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Facial Hair Removal Options

Updated on October 16, 2010

Safely removing hair from your face is fraught with difficulties. The skin on your face is particularly sensitive and must be treated with great care. This article will examine the choices that are available and help you find which option is going to be better for you.  

Unwanted Facial Hair

Facial hair removal for women and men most commonly involves hair on the upper lip, sides of your face and the chin. The hair growth on your face may be due to changes in your hormonal levels and may cause the hair to grow unusually thick if this is the case then its best to consult your doctor for more specific advice. Below are the treatment options that are most commonly used for facial hair, in addition there are a number of other general hair removal products that are suitable for your face.
There are a number of options available if you are looking to remove any unwanted facial hair, each comes with its own advantages and disadvantages. 


This is far and away the cheapest option for hair removal. Shaving is also fast and done in the comfort of your own home. As a long term solution however shaving is rather ineffective as the hair is only removed to the level of your skin and does not affect the hair where it grows. Shaving will only leave your skin smooth for about a day and will actually encourage the hair to grow back thicker and faster.


This is a facial hair removal option that works relatively well on parts of the face like the upper lip although is less so for areas where the hair tends to be rougher like the chin. Waxing is not without its issues and should not be attempted at home as the skin on your face is more prone to irritation and even discoloration for some skin types. The results can last for weeks and is relatively inexpensive.

Hair Removal Creams

Hair removal or depilatory creams work by dissolving the hair from the point where it grows. These creams are generally not recommended for your face as they can irritate the skin and may not remove all the hair evenly. The use of such creams is generally better served for larger areas like your arms and legs and they are effective for several weeks.

Hair Removal By Electrolysis

Electrolysis uses small amounts of electricity to kill the hair follicles. This is one of the more expensive treatment options available thought the results are generally last longer. Because electricity is being used on your face it is important not to disregard the importance of finding an appropriately qualified practitioner. Performed correctly the treatment is very effective on people with fairer hair. If done incorrectly can lead to scarring.

Facial Hair Removal
Facial Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal tends to be more suitable for people with darker hair, depending of course on the type and amount that you choose to remove. Again the key here is finding someone with the appropriate experience. Though laser treatments are often marketed as permanent solutions the reality is that after several treatments your hair growth will be reduced by at least half. This not only makes the new growth more manageable but also progressively easier to remove. Laser hair removal cost will depend on the number of treatments that you need so do take into account the ongoing cost of the treatment.

Consider The Following Before You Have Your Treatment.

The skin on your face is extremely sensitive and particularly the area around your eyes. Your hair removal may also involve the risk of damage to your skin so you need to be absolutely sure that the method that you undertake will minimize the risk of damage. In the case of the more expensive treatments like Laser hair removal and Electrolysis you should talk to your doctor to make sure that these would actually be suitable for you. Keep in mind that facial hair removal for women and facial hair removal for men are different as there are significant differences in the types of hair and how it grows.

Facial Hair Removal
Facial Hair Removal

Don’t be shy about asking questions during your consultation and you should have a realistic idea about what type of results each hair removal method will yield. Referrals will also be a good source of information and your practitioner shouldn’t be shy about recommending some names of former patients. With the number of people going overseas in search of cheaper treatments these are key points that you should bring up in your initial visit.

Facial hair removal needs to be done with caution and a realistic expectation of results. A visit to your local doctor in addition to your own research will serve you well and ensure that the only thing that comes off your face is the hair. So take the time to thoroughly look into your options.


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