How Can I Remove Facial Hair Permanently at Home?

Reviewed on 12/16/2020

How can I remove facial hair permanently at home?

Women can use home remedies to remove unwanted facial hair.
Women can use home remedies to remove unwanted facial hair.

Facial hair has always been a concern for women. Some women have very dense facial hair (hirsutism), which may be due to genetic or hormonal conditions. Whatever  the reason, most women are bothered by unwanted facial hair and look for permanent options to get rid of it. Although home remedies are generally perceived to be the easiest and safest option, there is no evidence that home remedies for hair removal can provide a permanent or even long-lasting solution for unwanted hair. Because facial hair is a normal biological occurrence, most methods do not remove hair permanently. Even laser hair removal cannot permanently remove hair from a woman’s face. The only advanced technique for hair removal that can permanently remove facial hair is electrolysis. Electrolysis involves using an electric current to permanently destroy the hair follicle. If you have excessive facial hair growth, you must consult your doctor. The excess hair may be due to an underlying health condition such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Thus, addressing the underlying disease is essential to get the best results.

Some of the methods that you can try for facial hair removal at home include

  • Shaving: This is an inexpensive, easy-to-use, and pain-free method for facial hair removal. Shaving, however, does not provide lasting results and needs to be done every day. Moreover, there may be a risk of injuries such as cuts and burns. Avoid reusing the blades, as it increases the chances of ingrown hairs (face bumps) and infection of the follicles.
  • Depilatory creams: These creams can remove facial hair without causing any pain. You need to apply them to the target area and wipe them off after a few minutes to remove the hair. These creams can cause skin irritation in some people. Thus, you must try them on a small area of your skin such as the back of the ear to check for skin sensitivity before using them.
  • Waxing: Both hot and cold wax are available in the market for hair removal. This method for hair removal is quite painful, but the results may last for a few weeks. Ensure that the wax is not too hot before applying it on the skin to prevent skin burns. Waxing should not be done if you are on certain medications such as tretinoin, isotretinoin (current use or used within the past six months) and antibiotics. Waxing may leave your skin irritated for some time. Applying ice or aloe vera gel after waxing can help the skin get better.
  • Threading: This method involves the use of cotton thread to remove facial hair. The thread is held between the fingers and twisted and turned on the area where hair is removed. It is suitable for removing unwanted hair from smaller areas such as the eyebrows and upper lips. Threading is a painful procedure and can cause skin irritation and breakouts.
  • Prescription medications: These medications retard the growth of new hair. They contain the substance eflornithine hydrochloride. You can consult a board-certified dermatologist to get this prescription medication.
  • Egg, sugar and cornstarch mask: Although there is no scientific evidence, certain homemade hair removal masks may help remove unwanted facial hair. You can make one by mixing together two to three teaspoons of sugar, an egg and a spoonful of cornstarch. Apply the mixture to your face for 15 to 20 minutes and peel it off. Doing this regularly can make your skin supple and possibly reduce facial hair growth. 

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References
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American Academy of Dermatology Association


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