Removing Facial Hair

February 20, 2007

woman having facial hair removedHow can I get rid of hair on my face by homemade methods? But not by using bleach.




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February 20, 20070 found this helpful

Waxing is the best and longest way (besides laser removal). I am going to do laser but do the wax for eyebrows and upper lip. I've heard of some people using duct tape for hair removal on arms and such, but I don't think you'd want to do it on the face. Nair works, but only for surface and if the hair is dark it won't do much good because it will show when it grows out.

February 21, 20070 found this helpful

Try threading, which is how Indian women do it. Thread is twisted very tightly around the hair and then ripped off, like waxing. It's best to find someone who really knows how to do this

February 21, 20070 found this helpful

Hi, I've had tons of hair on my face & chin since I was a teenager. I'm in my 50's now & it's no picnic. The best way I've found to remove facial hair is pluck daily the BLACK hairs (I use Tweezerman tweezers & a 5X mirror under a bright light) then use an elec.


shaver once or twice a week for the light hairs. I used to use "Nair" but it was very irritating. Good luck.

February 21, 20070 found this helpful

Get yourself a Conair, battery operated razor. It's the size of a large pen. I've been using one for four years now and I love it. The more you use it, the lighter and thinner the hair grows back in. I use it on my whole face, including eyebrows, upper lip, cheeks, and neck. It gets rid of the baby fuzz that you get as you grow older. It was recommended to me by a cancer specialist. I only have to use it about once a week. I'd never be without one now!

February 23, 20070 found this helpful

I was just reading an article on yahoo about hair growth...

I have PCOS as well, so I got the whole bundle. LOL..


I pluck, pluck pluck, cut them off with scissors, electra shaver after plucking, I do waxing the week between my period and ovulation. If you do it too close to when you have your period your skin can become very irritated.I know mine does.

Keep plucking and I will let you know if the tea works.


By dbeeie columbia, sc (Guest Post)
February 25, 20070 found this helpful
I use this homemade sugar wax. Put a soft terrycloth rag over wax and press. Pull hard and quick. I use it on my face and legs.

By hina (Guest Post)
March 5, 20070 found this helpful

take 1 table spoon of white flour and 1 table spoon of potash alum and add 1 table spoon of rose water into it.....apply this on your face and do this daily for one month.....or get ur face waxed (hot)and then apply rose water it will close the pores and regrowth would be slower

By KARTHIKA (Guest Post)
March 5, 20070 found this helpful

Take one tablespoon of Turmeric powder and mix with curd. Apply this pack on your face regularly. Your hair regrowth will be slower.

By payal. (Guest Post)
March 23, 20070 found this helpful

i want a home suggestion, which remove all my hairs from my face in 2 months.

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October 29, 2008

Has anyone ever gotten laser hair removal done? If so, how bad was the pain and how long did your hair stay gone? I have heard it really isn't permanent but I am so desperate I am willing to think about getting it done. I have hair on my chin so bad that I need to shave twice a day now. My chin is too sensitive for waxing or Nair.

Do more women than I know of have hair on their chins or am I just a freak of nature? Also, has anyone tried the prescription Vaniqua for hair removal and did it work? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Mindy from Washington, IN


By Melanie (Guest Post)
October 29, 20080 found this helpful

I have gotten laser hair removal done on my bikini area and the pain pretty much feels like being snapped with rubberbands. You can also ask for a prescription cream that you can put on an hour prior to your appointment to numb the area. The best part is the treatment itself only takes 10 minutes or so and after its over the area feels fine. I have sensitive skin and i have never had any adverse reaction to the treatments. Unfortunately it isn't an instant fix. It takes anywhere from 5-10 treatments to get rid of all the hair and even then there is no guarantee some more won't sprout up. Overall my personal results outweighed whatever pain I temporarily experienced.

I come from a long line of women with hair on their chinny chin chins and as far as i know none of the prescriptions they've come out with have done anything to improve the situation. I know my grandmother tried a cream (i'm not sure its the Vaniqua you are talking about) that was supposed to slow hair growth but she said she couldn't notice a difference.


Hope this helps.

By londa (Guest Post)
October 29, 20080 found this helpful

The pain will depend on how much you want it off! It is not cheep, and at the dermatology office where I work, all patients who want it must sign a paper saying they understand it might not work. My co-worker who had it done says, yes, it hurts, but she is not sobbing right afterwords, if that is any use to you.

Have you tried plucking? That should last much longer than shaving. Londa

By Barb A (Guest Post)
October 29, 20080 found this helpful

I've performed laser hair removal many years. If the hair you are troubled with is black, or darkly pigmented, you're in luck. The ideal candidate has light skin and dark hair. The laser targets the melanin in the hair beneath the surface, so before embarking on treatment, be sure to not be plucking or waxing or removing in anyway other than shaving or trimming. Treatments will be 6-8 wks apart, with probably 5-7 treatments permanently reducing the amount of hair present.


