Puberty can be a real struggle for teenagers, and when hormone changes produce unwanted hair, particularly for girls, this struggle can be even harder. Often on the upper lip or chin, if parents are able to see these hairs then so can their peers. As perceived flaws, these can lead to unkind comments or worse, risking real damage to the self-esteem and confidence which is so fragile in teenagers.

The concern for parents is at what age they allow their children to begin hair removal. Clearly it will differ in each case, but discussing it with your teenager is far better than them trying to solve the issue themselves, with the possibility of harmful consequences.



Scissors or clippers are the cheapest method, and by keeping the hairs short may render them less noticeable
Bleaching lightens the hairs, but if not done correctly can cause the hairs to turn yellow which may make them more obvious
Shaving risks cuts and infections (especially if the razor is borrowed), and makes the stubble and regrowth appear stronger and thicker
Depilatory creams can be messy and time-consuming. The hair above the skin’s surface is dissolved so the regrowth feels softer than it would after shaving but, as with shaving, it does return within a few days
Rotary epilators offer mixed results but tend to be quite painful and can lead to distortion of the hair follicle, causing ingrown hairs which result in spots and boils
Waxing and plucking will last up to three weeks but can be painful. Again, there is the risk of distorted hair follicles with spots and boils. More than this, the body reacts to the trauma of the tugging by increasing the blood supply to the area to help it heal, which stimulates the hair growth and can make the regenerated hair stronger
Laser/IPL works best at reducing hair growth for those with fair skin and dark hair. Generally it is not recommended during adolescence, but if you do choose to explore this method of hair removal for your teenager, we strongly recommend ensuring you use an accredited and experienced technician, and have researched the best type of laser/IPL for your daughter’s skin and hair type.
Electrolysis is the only hair removal method acknowledged as effective on all skin and hair types, regardless of which area is being treated. It is also the only permanent hair removal method approved by both the BMA (British Medical Association) in the UK and the FDA (Food and Drugs Administration) in the US. There is no minimum age to begin electrolysis, but as a cosmetic procedure a GP’s letter is required if the recipient is under the age of 16.

Facial hair growth can be deeply distressing for teenagers who are hoping to blossom into beautiful young women. Handled sensitively and professionally, unwanted hair can be dealt with effectively to avoid both the emotional scars of being teased by their peers, and the physical scars of trying to deal with it in inappropriate or unsafe ways.

For further information please see ‘About: Women’, ‘Areas to be Treated’ and ‘FAQs


For further information, or to book an appointment, please contact us on

01749 988 250

Please be reassured:

unlike other forms of hair removal, electrolysis is the only method which, with regular appointments, will result in permanent hair eradication, for the rest of your life


What They Say

Met Karyn and Rosie for the first time today. A great team, put me at ease immediately with a friendly, professional approach. The electrolysis went well with no adverse reaction and I will certainly be in contact with them again soon.


Such a lovely first appointment with Karyn and Rosie. They made me feel very welcome and comfortable. They are both very knowledgeable about electrolysis and skincare. I had a patch test done which was fine during treatment and afterwards. I look forward to my future treatments.


I have been having electrolysis for years and I couldn’t believe the difference when I went to Somerset Electrolysis, Karyn was really efficient and has virtually cleared my face, Rosie had a go at my thread veins that looked really awful and for the first time in years I go out in public without makeup. Thank you Karyn and Rosie for doing wonders for my self esteem, I can highly recommend you both.   Katie

Scared to deal with the problem?

What really genuine ladies.

I have been wanting to get my embarrassing facial hair dealt with for years but was too scared to go to a salon or anything.

Rosie and Karyn were so welcoming and understanding, I completely felt at ease and like i had finally found a solution to something that effects my life so much.

I know it will take some time to eradicate but it IS POSSIBLE!! I don’t know why I didn’t go earlier! If you are worried about embarrassing hair removal these are your girls to see!!

Very confidential and they have a treatment room in their home so no beauty salons to deal with!!!

Highly recommended 🙂

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