You know the tiny hairs chilling on your upper lip/chin/entire face? It's called 'peach fuzz' (sounds so cute, right?!), and while you may think you're the only one sporting a lil fluff, it's actually way more common than you might think.
According to a 2006 British study, it was found that women spend 104 minutes per week managing their facial hair. 67 per cent of the women in the study said they continually check their facial hair in mirrors, and 76 per cent said they continually check by touching it.
Before we get into what you can do if you really want to get rid of it, here's a bit of a background on what peach fuzz actually is and what causes it.
Peach fuzz. What is it?
Well, the Oxford Dictionary describes peach fuzz as, "the down on the chin of an adolescent boy whose beard has not yet developed" - but it sounds like this hasn't been updated since the '50s, so we asked a couple of experts for their definition, instead.
Cosmetic physician Dr Sean Arendse from Flawless Rejuvenation explains, "Peach fuzz is a term used for vellus hair. Vellus hair is a very fine hair that is typically lighter in colour and can be found on the face, neck and other areas of the body."
"Like peaches, it has a soft feel and can generally only be seen up-close," said skin practitioner Sarah Hudson from Skin By Sarah Hudson. Yep, you're probably the only one who notices it!
"Unfortunately, women perceive this fine downy hair as noticeable especially when we catch a glimpse in the rear-view mirror! Many women are embarrassed, as they think they are the only ones that suffer with it."
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But all women have some kind of facial hair - we just have different amounts or thickness! "Naturally we all have some facial hair and that is completely normal," said Dr Arendse.
What causes it?
"Vellus hair can occur for a number of reasons. The blonder the hair on your head, the more susceptible you are to vellus hair on your face," said Hudson. However, if you feel like you have more hair on your face than usual, it could come down to a few different things. "It also occurs when our hormones change. This may be post-pregnancy, pre-menopause or post-menopause," explains Hudson. "It may also occur post-chemotherapy treatment, which can be really confronting."
So, what's the best way to get rid of peach fuzz?
Before you go nuts with a razor and mow off everything on your cute face, it's worth knowing what works and what doesn't work when it comes to minimising facial hair. The fact that vellus hair is difficult to detect in the first place (as mentioned, it's shorter, softer and often lighter in colour), means that it's equally tricky to remove. Our advice? Only opt for removal if it's really pissing you off. We also recommend having a chat to a qualified skincare specialist where possible - 'cause this is your face we’re talking about and peach fuzz is bitchy and fickle.
Okay! Let's start on what works, shall we?
Heard of it before? It's kinda like shaving your face, but not. Dermaplaning is a micro-blading treatment that exfoliates and removes hair from your face. "This clinical procedure is totally safe and effective," said Hudson. "Utilising a single-use only surgical blade, it removes the outer layers of the epidermis along with the vellus hair. One of the benefits is that it will improve the absorption of your at-home skincare program!" Win-win!