Reduce unwanted facial hair

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Reduce unwanted facial hair
Reduce unwanted facial hair

There are many ways to remove or reduce unwanted facial hair. Many people suffer from this problem, mainly due to hormonal changes. Fortunately, there are many remedies available, from natural remedies that you can use at home to more complicated procedures that you can do at a beauty salon.


Method 1 of 4: Pulling out or destroying the hair

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Step 1. Use tweezers to reduce facial hair

This is one of the most common methods of removing facial hair. It works best if you don't have too many hairs that need to be removed. One or two dark hairs on your chin? Epilation is the best way.

  • Sterilize the tips of the tweezers with rubbing alcohol before pulling out the hairs to prevent infection. Keep the skin around the hair taut. Grab the hair as close to the root as possible and pull it out.
  • Epilating facial hair is cheap, but it takes a lot of time. It can also be painful, and hairs that break off can grow under the skin. To avoid this, pull gently on the hairs, and don't yank too hard with the tweezers.
  • After 3 to 8 weeks, hairs that have been pulled out grow back.
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Step 2. Try a disposable or reusable blade for a wet shave

Apply shaving cream or foam to your chin or upper lip. Run the razor over your skin, in the direction of hair growth.

  • You can also use an electric razor for a dry or wet shave. Be careful because you can cut yourself. It can be difficult to shave certain parts of your face with a blade, such as your chin.
  • However, your hair quickly grows back when you shave it. It can grow back after a few hours to a few days.
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Step 3. Try to epilate with a wire

Threaded epilation is a technique that originated in the Middle East, but it is also becoming increasingly popular in the West. It is often used to tweeze eyebrows, but you can also remove other facial hair with it.

  • The beautician wraps a cotton thread around the hairs and pulls them out in rows.
  • An advantage of epilation with wire is that it does not irritate sensitive skin, as is often the case with waxing. The hairs grow back after a few weeks.
  • Search the Internet for a beautician near you who can epilate with a wire.
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Step 4. Use lasers

Laser treatment is very effective for getting rid of unwanted hair. The laser emits heat and light and ensures that the hairs stop growing for a certain time.

  • It may take 9 months or more to get the end result you want, but it's worth it. It's expensive, but you'll save money in the end. One of the disadvantages of laser treatment is that it can be painful. A big advantage is that it can permanently remove the hairs.
  • You will probably need several treatments before the hairs are completely destroyed. Laser treatment works best for people with light skin and dark hair.
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Step 5. Try electrolysis

Electrolysis should be done in a beauty salon. This is a lengthy process that is especially suitable for removing hairs from a small area, such as the upper lip.

  • Electrolysis is performed with a small needle. This sends an electrical current to each hair root, one at a time, destroying the hair permanently.
  • Electrolysis can remove white and blond hairs, unlike laser treatment, which works better on dark hair and fair skin. You may need several treatments before the hairs are destroyed.

Method 2 of 4: Using chemicals to remove the hair

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Step 1. Try waxing

You can do it yourself at home or have it done at a beauty salon. Waxing removes hairs at the root, so it's an effective way to get a smooth face. Some people do get irritated skin.

  • Warm wax should be applied to the desired areas with an applicator provided with the kit and allowed to cool. Using your fingers, pull the cooled wax off your skin against the direction of hair growth. If you do it regularly, less and less hair will grow back, because this technique disrupts the development of the hair roots.
  • If your skin is sensitive to the wax, you can also make your own wax from sugar. Mix 380 grams of sugar, 60 ml of lemon juice and 60 ml of water in a pan. Bring it to a boil so that it becomes a paste. It should simmer for about 25 minutes and turn golden brown. Let it cool. Sprinkle baby powder on your skin. Apply the mixture against hair growth. Place a piece of cloth on it, rub it on and pull it off.
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Step 2. Use depilatory cream

Depilatory cream is a chemical product that can remove unwanted facial hair. The chemicals dissolve the hair so that it becomes a gel-like substance.

  • Apply the cream to your face. Let it act for the recommended time according to the instructions. If it has been on the skin long enough, you can wash it off with a clean washcloth.
  • After a few days, the hairs grow back. You can buy depilatory cream at the drugstore. One drawback is the strong, chemical smell.
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Step 3. Try bleaching

When you bleach your hair, you don't remove it. But they stand out less. The trick is to make sure the product matches your skin tone.

  • If you have a lot of hair growth, this is not a good solution for you. Bleaching can irritate the skin, so test it on a small area before doing everything.
  • If you are bleaching the hairs, stay out of the sun for an hour afterwards. Otherwise, your skin may react badly to it.

