single-blade razor to her patients. Try the Sephora Touch-Up Razor Kit, $15.

Depilatory, aka The Smelly One

Pros
Depilatories are quite simple to use: Apply a cream or lotion and your hair chemically dissolves in minutes.

Cons
The chemicals used in depilatories are stinky and potentially irritating. "Do a patch test to make sure you aren't allergic," says Dr. Chapas.

Try
Olay Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal Duo, $23.

The Super Smoothers

If you've got more facial hair than you can handle, you may want to consider one of these heavy-duty treatments.

Vaniqua: An FDA-approved prescription face cream that prevents unwanted fuzz by blocking an enzyme necessary for hair growth. It takes about eight weeks to work. Apply twice a day, continue to remove hair in the meantime and keep using it to prevent regrowth.
Cost: $95 for a tube (not usually covered by insurance), available at Walgreens

Laser hair removal: A procedure that reduces hair production by 40 to 70 percent after multiple treatments. It works by damaging the hair follicle with beams of concentrated light. Lasers work best on fair skin and coarse, dark hair since they target melanin, though it's possible to treat darker skin tones.
Cost: $1,500 for four treatments

Electrolysis: This is the only permanent hair removal method for all hair colors. It's painstaking—an electrical current is inserted into one hair follicle at a time to destroy the hair bulb—and comes with higher risks of scarring and hyperpigmentation.
Cost: $115 per hour (total time depends on hair coarseness and thickness)

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