You will more than likely have some residual hair, but it will be lighter and finer in appearance. Good luck. Pain? Depends on your tolerance level, and the density and thickness of the hair, and you can have topical anesthetics applied and you should be comfortable through the procedure.

October 30, 20080 found this helpful

Mindy: have your doctor test you for PCOS (polysystic ovarian syndrome), this could be responsible for your facial hair, my daughter has this problem as do I and this is what the doctor told us. He gave her a prescription but I don't know what it its called, perhaps Vaniqua. Your first step should be a doctor. Hugs, Cinnamon

By The future Mrs. (Guest Post)
October 30, 20080 found this helpful

I have had my full legs, the top of my foot, around my bikini area, and my under arms done with laser hair removal. I agree with it feels like a quick rubber band snap. I have noticed that every once in a while a spot on my legs will itch and it is always red in the areas where I had it done for about an hour or two and sometimes for the rest of the day. So if you do it, don't go out that night.

It was expensive (I had 50% off too) and it didn't get rid of all the hair but most of it. My last treatment is Saturday and I will still have to shave afterward. My legs are the thing that I am disappointed about. I wish they could have been done better but I can't do anything about it now. You don't want to pluck or shave before your appt either. They need the hair visible and above the skin but not long. When it is long, it stings more. Just to let you know. Let us know what you decide to do. I say go for it but that's just my opinion.

By Heatehr (Guest Post)
October 30, 20080 found this helpful

If you don't fit the qualifications for laser hair removal, try electrolysis. Especially good if your hair is very fine.

November 10, 20080 found this helpful

I've been getting laser hair removal for a while. I too am a freak of nature and shave my chin area 2x a day. My skin tone is fair and the hair on my chin is dark brown to red brown. I have lots of peach fuzz on my face and 10-15 stray dark brown hairs in the side burn area that i just pluck. When I used to pluck my chin hairs would get a lot of ingrowns and infections (like big pimples). So i started shaving. When i decided to get laser treatment i researched on the different types of laser machines used. I decided to go with a company that just does laser hair removal and has vested dollars to back their laser research. The machine that is used on me includes laser and radio frequency. The laser has a cooling plate which is helpful. I was told that facial hair is a little harder to treat because it is a hormonal area. I have seen some lightening and thinning, and still shave twice a day.

I get my full legs treated as well. I have hair from my ankles all the way up to my bikini line, inner thigh, and back of thighs. The top of my legs were always the most painful to shave because the hair was so thick. The hair on my legs are dark blonde-brown. I was told this was a little harder to treat because of the lack of pigment. I have had wonderful results with my legs. The hair has thinned, lightened, bald patches, etc. And it's easier to shave.

Pain----i had a hard time tolerating the pain. Not at first though. I was on a lower setting (for fair skin) and the settings gradually increased. There were times when i did cry. So.....I ordered a prescription numbing cream from Canada (with out a prescription) and it has helped dramatically. They should provide you with ice packs before/after treatment and a post-laser cream. I also take herbal relaxation pills because i get anxious about the treatment. An MP3 player has helped relax as well (leg treatments with a double pass can be 2 hours!).

Vaniqua does help, but you have to use it consistently. When I stopped using the cream, the hair came back. It's not permanent and there are some hairs that just won't go away.

Nair was always so harsh on my face and i had stubble after treatment plus it clogged my pores and i ended up with pimples. I could never stomach waxing. Too painful. Plus it doesn't make sense to me to rip something off my skin once a week. Would that cause wrinkles?

If you do decide to get treatment research the different types of lasers/machines used and the companies. Do they have just one type of machine, do they have a maintenance plan with their machines, do they have their own R&D into the machines? All they need is a doctor to run the operation and hire technicians that are trained on the machines. I opted not to go to a fancy place that can also do botox and a host of other treatments.

Also, try to not pluck as this will interfere with your laser treatment by retarding hair growth and the follicle.

I know that was a lot and hope that helps!

November 10, 20080 found this helpful

Thanks to everybody! I think I probably will go for it sometime, I will need to come up with the money first though. I am so desperate that I am willing to try anything at this point. Lucky for me I have dark hair on my face so hopefully it will work. When I ever get it done I will report on how well it did or didn't work, but it will probably be awhile from now. Thanks again:)

By Mary Ann (Guest Post)
November 22, 20080 found this helpful

Had Laser, went for all the treatments what a waste. Yes, it's uncomfortable. Have to shave (hate doing it) every day. I've even tried nair. It works but doesn't get it all, maybe I dint do it right.

