How to Remove Facial Hair For Women
Tired of that peach fuzz growing back in? Or perhaps the hair on your cheeks, chin, and other random areas has gotten in the way of getting the clear skin you’ve always dreamed of? No matter the case, there are plenty of facial hair removal methods that can sort you out. Some of them can be done at home, while others require the help of a professional.
Bottom line is, us women don’t have to feel self-conscious about it for long. While having facial hair is absolutely normal and nothing to be ashamed of (even superstars have it!), more severe cases can cause buildup of dirt in our pores.
In this article, we’ll be talking about the different ways to remove facial hair. Read on to find the best style suited for you!
Is facial hair removal safe for women?
Hair removal can be delicate, especially when it’s done in sensitive areas on the face. Some methods, such as dermaplaning, can be more delicate than others as they require careful removal of hair using a tiny scalpel. It limits hair growth by removing a thin layer of skin so dirt doesn’t clog up the hair follicle or pores. Rest assured, however, that a professional can do this hair removal method with utmost care. And don’t believe every horror story you hear about peach fuzz growing back thicker!
Other hair removal treatments can be done at home with no professional training needed, such as waxing, depilatories, and tweezing. There are even organic solutions such as mixtures of sugar, water, lemon juice, tea tree oil, and more. These home remedies are a great short-term solution to removing that peach fuzz or occasional stray hair.
What is the best at-home hair removal method?
Wax strips, natural mixtures, and depilatories are some of the best hair removal techniques that can be done by yourself, although these work more as a short-term solution than long-term ones. However, if you prefer to maintain your own hair at home, then these are the best options:
Sugaring is an all-natural technique which includes the use of ingredients such as lemon juice and water to make a thick paste, leaving your face free of any unwanted hair for as long as six weeks.
Removing hair with a sugar paste or gel is almost similar to using wax, but much cleaner and apparently less painful. This is because a sugar paste can remove unwanted hair as short as 1/16 inch. Unlike waxing, which requires ¼-inch long hair to remove, you don’t have to grow out the hair on your body before removing it with sugar.
Women who absolutely hate how painful waxing is are bound to love this gentler treatment. However, since the paste is bound to be very sticky, it’s going to take some skill to mold with one’s fingers. You’ll need to be able to hold the skin taut before applying the layer of gel or paste on the treated area of the body. Many say this can also remove dead skin cells.
There’s also a similar method involving sugar called sugar waxing. This is, supposedly, a similar version, except it uses a thinner substance compared to the paste. It’s also said to be easier to mold compared to the thick paste of sugaring, even so far as to be removable by water. Ingredients used are almost similar, usually sugar, water, lemon juice, and tea tree oil or a chamomile extract.
Traditional waxing is a tried-and-tested way to remove unwanted hair growth in certain areas. However, the skin on our face is obviously going to be a lot more sensitive than, say, our underarms or legs. Can you imagine the irritated, raw feeling right after having your armpits waxed, but directly above your mouth this time? Not great!
Good thing there are facial wax strips that are designed to be more gentle with removing unwanted hair in this delicate area. Waxing can remove hair for as long as four weeks. Just make sure not to use any harsh exfoliants beforehand as it can increase the sensitivity of your skin. After care is vital, too. Once you’re done waxing that peach fuzz, slather on a light, calming oil to moisturize and soothe the skin.
If you’re looking for a quick fix to your facial hair woes, then depilatory cream products are the way to go. A depilatory cream uses chemicals to break down hair follicles in just 5 to 10 minutes. The results are a clean, fresh, and hairless face in a short amount of time. The downside? These products can be super harsh, especially in sensitive areas. But that doesn’t mean they’re completely off the table, though. Most of these creams are formulated to be extra moisturizing so your skin doesn’t become too irritated afterwards.
However, this style might not be suitable for all skin types. Our advice is to do a patch test with your chosen product on areas like the inside of your elbow or the back of the ear before trying one out, especially if you have sensitive or dry skin!
Perfect for brows and the occasional chin hairs, tweezers are one of the best facial hair removal products because they’re easy, quick, and have few side effects. You don’t need to go to the clinic or use a complicated appliance. Just a few minutes and off those chin, T-zone, or eyebrow hairs go! Obviously, if you’re looking for longer-lasting results, there are much better options. But if you need a quick pluck, then all you need are tweezers.
Threading is a great, inexpensive, and yet super efficient tool for shaping the brows or removing peach fuzz at home. According to Byrdie, there’s a general rule of thumb here: if you can feel the hair, then you’ll most likely be able to thread it. This method is great because it doesn’t use any chemicals or expensive tools, making it more amenable to all skin types.
This method we all know, but it doesn’t exactly produce the best results. Pros: they’re easy! If you’re simply looking for a quick way to remove stray hair, then a shave is super convenient. There are tools specifically for facial shaving available (never your body shave on your face!) and they’re best paired with a cream or oil to soothe the skin. Cons: shaving often results in darkened skin or chicken skin, only to have hair grow back in a short amount of time.
Can I permanently remove hair on my face?
Plenty of women struggle with trying to permanently remove hair from their face. Thankfully, technology has adapted to give us a wide range of options. Although not all of these are permanent, they can keep the growth of unwanted hairs at bay for much, much longer than the other methods we’ve discussed thus far. Let’s check some of them out — you just might find the right approach for you!
Laser Hair Removal
If you’ve been keeping up with the latest content on our page, then you’ll know we’ve done an article all about diode laser removal. This method is safe, speedy, and suited for Filipina skin tones.
As long as you do the right preparation beforehand, this treatment is one of the most long-lasting ones, being able to limit hair growth over the course of a few years. Laser hair removal inhibits hair growth straight from the hair follicle using a designated device, so you won’t have to worry about constant maintenance. It’s also suitable for almost all skin types. If you have experience manning a laser hair remover, then you can buy a device online and save the extra cost of going to a clinic.
Although less popular in the Philippines, electrolysis is a permanent hair removal style approved by the FDA. This approach uses an electric current to zap hairs individually, which results in permanent removal. While a little painful compared to the previous procedure we talked about, electrolysis does have an advantage in that you don’t need to have a certain skin tone; it’s compatible with everyone.
Prescription Facial Hair Removal Cream
These intensive hair removal creams are formulated specifically to address the issue of unwanted hairs. They work similarly to prescription creams for our skin. If you’ve been having trouble keeping those unwanted hairs at bay, a prescription might be for you.
Joey is an AB Psychology graduate of the University of St. La Salle – Bacolod. Her life’s passions include writing, film, and spending hours on end binge-watching fashion vloggers on Youtube.