Method 3 of 4: Try Natural Remedies

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Step 1. Use a gelatin peel

You can make a gelatin mask to remove unwanted facial hair. You only need a tablespoon of gelatin, 2 to 3 tablespoons of milk, 3 or 4 drops of lemon juice, or 1 to 2 drops of lavender essential oil.

  • Mix all ingredients and put it in the microwave for 15 seconds. Put it on your face and leave it on for a few minutes. Then take it off.
  • Be careful not to apply the mixture to your eyebrows or eyes. When you pull the mask off, you notice that unwanted hairs (and blackheads) come along.
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Step 2. Make a lemon/orange or apricot/honey scrub

Fruit-based scrub can remove unwanted hair without the harmful side effects of chemical products.

  • For the lemon/orange scrub, mix 1 teaspoon dried orange and 1 teaspoon lemon zest, ground almonds and oats. Add 2 teaspoons of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of rose water. Mix this to get a paste. Apply the paste to your face for 5 to 8 minutes. Rub it into your skin in circular motions. Then rinse it off with water. You have to repeat this 2 to 3 times a week to see results.
  • For the apricot scrub, grind half a cup of apricot kernels in a blender until it becomes a powder. Add 1 teaspoon of honey. Put it on your face and leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes. Rub it into your skin in circular motions and rinse with lukewarm water. You should also use this 2 to 3 times a week to see results.
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Step 3. Make a paste of turmeric

Turmeric has long been used in India to improve the skin. You can make your own paste.

  • All you need is 1 to 2 teaspoons of turmeric, and some milk or water. Make a paste of it. Put it on your face and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Let it dry. Then wash it off with warm water.
  • This paste works especially well if you have fine hairs on your face. If the hair is thicker, you can add oatmeal to the paste.
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Step 4. Try a mask with egg

Another natural remedy for facial hair can be made with egg. You will need 1 egg white, 1 tablespoon sugar and 1/2 tablespoon cornmeal.

  • Beat it together until it forms a paste. Put the paste on your face and let it dry. It becomes a thin mask.
  • Pull the mask off quickly, then the hairs come with it.

Method 4 of 4: Reducing facial hair growth

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Step 1. Drink peppermint tea

Peppermint has an effect on the amount of male hormones in your body, so drinking enough of it will reduce facial hair.

  • Research has shown that women who drank peppermint tea had less testosterone (male hormones) in their blood. This will give you less hair in your face.
  • Drink 2 cups of peppermint tea a day, at least 5 days a week.
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Step 2. Use a hair growth inhibitor

See a dermatologist and ask if you can use hair growth inhibitors. These are plant-based products, which can change the structure of the hair follicles in such a way that the hairs become thinner and softer, and eventually stop growing back at all.

  • Apply the cream on your face where you don't want hairs. You leave the cream on your skin. Follow the instructions that come with it so you know how often to apply it.
  • Hair growth inhibitors can be combined with other methods, such as epilation and waxing.
  • It can take 4 to 6 months to see results.
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Step 3. While there isn't much evidence that it works in the long run, you can make a potion from black cohosh

This herb slows down facial hair growth. You can make tea from it, but it also comes in the form of capsules. If you are going to use a herbal remedy, it is always good to consult your doctor first.

  • To make tea, take 20 grams of dried black cohosh, 1 liter of water and a teaspoon of honey. Boil the water with the black cohosh and let it simmer for 30 minutes. Then pass it through a sieve.
  • Put the honey in the herbal tea. Drink this three times a day. You can keep it in the fridge. A higher dose of this tea can cause side effects, and you should not use it if you have liver disease or cancer, so check with your doctor before starting.
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Step 4. Tackle your hormones

Sometimes you get more hair growth due to a change in your hormone household, such as when you are in the menopause. You can have this determined by your doctor.

  • Sometimes the doctor prescribes the contraceptive pill to deal with problems with the menopause. There are also other conditions that cause facial hair growth, such as polycystic ovary syndrome.
  • Eat and drink products with phytoestrogen. If you eat and drink things that contain this, you can restore an imbalance of the estrogen level, although it is good to consult your doctor first. More estrogen means less facial hair. Licorice, alfalfa, fennel and flaxseed contain phytoestrogen.
  • Phytoestrogen imitates the role estrogen plays in the body.


  • Test depilatory cream on a small area of ​​your skin before applying it to larger areas to see if you can tolerate it. The creams often have a strong chemical smell; it can burn the skin and cause peeling, blisters or allergic reactions.
  • Waxing can be painful and cause irritation or bleeding. Follow the instructions for use that come with the set carefully.
  • Shaving can cause hairs to grow under the skin. You can also cut yourself. Use shaving cream or gel to reduce irritation.
  • Again: go to the doctor if you think your hormone balance is out of balance.

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