Unwanted facial hair growth is majorly a concern for women. Men also look out nowadays for a solution to have a clean shaven face or a well-shaped beard. Apart from personal aesthetic reasons, several factors can be associated with excessive hair growth such as hormonal imbalances, metabolic changes, or as a side effect to medication (1). Due to advancements in the field of dermatology, getting rid of facial hair is easier due to many effective solutions being easily accessible.
How Can I Remove Hair From My Face?
Listed below are the nine best methods to reduce your facial hair growth which provide both short and long-term results. The most effective results are visible when you use these methods along with suitable medical treatment (medication or otherwise) for addressing the cause behind excessive facial hair.
- Laser Treatment
- IPL Products
- Facial Hair Removal Cream
- Face Hair Removal Wax
- Epilating Facial Hair
- Tweezers for Facial Hair
- Threading Facial Hair
Laser Treatment For Facial Hair
- Method – This is a clinical treatment which is virtually painless. In this procedure, the dermatologist will focus a beam of intense light on the hair follicles in the target area. The process heats the melanin pigment thereby destroying the stem cells present in the hair follicles and inhibiting the hair growth.
- Pros – Painless, long-term solution, a relatively short procedure, no ingrown hair issues, cost-effective in the long run
- Cons – Expensive per-session cost, requires multiple sessions, more effective on lighter skin with darker hair.
- Cost – The average price for each session is Rs. 1,600. This will differ based on the area of the face requiring treatment, the technology used, the expertise of the clinic.
Electrolysis For Facial Hair Method –
- Method – This treatment is performed in a clinic by expert dermatologists. It is a slightly outdated technique where a device conducts an electric current through an individual’s hair follicle to destroy it.
- Pros – Can be used on all types of skin and hair, no risk of ingrown hair, ideal for removing existing ingrown hair, permanent solution.
- Cons – Is a slightly painful, expensive and time-consuming procedure, which is not suitable for sensitive skin as it may increase the risk of infections and scarring.
- Cost – The average price per session is Rs. 2,500.
IPL For Facial Hair
- Method – The Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment can be performed at a clinic as well as at home. It is a form of light therapy which destroys the hair follicles, stopping unwanted facial hair growth.
- Pros – Quick procedure, low downtime, no damage to surface skin layers, less painful compared to other methods.
- Cons – Low precision, requires multiple sessions, not suitable for dark skin and light hair, results take time to show. The procedure may increase the risk of side effects such as swelling and redness of the skin as all IPL devices are not US-FDA approved.
- Cost – The average price for each session is Rs. 1,600.
Facial Hair Removal Creams
- Method – Facial hair removal creams are ideal for people who want to opt for a pain-free hair removal method. However, this is just a temporary solution, with results lasting for only 2-3 weeks.
- Pros – Painless, can be done at home, no professional skills/help required, lower chances of ingrown hair.
- Cons – Contains harsh chemicals, offers temporary results, increases risk of allergic reactions as it has a strong odour. It is expensive in the long run. Not feasible to use it for larger areas of the body and sensitive parts.
- Cost – The average price of a facial hair removal cream is Rs. 100.
- Expert’s Advice – Ideally, you should always do a patch test to see if the facial hair removal cream is suitable for your skin type.
Waxing For Facial Hair Removal
- Method – Waxing is one of the most popular facial hair removal methods. It can be used to remove hair from your chin, upper lip, cheeks, and brows. You can apply either a soft wax, which you can remove using cloth strips; or a hard wax, which can be pulled off on its own once it hardens.
- Pros – Results last for a longer time when compared to hair removal creams and shaving, can be done at home.
- Cons – It is a painful procedure that is expensive in the long run. It involves a high risk of ingrown hair. It is a highly inconvenient procedure as hair should be at least a ¼” in length for waxing. It increases the risk of suffering from hair follicle infections and consequent pigmentation.
- Cost – The average price for a full face wax service is Rs. 200.
Epilating Facial Hair
- Method – An epilator contains a large number of tweezers together which help in removing unwanted facial hair. It is an effective method which helps in removing hair from its root.
- Pros – Does not damage the skin, no risk of cuts, nicks, or razor burns, can be used on hair which is even 0.02mm in length.
- Cons – Can be painful, increased risk of ingrown hair, skin irritation, red bumps.
- Cost – The average price of a good facial epilator is Rs. 1,500.
- Expert’s Advice – While using the epilator, ensure that you stretch your skin taut.
Tweezing Facial Hair
- Method – A tweezer is a small instrument which is used to pluck unwanted facial hair. Remember that while tweezing your hair, you need to maintain a steady hand. In this method, the unwanted hair is plucked out one at a time.
- Pros – Cheaper, effective at shaping eyebrows, ideal for removing hard-to-reach hairs, can be done at home.
- Cons – Slightly painful, a slow and tiring process, increased chances of ingrown hair.
- Cost – The average price of a tweezer is Rs. 100.
- Expert’s Advice – One should avoid over-tweezing eyebrow hairs, as they take a long time to regrow. Also, tweezing is not a feasible option of hair removal for larger areas.
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Threading Facial Hair
- Method – This is one of the most common facial hair removal methods, and is apt for removing unwanted hair from the brows and upper lip. The unwanted hair is removed by twisting and rolling a cotton thread over the hair strand.
- Pros – Popular method, sanitary, a quick procedure.
- Cons – A slightly painful procedure that turns out to be expensive in the long run as it requires professional help and delivers results that are not long-lasting when compared to waxing. Red bumps may occur which may end up causing pigmentation/spots.
- Cost – The average price for a full face threading session is Rs. 100.
- Expert’s Advice – Avoid applying any cream or cosmetic products for at least two hours after the threading to prevent bacterial contamination.
Shaving Facial Hair
- Method – Shaving is another popular facial hair removal method. Apply shaving cream and use a razor to remove the unwanted facial hair.
- Pros – Suits all skin and hair types, a quick procedure, can be done at home, cheaper when compared to laser hair removal and epilators, painless.
- Cons – A high risk of cuts and nicks, razor burns, skin redness, irritation and pigmentation.
- Cost – The average price of a shaving kit is Rs. 500.
- Expert’s Advice – To avoid skin irritation, try to shave in the direction of the hair’s growth.
All these facial hair removal methods are useful and can give you the desired results. Make sure you weigh all the pros and cons before choosing the most suitable method for you.