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February 21, 2012

Does anyone have a safe and effective treatment for hair removal for chin and upper lip hair? I use a Finish Touch razor, but it is temporary and the chin hair is stubborn to get rid of. Thank you.

By flower51

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May 15, 2007

I am looking for anyone who has had electrolysis done on their face. Please specify if a disposable needle was used or if a probe was used. I am trying to find out if you feel that what you had done was successful and worth the time and money. Any feedback, positive or negative, relating to your experiences would be appreciated. Please be sure to let me know if it was by needle or probe. I have been told that laser will not work on coarse white hairs and that is part of my problem. In terms of time and cost, does anyone have any feedback on whether to have laser first on the hair that it will treat and then electrolysis on the hair that laser won't treat?

Frances from Kansas City, MO


By Carlene (Guest Post)
May 16, 20070 found this helpful

I have used electrolysis with a disposable needle. It worked great for me. Mine was heavy to. I went twice a month for a while then once a month. The cost is a lot less than laser . If you have a very low pain tolerance recommend laser.
Nothing I couldn't stand but my daughter liked the laser.
Am very happy with my experience with electrolysis.

By (Guest Post)
May 16, 20070 found this helpful

I had electrolysis done on my blond hair on my face. It was by probe. It was very effective for me, but I did have very fine hair. It is time consuming and you have to commit to it. I probably went once a week for two years. But that was sixteen years ago and since then I have only been for a touch up once. It is not the nicest feeling in the world, but bearable and the sessions don't really last that long. If you have hair that has been waxed, shaved or plucked previously, it will take plenty more sessions to kill the hair. But it is very effective if you're willing to dedicate the time and as for cost, well I know this is a thrifty site, but isn't it priceless to feel good about yourself?

By no name today (Guest Post)
May 16, 20070 found this helpful

Many years ago I had electrolysis. I went for *5* years or so and it may have done some good but I find an electric shaver the best way to go for me. My hair was course and dark. I expect that it was a probe since this was so long ago. It irritated my skin for a few days but I still continued. It did hurt. I still grew new hair and it seemed like a never ending process.

50 or 60 years ago my Mother had it done and she grew more hair. At 85 years old she was plucking them.

My adult children and I, just use an electric shaver.

Would I do it again -- NO! Was it a waste of money -- YES!

Do I think you should try it? Yes, but if you don't think it is working-----------?

By lisha (Guest Post)
May 19, 20070 found this helpful

did anyone ever did their eyebrow before with electrolysis and what happened to their skin after words. becasue i did my eyebrow and till now my skin is drooped down. the area was swollowed and now its drooped down. can someone please tell me if this is because of the heat and will i get better and will my eyes back normal again.

By carolyn (Guest Post)
June 3, 20070 found this helpful

Forget electrolysis! Go to your dermatologist and have IPL done instead, unless you're a real blonde. Intensive pulselight therapy works fairly well for facial and bikini areas (I've had both done), three times each, leaving me with just a few hairs to tweeze! It also works for little wrinkles and sunspots.

By sabrina 25yrs old (Guest Post)
April 16, 20080 found this helpful

Well I am currently under going treatmeant right now for my face. I have very fair skin with blonde hairs running down my jawline. My first 3 hour sesions were hell. But my sessions are down to 30 mins once a week. I am happy with my progress so far but the only down side for me was the little red bumps I had occured after each treatment that looked like pimples but went away after a few days. But you do have to be dedicated and have some type of pain tolerance because it is not pain free.

By SANDY (Guest Post)
October 9, 20080 found this helpful

I'm a qualified beauty therapist and have had the treatment, and yes they do use a disposable needle. It does not hurt, it tingles, but the therapist asks how you feel during the treatment so don't fear it. I do treat clients who are afraid of needles but when I start the (electrolysis) treatment, they are fine.

May 6, 20090 found this helpful

I have had laser done twice. Once in Texas and a few years later again in Virginia. Both times it was OK for a few months but then my facial hair came in heavier and worse than ever. I tweezed and shaved for several years before I decided to finally try electrolysis. So far I am very happy with it. There have been no after effects, bumps, redness, etc. I have ruddy very oily skin and that might make a differece. I would think a fair haired person might have more problems. I feel no pain at all. Feels similar to tweezing to me. The person doing mine has had twenty years experience and became an electrologist after going through treatment herself. Wish I had done it years ago as from what I have read, it seems to be the only permanent solution!

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May 27, 2011

I have a problem. I'm 18yrs old. When I was small about 2yrs, I developed asthma, so I have to drink lots of medicine. Now when I am 18yrs it starts having an effect on my face. The hair grows longer on my face like men.

