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How to Get Rid of Facial Hair?

Getting rid of the hair on the face is not a question for a person who wishes to look attractive. But the way of doing it matters. Some of them may be costly, others are too painful. So how to choose the best one for yourself if you have never tried any? What factors should you take into account when selecting the best fit for your skin? In our review of the 12 most popular ways to remove hair from the face, we answer these questions for you. 

At-Home IPL Hair Removal Devices

Cost: fair

Pain level: below average

Possibility to carry out at home: yes

One of the most beneficial ways of permanent hair removalis using IPL home devices. For instance, you can use SkinMyDreams home IPL device to remove the fuzz from your chin or upper lip forever within a few procedures. Its pros include the price, as in the long run you would spend more on salon treatment, ease of use, as it comes with thorough user guidelines that you can follow, and long life. SkinMyDreams IPL device can function for about 15 years without the need to change any parts of it. Also, you can use it not only for your facial hair removal but also for other parts of your body. 

Laser Hair Removal

Cost: high

Pain level: average

Possibility to carry out at home: no

It might seem that laser facial hair remover is something awful and scary, but it’s not. Although it may be not the best option to choose, we will take a closer look at it. 

Its advantages include a long-term effect, the ease of procedure as you don’t have to do anything yourself, and the absence of skin irritation. However, this method has some disadvantages too. First, you need to repeat the process several times to get the effect and you cannot miss the scheduled meetings arranged with your beauty specialist. If you do, you will have to start all over again. Second, you need to pay high prices for the procedure. To get the best out of laser face hair removal, one or two appointments will not be enough. As the cost of one session of fuzz removal on the face may cost up to $150, you will end up spending a fortune on your procedures. And finally, it's painful in a way. The principle of laser work lies in destroying fuzz follicles with light from inside. Consequently, you might not be ready to repeat it as much as needed. To avoid frustration, we advise you to think twice before removing your facial hair with a laser. 

Electrolysis  

Cost: high

Pain level: high

Possibility to carry out at home: no

This way of facial hair removal for women will bring better results to those who have thin and light hair but still wish to get rid of it forever. The principle of its work is similar to laser hair removal, with the only difference in hair being destroyed not with the light but heat. In this case, even a light fuzz stops growing because its follicles get damaged under the high temperatures. The advantage of this method is the long-term effect that you can achieve after a few sessions. The disadvatages include expensive costs, the risk of scars appearing if you have tender skin or even electrocution in case of careless use. Hence, you have to pay special attention to the place and person who will make the procedure. If you are not sure about the quality of this method, better search for another option. 

Tweezing 

Cost: low

Pain level: below average

Possibility to carry out at home: yes

This is one of the most popular ways to remove small hairs at the tiny facial areas like eyebrows, chin etc. The tweezers are safe to use and cheap, so you will not spend a fortune on this method of making your skin hairless. However, tweezing is not suitable for larger areas, as you will have to wait until it’s long enough to be removed with a tweezer and till you have enough time for this procedure. Consequently, we cannot claim that it is suitable for any kind of hair on the face. 

To apply your tweezer safer, don’t wash it with soap and water. Use only alcohol wipes or ethyl alcohol to clean it and let it dry before you store it in the protective bag. Also, don’t forget that you can apply it only if you have no irritation in the areas of skin you want to tweeze. The use of tweezers can cause even more discomfort if you have irritation. 

Waxing 

Cost: average

Pain level: high

Possibility to carry out at home: yes

Waxing is another widely used method that is applied in the soft state with the straps that you need to pull off to remove the hair. Despite its popularity, waxing is not suitable for everyone - let’s see why. 

The drawbacks of this method prevail over benefits. First, it is suitable for larger areas. If you have some stray hair anywhere on your face, waxing is not reasonable to apply. Second, the application depends on your skin type. If you’ve got a tender one, it’s better to abstain from even trying waxing. You can end up with much irritation and pain that will last for a few days after the use on your face. Finally, if you are new to waxing and your technique is not accurate yet, you may not remove the hair entirely, which will lead to inflammation and ingrown hair. Is it what you’re looking for when wishing to remove your hair forever? 

