Sujata Jolly, founder and medical director at Clinogen, talks to The Harley Street Journal about how to treat unwanted vellus hair, or “peach fuzz” as it’s commonly known.

At present, the most popular method of treating unwanted hair is photo-epilation – laser and IPL. Both need a conduit for the energy – this is the melanin within the hair. However, vellus hair presents two major issues – there is little or no melanin in light coloured hair and there is a lack of density of melanin in darker hair.

Vellus hair requires a different treatment methodology. My research led to the conclusion that the most effective way to treat vellus hair is to use a high-pH formulation.

This led to the development of Hair V Go. Using a pH between 12.2-12.4, Hair V Go breaks down the bonds that hold the hairs’ cells together. It works by dissolving the lipid bonds across the hair shaft and going down into the hair shaft. So it works in two ways meaning that you will get penetration across the hair shaft and down the hair follicle.

By travelling down the follicle, Hair V Go begins to disable the stem cells within the bulge. These stem cells are responsible for creating the hair follicle and regenerate not only the follicle but also the epithelial layer. Therefore, unless we can disable or destroy the stem cells, hair will continue to grow. Hair V Go progressively disables stem cells within the bulge which reduces their activity, hence hair reduction is achieved.

Hair V Go treatment protocol is simple to follow. As we are using an alkaline formulation it is essential the acid mantle of the skin is not disrupted prior to treatment; this means that the skin should not be cleansed even if the client is wearing makeup. For this reason, I have adopted a belt and braces approach in order to leave the practitioner with no worries or concerns.

Step one: application of paste mixed from Hair V Go Treatment Powder and Activator Solution. This breaks down the lipid bonds in the hair and is left untouched for 8 to 10 minutes.

Step two: wash off all traces of the paste and cleanse with pH Reset Cleanser.

Step three: reinstate skin’s barrier function with application of Acid Mantle Mist.

Step four: the treatment is finished with a specially formulated Hair V Go Hair Reduction Treatment Cream which contains a mixture of key botanical hair growth inhibitors, including gymnemic acids, which further helps to slow down hair growth. Post-treatment aftercare includes the same hair reduction treatment cream to be by the client for the next seven days.

I recommend that treatments are initially carried out every three weeks. Then, as hair growth decreases the period between treatments is increased to four weeks, five weeks and so on. Eventually the client will require just three or four management sessions a year.

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