Up until recently, I hadn’t considered facial hair removal. I knew that it was something that a lot of trans women did, but I didn’t see it as a serious issue. For me, facial hair was more of an inconvenience than anything else. I never liked having any facial hair even before I knew that I was trans, but I was fine as long as I shaved. I have shaved every day since I was probably 15, so it was just a part of my routine. However, since starting HRT, it has started bothering me more and more. Now, I am at a point where I want to get rid of it.
I don’t know when exactly I changed my mind, but I recently realized that I wanted to get rid of my facial hair. Part of that decision is simply convenience. Shaving every day takes time and it requires more care now that my hair is longer. But my facial hair also bothers me more and differently than it did previously. I never liked having facial hair, but shaving every day was sufficient to maintain my sanity. However, as my body has feminized, the facial hair seems more out of place. I notice it more because it stands out and that discrepancy triggers my gender dysphoria. It has gone beyond just a mild inconvenience. The longer that I am on HRT and the more changes I see, the more my facial hair bothers me.
Despite my interest in getting rid of my facial hair, I am nervous about actually doing so. My only option for permanent removal is electrolysis, as my hair is likely too light for laser. I am generally fine with needles, but the thought of an electrified needle near my face makes me uncomfortable. I am also concerned about potential scarring. I don’t think that scarring or similar problems are likely, but I have very sensitive skin so it still worries me. Although I want electrolysis, I still have some concerns.
Even though I am nervous, I still think that I am going to look into electrolysis. Now seems like a good time to start since mask-wearing is so prevalent. Wearing a mask will not only hide any hair growth prior to the appointment but will also conceal any redness or irritation in the days afterward. It is probably a good idea to start sooner rather than later anyway. Complete facial hair removal can take years, so it would be wise for me to start now. I want to start the process of facial hair removal and now seems like the best time to do so. I just need to work up the nerves to make an appointment.