There are essentially two choices when it comes to dealing with unwanted hair:

1.  do it temporarily

2.  do it permanently


Temporary methods of hair removal, such as shaving, clipping, plucking, waxing, and depilatories give immediate results, but do not address the source of the problem.

Unwanted hair is actually the “symptom” of an unwanted follicle, and merely destroying the hair does not address the cause of the problem:  unless the follicle itself is destroyed, it will simply continue to create “replacement” hairs.

See here for more information on the process.


Many people are surprised to learn that electrolysis is not a new procedure; it was developed by an eye doctor in 1875, to help patients troubled by ingrown eyelashes.

It is the only scientifically-proven method of permanent hair removal, and acknowledged as such by the Food and Drug Administration.

In Oregon, all practicing electrologists must be licensed and participate in Continuing Education. The license must be current and on display. Practitioners also have the option of membership in professional organizations, such as the American Electrology Association and the Oregon Association of Licensed Electrologists.


Physicians and dermatologists often make referrals to electrologists for their patients who are dealing with unwanted hair.

Electrolysis is safe and permanent when performed by a trained, licensed professional.


Although electrolysis does require some commitment on your part, consider it time and money well-spent, because each treatment brings you one step closer to your goal of having smooth, hair-free skin.