Sugaring  

Cost: average

Pain level: average

Possibility to carry out at home: yes

You may think that sugaring is similar to the previous method, but there are a few disparities that make them different. When you wax your hair, you should apply it in the same direction of your hair growth and remove it in the opposite one, while sugaring is done vice versa. It leads to slightly different results and lower pain level for sugaring. Also, the advantage of this method is that it suits tender skin well. 

Sugaring is a good way for those who are new to the process, as it is carried out in smaller areas of skin at a time, so you will not feel like it is too painful. The drawback of this method though is that it still can leave some ingrown hair. 

Shaving

Cost: low

Pain level: low

Possibility to carry out at home: yes

One of the cheapest methods of removing hair from the face is shaving. While men use it even daily, there are still a lot of women who are scared about shaving their faces. Although many razor manufacturers speak only about the advantages of this method, such as low price, reliability, and ease of use, we cannot claim that this method is suitable for everyone. First, it’s because you will need to change razors often. Second, shaving does not influence hair follicles in any way, so you will need to repeat the session often. In terms of removing hair forever, it’s better to use home IPL devices. Third, it is easy to cut yourself if you are in a hurry or not used to this method. Finally, ingrown hair will appear after shaving. As you can see, the drawbacks and benefits are equal in this case, so it is up to you to decide whether this method is worth your try. 

Threading

Cost: below average

Pain level: above average

Possibility to carry out at home: yes  

If you are interested in how to remove facial hair with a thread, you first need to roll it over the areas where you would like to get rid of your hair and pull it. Keep in mind that the thread should be pulled quickly and decisively to bring the necessary effect. 

As you might have guessed, threading is the best for small spots like brows or cheeks. The drawbacks include the toughness of technique and high level of pain during the procedure. Also, you have to search for a good specialist who will do that for you and tell you how to take care of your skin after the session. The advantages include the price and rare cases of ingrown hair after threading. 

Depilatory Creams

Cost: average

Pain level: low

Possibility to carry out at home: yes

Many people use depilatory creams to remove hair on their legs and arms, but hardly anyone applies them on faces. First, it’s because such creams contain a lot of aggressive components as ingredients. You never know how tender facial skin will react to it. Second, the chemical burn is possible, especially if you apply the cream in a wrong way or leave it on your skin for too long. Third, you might get skin irritation after the session. Even though depilatory creams are easy to use, we advise you to weigh their cons before you decide to use them. 

Epilation

Cost: high

Pain level: high

Possibility to carry out at home: yes

The first thing we need to mention about epilation is that it is painful. Second, it is better to use it for larger body areas than face, as this method is not very accurate. 

The principle of its work is somewhat similar to tweezing, yet with the only exception: a tweezer removes one or several hairs at a time, while an epilator can remove many of them simultaneously. Hence, it is more painful than using a tweezer, but the results it provides are usually satisfactory. Still, you have to remember that you can use an epilator on your chin and cheeks if you have thick hair there, but not on brows. 

Topical Prescriptions

Cost: high

Pain level: low

Possibility to carry out at home: yes

This method will suit those who do not want to experience any pain but still wish to get rid of facial hair and are ready to wait. If it sounds like you, you can talk to your dermatologist to select the best prescription according to your needs. Still, you have to know that topical prescriptions influence not only the follicles but also the speed of hair growth, so you will hardly remove it forever with this method. Also, once you stop applying your prescription, your hair will go back to growing the way it did before. 

Natural Remedies 

Cost: low

Pain level: average

Possibility to carry out at home: yes

If you ask your mother or grandmother how they removed the fuzz from their faces when they were young, they would probably tell you about numerous ways of doing it. Lemon with water and sugar, oatmeal and banana, the egg whites, honey with lemon... No, we’re not inviting you to cook the biscuit for your granny. All those tasty foods used to be reliable methods of how to get rid of facial hair. You can use them at your own risk with your facial skin allergies in mind, but if you want to know some opinion - it’s worth consulting your dermatologist before using any of them. 

The Bottom Line

Overall, there are many ways of making your face look hairless and nice. The only task is to choose among all methods the one that will be the most comfortable, cheap, and effective for you. To do that, conduct some thorough research on them: gather reviews of your family, friends, and over the web. Consult with your doctor and take into account the peculiarities of your skin and hormonal background. Compare the prices in your city. Keep in mind, even if occasional hair appeares on your face, it does not make you any worse than you are. 

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