I started Vaniqa about 12 weeks ago, and since my last update, I’ve been slowly plucking out the coarse hairs--dark and blond--from my chin and throat. I started with the sides of my chin out of sheer curiosity: what was it like to pluck and use Vaniqa? Besides, those are the worst parts for me, because that’s where most of the ingrown hairs from shaving and the bumps from the Vaniqa were happening.
And then I noticed that I wasn’t having to go back over the area with the tweezers the next day. It was great! So gradually I plucked another area, and another, and another.
I was still going over everything lightly with the razor each morning to get any strays, most of them under my chin--blond and hard to see to pluck. However, a couple of weeks ago, I realized I really didn’t need to do it. That slight scratch of stubble I felt in the morning was deceptive; it was either blond hair that I couldn’t see (and so it was unlikely anyone else could), or simple dry skin. And so I stopped shaving, and haven’t put a razor to my face since.
I still go over my face every morning to check for hair to pluck, and might find a couple, but if its not dark or extremely coarse, I try to leave it be. In the right light, you can still see the difference between the sides of my face that I have let grow out with peach fuzz, and my chin where I was shaving. With the Vaniqa I doubt it will even out anytime soon, but in the meantime I am supremely content with my results right now. And I'm still on my first bottle.
A little while ago I booked my first trans-oceanic flight since adolescence--since before my hirsutism fully presented. I agonized over how I was going to approach an overnight flight, beard-wise. I could have switched my schedule back to shaving at night so that I could shave right before the flight and then my face would probably be okay for the next day when I arrived. But then I’d have to shave every night on the trip, and I don’t know about you, but I have a strong compulsion to look my best when I travel. So I had decided I was going to shave on the flight and pray for no turbulence while I was doing it. But now seeing Vaniqa in action, its taken such a load off my mind. I won’t have to shave at all during the flight, or worry about it the day I land. And if I have a particularly rushed morning, I know I can skip obsessing over my face and just go have fun. I am looking forward to my trip even more, now!