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How to Remove Facial Hair

5 Ways to Reduce the Appearance of Facial Hair

We're mammals, and by nature, that means we all have hair all over our bodies — even on our faces. It can range from soft, barely noticeable downy-textured hair, to thick and dark. Depending on factors like hormones, age, and heredity, facial hair can become more prominent, and while totally normal, there are times when it's just plain unwanted. For those moments when you feel like your facial hair needs a little more control, check out these tips for either making it less noticeable, or removing it altogether.

Downward strokes: One of the easiest ways to reduce the appearance of peach fuzz is to apply your makeup in downward strokes. This simple technique allows fine hair to smoothly rest against the skin.

"Shave" it: No, you don't have to bust out the man in your life's razor to get results. There are plenty of tiny trimmers created especially for use on the delicate face area that help to soften or remove hair, like the Panasonic Facial Hair Trimmer ($20).


Bleach it: Although this method will not actually remove hair, it will lessen the appearance of dark hair. Be sure to use a gentle formulation made specifically for your mug, like Sally Hansen Crème Hair Bleach For Face ($6).

Wax it: To temporarily remove hair, an ultragentle facial wax is the way to go. Try Parissa Tea Tree Soft Gel Kit ($13), which is formulated especially for treating peach fuzz.

Prevent it from growing: Or, to get to the root of it, try the No!No! ($270), which uses thermal technology to stop growth. You won't get completely hair-free results, but thankfully, unlike other hair removal devices, it doesn't cause pain and it's approved for use on the face. (Read the review here.)

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Advah Advah 7 years
I've threaded my own upper lip and in-between eyebrows area a couple of times, but now I have a feeling the hairs are actually growing back slightly thicker. :( Might try waxing, but I'm always scared of breaking the hairs and having them grow back darker.
slikkback slikkback 7 years
i get my whole face threaded because i love the baby smooth feeling of my face after =D
dianadilettante dianadilettante 7 years
Thanks everyone! But just for the record, does waxing hurt? I have extremely sensitive skin, and after I thread, I'd have red marks on my face for around 20-30mins, I was wondering how weird I'd look like if I went for waxing instead. :P
qtpie qtpie 7 years
i had a terrible reaction to wax on my face once. i had red swollen bumps everywhere. gross. will never use wax on my face again.
GummiBears GummiBears 7 years
I vote for threading also. My skin is super sensitive and frankly I am just leery of hot liquids on my face. I am prone to hyperpigmentation so threading is my only option.
dianadilettante dianadilettante 7 years
3 for threading, 1 for waxing. Let's hit the 5 mark, everyone! I've went for threading for my 'moustache' before and it actually lasted me quite long - it's back and it's black now though :(
franceslopez franceslopez 7 years
Definitely threading. My dermatologist says you should never wax any part of your face, so just to be safe, I'd stick with threading.
Vampyre Vampyre 7 years
I've had my entire face threaded before. I found it to be absolutely wonderful. Waxing just didn't get the tiny and very fine dark hairs at the very edge of my lip, but they manage to get them every time with threading.
dianadilettante dianadilettante 7 years
Ah, so one plus for waxing, and one plus for threading. I'll wait around for responses before I do anything, then! Thanks for the replies! Have a nice day! :)
zeze zeze 7 years
Threading is the best thing for the upper lip, waxing over time causes fine lines in the area while shaving can irritate the skin and some say the hairs get thicker, threading is perfect for the area though.
dianadilettante dianadilettante 7 years
I heard that you can thread just about every part of your body -- is it safe to thread the 'moustache' of your face then? Somebody help me! I find that threading is the fastest, longest lasting and cheapest method amongst all this. Apart from the downward stroke method which doesn't really work when you're fresh faced and going to school, right? :P
pharm_chick pharm_chick 7 years
i would never shave.. it would come back so dark!!! i bleach my face and thread my eyebrows and upper lip.
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