If you’re a woman with facial hair, it’s understandable if you’re a little self-conscious about your looks. Even if other people barely notice your facial hair, you probably see it every single time you look in the mirror.
That said, there are many ways of getting rid of it. Some of them, like laser hair removal, involve making appointments with cosmetic specialists who can recommend the ideal treatment for your needs. Others are fairly simple, and are worth trying before you go spending your money on a major treatment that might not be necessary.
Don’t worry if you have female facial hair. These techniques and tips can help you remove it for good.
8 Simple Natural Remedies
Again, not every method for removing female facial hair requires spending a lot of money or consulting with a doctor. Some remedies merely involve using basic natural ingredients you may already have in your home. Even if you don’t, they’re easy to find at a local store. Remedies like the following:
Homemade Honey Wax
Save money on hair removal wax by making your own with ingredients you probably have in your kitchen. All you have to do is mix a tablespoon of honey, a tablespoon of water, and two tablespoons of sugar in a microwave-safe bowl.
Heat up the mixture in the microwave for about 30 seconds, or long enough for the sugar to melt into the other ingredients. The final product should be a waxy substance. Apply the wax to your facial air (wait until it’s not too hot), then let it cool for several moments. Once it’s cool enough, place a strip of cloth over the wax and peel it off. This technique works just like traditional waxing, and it’s a lot less costly.
If you don’t have honey on hand, you can use molasses instead. For this recipe, place a cup of sugar in a microwave-safe bowl and pour in enough wax to cover it. Heat it up in the microwave until the sugar dissolves into the molasses.
Wait for the wax to cool slightly until applying it to your skin. While it can be somewhat warm, you don’t want it to be so hot that it causes any damage. Once it feels safe, apply it to the areas of your face where you have unwanted hair, and peel it off with a cloth.
This is one of the simplest ways to remove facial hair, and many who try it feel that it’s less painful and irritating than waxing.
Start by pouring a quarter cup of water into a saucepan, and heat it up over the stove. Once the water is hot, add two cups of sugar and a quarter cup of lemon juice. Mix the ingredients together until the water starts to bubble. When it starts to bubble, reduce the heat and let the mixture simmer. Remove it from the heat when it turns an amber hue.
Let it cool until it’s safe to apply to your skin. You should use this time to add some baby powder or corn starch to your skin, otherwise the mixture may stick to it, causing irritation.
After you’ve applied the baby powder and the mixture has cooled to a safe temperature, apply it to your skin in the opposite direction of the hair growth. Place a strip of cloth or cotton on top of the paste, let it cool for a few moments, then rip it off in the direct of the hair. Repeat as necessary until you’ve removed all the hairs.
Egg White Mask
Sure, applying egg whites to your face might seem like an odd idea for a beauty regimen, but it’s actually a very smart way to remove hairs while also boosting your overall looks. That’s because eggs contain a good amount of protein, providing your skin with essential nutrients.
To create an egg white mask, mix a tablespoon of table sugar and half a tablespoon of corn starch with the white from a single egg. Mix them together until you have a pasty substance. Apply it to your face and let it sit until it’s completely dry. Once it is, you can rip it right off your face. Because it’s so sticky, the mask will adhere to your facial hairs, removing them.
Just make sure you’re careful when taking it off, as it could be painful to remove too quickly.
Gelatin Face Mask
This is another effective face mask that you can make with household ingredients. Start by mixing one tablespoon of unflavored gelatin mix with three tablespoons of whole milk. Add a drop of lavender essential oil, along with a few drops of lemon juice. The lemon juice serves to bleach any hairs that aren’t removed by the mask, making them much less noticeable.
In a microwave, heat up the mixture for 20 seconds at most. When you remove it from the microwave, it may be somewhat hot, but unless you suspect it will be hot enough to cause pain or injury, it’s important to apply it to your face immediately. That’s because it gets sticky very quickly, making it useless to you if you don’t apply it in a timely manner.
Let the mask sit on your face for five minutes. Because this mask is particularly strong, make sure to only apply it in areas where you’d like to remove your facial hair. In other words, don’t put it near your eyebrows, otherwise it could remove them as well.
Once five minutes have elapsed, just peel away the mask. Doing so won’t just remove unwanted female facial hair—it can also get rid of blackheads and dead skin cells.
Papaya & Turmeric
Papaya has enzymes that break down the hair follicles, getting rid of unwanted female facial hair permanently.
All you have to do is scoop out some raw papaya, mashing it together with a half teaspoon of turmeric powder until you have a pasty substance. Apply it to your face, taking care to avoid areas where you don’t want to remove any hair, like your eyebrows.
