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Thanks for sharing your experience @KatieP, it's quite comforting to know that I'm not alone in having that bad reaction. After a couple more days of TLC with calamine and aloe vera, the redness and scabbing is now much more healed, and I expect it will be fully healed in a few more days. I started electrolysis very early on, anticipating the slow road ahead towards my goal of a facial-hair-free life.


I had strategically picked Mondays for my sessions so I could sort of avoid seeing people during the weekend if I needed to. Working remotely makes that quite a bit easier, and so does wearing masks during the pandemic, but the impact from the last session was extremely visible even on Zoom. But the real battle is with the dysphoria monster that shouts "Shave, girl!" at me all weekend long. My electrologist can work well after only about three days of growth, and I haven't yet enjoyed much slowing of growth since starting HRT.




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10 hours ago, KatieP said:

How do the rest of you deal with having to grow out the hair? Or were you just smarter than me, and you are working this out before going full time?


I started electrolysis before I went full-time, but only by a few months.  By far the majority of it has been since going full-time.


Being retired, I didn't have to worry about going to work.  But I scheduled my electrolysis appointments to avoid social gatherings.  I had a regular social event every Thursday morning, so I scheduled my appointments for Tuesdays.  However, I would occasionally have to go out during my grow-out days.  I would just crank up my inner B-word, sharpen my fangs and dare anyone to comment on my stubble.  It worked, because no one ever did.


These days, I only go once a month.  Covid helps, because there are less occasions to run into someone, and because the mask covers most of the stubble.  And, being further along in the process, it doesn't show as much.

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On 1/30/2021 at 7:10 PM, KatieP said:

I have been to the large volume folks near Chicago 5 times now. The first time, which was 33 hours of work on my face in 2 days, my face had some spots like your picture, Audrey. I sent them pictures and emails about it. The second time, and for all the others, there was no blistering or oozing at all. Still lots of swelling the second time, since it was after all something like 27 hours of work on my face. But no oozing. I went to work, in front of customers, the day after my 3rd session, and it was no issue at all. I am going back for my 6 session in Feb.


The reason I chose large volume was that being full time already I was unable to let the hairs grow for enough days for the technician to be happy with the length. Almost, I would have to let it grow for 3 days before seeing the electrologist, which mean essentially, every week I was "down" for 3 days. (Yes, I did everything backwards and should have done the electrolysis 30 years ago!) With large volume, I let it grow 1 week before, and it is long enough for them to work. The only issue is traveling TO Chicago the day before with lots of hair. Oh well. One bad day...


How do the rest of you deal with having to grow out the hair? Or were you just smarter than me, and you are working this out before going full time?



I took “Jackie Rabbits” advice and started hair removal first thing. My facial hair is kind of spotty and my only dense areas are my upper lip and chin. I’m pre HRT, but my hair grows slow so I need to have 2 days of growth before I go in. My lady has focused on my course dark hair and left my fine blonde hair alone.

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Well that was very interesting.

Can someone say ouch.

So an hour on the top lip and it wasn't that bad, I could still feel the zap but not really painful.

Please note I may have a pain threshold slightly higher than normal, however it was still easy to handle.

The reason - tada - Numbit cream (not sure if that violates forum rules). I was only able to put it on 15 minutes beforehand due to some factors which I won't go into.

Okay maybe I will. My work were bastards today. Left me with no vehicle and I had to find a bus that I've never used to that side of town which left me with a 15minute walk to my appointment. So pissed off at them not getting the vehicle I am supposed to be using for work and to go home with back to the office in time. I had to call my partner to drive down from the hills to pick me up. No idea where the vehicle will be tomorrow. So they will have to find a place for it overnight which serves them right. Okay rant over.


Anyhow I'm so happy my electrolysis on my top lip went so well.


Did I say it's been nearly 5 months since I was able to get to her because of covid, work and my private car breaking.

Still happy dance. I little more of the journey completed.


Sorry for the rant was feeling in need of venting. 🤪




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I'll take a photo once the soothing cream and ice pack have taken the sting away.

Once the cream wears off there is some residual ache.

Guess I'll see what it comes out tomorrow.


Hugs again

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