How To Remove Facial Hair: Effective Methods That Work

Hair growth can occur due to a number of reasons from hormonal changes to genetics. Unlike the hair on the other body parts, facial hair is quite visible and hard enough to deal with.

If you’re bothered by the hair that grows on your face and find it tedious to visit a salon every few weeks, here are some simple and effective ways to remove your facial hair naturally at home.

Effective Methods To Remove Facial Hair

1. Waxing

Waxing is one of the effective ways to remove facial hair. In this process, hot wax is applied to the facial area from which you want to remove the facial hair and then using a waxing strip you can rip off the facial hair from its roots.

Just remember, when you’re shopping for wax, look for soft wax, or wax that’s formulated for use on the face. If you choose a wax that needs to be warmed at home, purchase a wax warmer. A wax warmer will heat the wax evenly and allow you better control over the temperature.

Further, purchase plenty of waxing sticks to only use each stick once. “Double-dipping” can introduce bacteria into the wax and may cause a skin infection.

Follow these steps to wax your facial hair:

  • Wash your hands.
  • Clean and exfoliate your face.
  • Apply the wax while holding the skin taut.
  • Firmly remove the strip in the direction the hair grows.
  • Now, remove the leftover wax with baby oil, then moisturize.

While waxing the facial hair regularly can reduce its growth over time, it is also a painful method to undergo that can leave your skin feeling quite sensitive.

2. Epilation

Epilation is another effective option for removing facial hair. This may sound painful, but it is actually a relatively painless and mess-free way to remove hair when compared to waxing.

Epilators eliminate facial hair by grabbing multiple hairs at the same time and removing them from the root. Because hair is removed from the root, it takes longer to grow back. Sometimes, epilation results in hairs growing back softer and finer. Strands may become less noticeable.

To remove hair with an epilator, follow these steps:

  • Hold the epilator at a 90-degree angle.
  • Move the epilator in the direction of hair growth.
  • Slowly glide the epilator over your face to avoid breaking the hair. Don’t press it too hard against your skin.
  • Rinse off your face and pat dry.

3. Tweezing

Tweezing is another simple and effective way to remove facial hair. Tweezers are designed to pluck or pull hair from the roots. Tweezing your hair with stainless steel and sanitized tweezer can prevent it from growing back for at least 4-8 weeks.

To tweeze facial hair, follow these steps:

  • Wipe your face with a warm washcloth to soften the skin.
  • Isolate the hairs you want to pluck.
  • While holding your skin taut, pluck one hair at a time.
  • Always pull or pluck in the direction of hair growth.
  • If you have pain, rub an ice cube over the area to reduce redness and inflammation.

4. Threading

Threading is probably the most common method of removing facial hair. Mostly this process is used for shaping eyebrows and removing unwanted facial hair on the upper lip, side of the face, and chin.

In this method, a length of thread is twisted between the thumbs and forefingers and is glided against the skin to remove the facial hair. The results can last longer than shaving or tweezing and this method doesn’t cause ingrown hairs.

As threading doesn’t involve chemicals, there’s no risk of a skin reaction, although you may experience minor discomfort during the process. To reduce pain, use numbing cream on your face, or apply a warm compress afterward. This method of hair removal requires skill, so you’ll need to find a trained cosmetologist or esthetician.

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5. Shaving

Shaving is one of the fastest and easiest ways to remove facial hair. However, with this process, the results aren’t permanent or long-lasting. Your face will remain hair-free for one to three days, and then you’ll have to re-shave.

For the best results, clean your face and apply a layer of soap or shaving cream. This promotes a smooth surface and reduces the likelihood of cuts. Glide the shaver over your face in the direction of hair growth.

Keep in mind that while this method is relatively safe, ingrown hairs can be a side effect of shaving. These small bumps develop when hair grows back into the skin. Ingrown hairs usually improve on their own within days.

6. Hair Removal Creams

Depilatory creams also known as facial hair removal creams are probably the most effective and painless way of removing hair from your face. These creams contain potent chemicals that dissolve your hair, which can then be simply scraped or wiped away.

First, wash your face with warm water to soften the hair follicles. Then, apply a layer of the cream to the area where you want to remove the hair. Then, wipe the cream and hair away with a warm, damp washcloth.

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