As electrolysis becomes more popular it is no surprise that its popularity is also growing among minors with unwanted facial hair. We all know how important image and appearance are to a young person. Teens are one thing, but what is a parent to do for a younger child embarrassed by their unibrow or harassed over their dark upper lip? Electrologists say, "For your little ones, start with the easiest option - a cheap personal facial trimmer."
Most Electrologists are reluctant to treat children under 12, though requests will still come in for children as young as 6 years old. Electrolysis can be an uncomfortable process, even for adults. Topical numbing creams can help manage the process, but they can only do so much. One should not have high expectations that a small child will be able to handle facial hair removal treatments like laser or electrolysis.
Children have delicate, sensitive skin, making facial hair removal options designed for adult skin less than ideal. Chemical products that dissolve or bleach unwanted hair can burn or irritate young skin. Waxing may be fast, but it can also be harsh, causing bleeding or a rash. Shaving may seem obvious, but it's easy to nick or scrape the skin, especially when shaving the face.
Professional Electrologists recommend starting small with a battery-operated facial hair trimmer like those made by Finishing Touch, Remington, Panasonic, etc. These items are cheap, painless, easy to get, provide a close cut, and are simple to use at home. You can always move up to electrolysis when your child is older.
What If a Trimmer Isn't Enough?
If you feel that your child's situation is more than a trimmer can handle, schedule a consultation with an Electrologist. Electrolysis is permanent hair removal, so the Electrologist will want to talk with the child to make sure that this is something they really want. As a parent your consent is, of course, required, and you will play a part in the consultation. Most parents are also able to witness the treatments, which will probably be no longer than 15 minutes per session. Remember, a consultation isn't a commitment. If you or your child are unsure about pursuing a certain treatment, talking with a professional can help to ease the mind and come to a decision.
Enjoy helping your child take control of their personal appearance!