I have done many things to get rid of this but already no effect. I don't know what to do now. I am getting married soon. I have done waxing, etc., but it continues to grow longer. So I need your help now. What would I do?

By roomanah


May 31, 20110 found this helpful

Electrolysis. The only permanent way to remove hair permanently.


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May 31, 20110 found this helpful

Asthma medications do not at all cause hair growth. Your hair growth is simply caused by genetics and/or hormonal changes. At 18 your hormones are raging. Please don't let the hair growth bother you and know that it is normal. Keep waxing or have electrolysis (which you do have to keep doing from time to time) or simply shave. If someone tells you that shaving will make the hair grow in thicker and/or longer because of shaving they are simply listening to old wives tales because any type of hair removal does not change your basic genetics. Enjoy your wedding and I am sure your fiance will love you whether you have facial hair or not. :-)

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December 7, 2011

I am looking for the best hair removal method for facial hair. What do you think of Finishing Touch razor. What do you all use? Thank you.

By flower

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March 25, 2011

How do I remove coarse facial hair? I have tried an epilator, shaving, various creams, Nads, and wax. What works the best? I can't afford to go to a salon for treatment. Any feedback much appreciated.

By Fran from Fife, Scotland


March 25, 20110 found this helpful

I have sensitive skin and have tried surgicream, nair, tweezing, waxing and honey mixture wax too. Everything causes irritation on my skin. I get bumps, redness and peeling. By the time my skin heals its time to do it again.

I would love to try electrolysis but cannot afford it at the moment. (A friend had excellent results.) I would suggest that if you can find an affordable place.

March 25, 20110 found this helpful

Hello, I had to write about facial hair. I am a retired cosmetologist of 17 years. I waxed my eyebrows and lip all the time with wax like every other week. After doing this for a while, all the hair is gone. I don't know if it pulled the root out but now I don't have any hair under my eye brows or lip to worry about. I really think it was because I did it all the time. Good luck.

March 26, 20110 found this helpful

Lots of us in the same boat! Have tried facial epilator a bit painful to start with but it works, but still have to tweeze the occasional hair though. Its just a never ending battle!
Dont know if we will ever win the war but onwards and upwards. Hope there is an answer out there if I hear it I will share.

March 26, 20110 found this helpful

There is a cream available from the doctor, I do not know what it costs but apparently it does work. Also, go and see your doctor and be tested for problems to do with your ovaries and your testosterone levels. I shave every morning and have had this problem since birth, so I do understand.

March 28, 20110 found this helpful

After years of being embarrassed by facial hair, I finally got laser treatments and my only regret is that I waited so long. I was plucking hairs every day some being very thick and it was becoming a part time job!

The first 3 treatments were a bit pricy but the followup ones are cheaper. Hair growth is hormonal so everyone is different. I haven't had a treatment for at least a year and a half. I get stray hairs but pluck them out with a tweezer and they are gone for at least a few months. I can let them grow, shaving them with my electric shaver for a while and go back for another treatment if I like.

The only area that gets a little fuzzy still is above my lip. I use my electric shaver once in a while and it's gone. Considering I had a serious mustache before, that's not so bad!

Your skin will look a little nicer too because the pores where the hair used to grow out of, close up.

Laser only works with dark hair as previously stated. Many places are having recession specials now so shop around for a good deal! I would highly recommend laser.

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July 31, 2015

I recently waxed my side burns, about 2 weeks ago, but I'm kinda getting a stubble. The same goes with my upper lip.

I used the wax strips that they sell at Wallgreen's, but I don't know why my hair is growing back so fast. Help!

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October 23, 2014

It was my fool attempt to cleaning out my facial hairs in order to make my face smooth and more fine than before, but sadly it turned worse. Now it is not smooth, but it is more rough and has more ingrown hairs. Also, my face has gone from darker and reddish to white and bright. So what should I do to have my previous face?

By pardon

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May 2, 2013

I have hair on my chin and I pluck them. I have so many black spots it's so embarrassing. Everybody asks me what happen to you. How can I get rid of these spots?

By Fatima

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March 28, 2017

If you have hair on your upper lip and would like to have it removed there are some frugal solutions out there. This is a page about removing hair from my upper lip.

A woman removing hair from her upper lip.

March 5, 2017

This page concerns my daughter shaving her sideburns. Young people can be very self conscience. Unwanted facial hair can be removed in a few other ways without shaving.

A pink woman's razor next to a bar of soap.

July 20, 2021

I have hairs growing on my cheeks and chin. I usually pluck them. Eventually I have black spots where I have removed the hair. How do I get rid of these marks?


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