Let the mixture sit on your face for about 15 minutes, then remove it by washing thoroughly. You’ll have to try this method about once every two weeks, but it won’t take long to see results.
Many women choose not to shave their facial hair because they’ve heard that doing so will make the hair coarser when it grows back. This is actually a myth. The reason it persists is due to the fact that unshaven hair has a soft tip that’s remove when shaved, leaving the coarse hair behind. However, if you shave very closely, this won’t be an issue.
Consider asking a cosmetics specialist to demonstrate how to shave your female facial hair so that you’re able to remove it completely. They’ll help you get the close shave that produces the results you want.
Sure, it may be a very simple answer to your problem, but if you don’t have many hairs on your face, plucking them out with tweezers is an easy, effective way to remove them. Just make sure to disinfect your tweezers with rubbing alcohol before and after each use, otherwise you may risk an infection.
It’s also important to pull at the hairs very closely with your tweezers, removing them by the root. If the hairs break off partially, they may grow back into your skin as ingrown hairs, causing discomfort.
4 Medical Methods
The techniques mentioned above are often very effective. However, some people aren’t satisfied with the results they get from natural remedies. In this case, you should schedule an appointment with a dermatologist and ask for their recommendations.
They may suggest the following options:
Laser Hair Removal
Although it’s much more expensive than natural methods, laser hair removal is certainly the most permanent way to get rid of unwanted female facial hair. That’s because it involves using either lasers or pulsed light to entirely destroy the root of the hair.
Natural methods will get rid of hairs temporarily, but typically, they grow back. Through the laser hair removal process, you can be certain that your hairs will stay away permanently. This is an option to consider if you have a condition that involves the constant growth of unwanted facial hair, like a hormonal imbalance. Make sure you discuss this option with a qualified dermatologist or cosmetic physician before deciding it’s necessary.
Keep in mind, very few patients experience major results with only one treatment. You’ll probably need a minimum of six before you’re satisfied with the changes. Some patients don’t see major results until they’ve had as many as a dozen treatments. You might also have to return for touch-up appointments in the future.
If your unwanted facial hair is spread out over a relatively large area, laser hair removal may be your best medical option. On the other hand, if your unwanted hair is restricted to a small area, like your skin, electrolysis is another treatment to consider.
With this method, a specialist places a very small needle into the skin, using an electric current to destroy each and every unwanted hair follicle. The process takes a long time, given its precise nature. That’s why most experts only recommend this option to patients who want to remove hair from small, specific areas of the face. You’ll also need weekly or biweekly treatments until all the hairs are completely removed.
That said, as with laser hair removal, this is a dependable treatment to consider if you want to be sure your hair has been removed permanently.
Creams and Lotions
A dermatologist or related specialist can also prescribe creams that work by dissolving the proteins that make up your facial hair. In the past, these types of creams often had unpleasant odors, but now there are special varieties for facial use that don’t smell.
Although creams and lotions are more traditionally used to remove hair on the body—they used to be ineffective at breaking down coarse, facial hair—these new varieties are designed specifically for the types of hairs that grow on your face.
If you choose to give these products a try, make sure you discuss their uses with an expert before applying them to your face. Leaving them on too long can also result in damage to the skin, especially if your skin is particularly sensitive. Always use them according to the exact directions of your physician (or the product manufacturer) to avoid any unwanted side effects.
You should also ask about creams that serve to slow the growth of hairs. Although they don’t break them down, they may be the safer option if you have sensitive skin and don’t have a lot of unwanted facial hair.
Many women have unwanted facial hair due to hormonal imbalances. These can develop without warning, as the result of menopause or other physical changes.
Fortunately, if this is the cause of your problems, there are also easy solutions. A doctor may prescribe birth control pills to balance out your hormones. Although birth control pills almost always involve some degree of side effects, these side effects can be mild when compared to the inconvenience of laser hair removal, electrolysis, or daily cream applications.
On top of that, because they address the overall cause of the unwanted hair growth, they can also have permanent effects. Look into this option if you’re at the age where menopause begins, or if you’ve been diagnosed with a condition like polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Again, female facial hair can cause you a lot of stress. The beauty standards society places on women make it very difficult to ignore any unwanted facial hair when you look in the mirror.
Luckily, you don’t need to simply give up and live with this problem. Try any of these techniques, and you’ll see your appearance improving very quickly. Best of all, many of the most effective remedies cost little to no money. You can even try them today.