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Remove unwanted feminine facial hair. Seven top tips that really work.

Updated on June 21, 2015

Okay, maybe I just felt my facial hair was as bad as this!

Woman with a moustache.
Woman with a moustache.

Unwanted feminine facial hair is a common problem.

Like it or not, the vast majority of women will have to cope with the removal of unwanted facial hair at some time in their lives, it is just one of those things sent to try us. From the odd stay whisker to a pretty impressive moustache, it happens. Many things can be behind the appearance of facial hair in women, it can be simply hereditary. If your mother had facial hair, then I am sorry to say but, you will more than likely end up with it too.

There are certain medical conditions that can also lead to an increase in facial hair. Hightened levels of testosterone and an increase in adrenal hormones will result in excessive hair growth. If you suddenly notice a marked increase in the amount of hair you have growing on your face, and it doesn't seem to run in your family, then you really should make an appointment to see your doctor. It is betetr to be safe than sorry.

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I know the first time that I found an unwanted hair growing on my upper lip a few years ago I was horrified, I felt like a freak - which was pretty stupid I’ll be the first to admit. I couldn't wait to remove it. It sat there taunting me, I could feel it tickling my lip, I couldn't stop running my tongue over it.

I felt less femine, somehow. I tried to hide my face by putting my hand in front of it, which just drew attention to the hair. When I was taliking to people I imagined that they were looking at the hair, it really started to effect my social life. All that because of some tiny hair that in all likelihood only I could see. I was loath to pull it out at the time because I had always been told that for every one hair you remove two grow back in its place. Something I now know to be just an old wives tale.

I also felt old, which was also pretty darn stupid. I guess I had a picture in my head of my grandmother, a women who had a very strange assortment of stray hairs all over her face. Over the years my own little stray hair has acquired quite a few friends and I have acquired a bit of knowledge on dealing with them that I felt might be helpful to pass on.

Seven top ways to remove unwanted facial hair.

1.) Shaving.

This is a quick fix solution only. If you are ready to leave the house and notice the odd stray hair then by all means reach for the razor. Always remember to use a shaving cream or soap, never, ever dry shave. It really is worth taking that little bit of extra time, unless you want to go out with a case of razor burn. Razor burn is one of those things that you just can't believe how painful it is unless you have experienced it first hand, you might end up thinking that leaving the hair was a better option. Always use a fresh razor, don't be tempted to use the same one your partner used that morning, male facial hair is a lot coarser than female hair and males generally blunt the blade a lot quicker than we do. You will end up removing a layer of skin along with the hair.


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2.) Wax.

This is a more long term solution than shaving, if you are going to wax, then remember two things, it hurts and wax at least six hours before you are going to appear in public. Waxing can leave the skin reddened for quite some time. This effect can be reduced by holding a cold flannel against the skin for five minutes after waxing.

When I say it hurts, I am talking childbirth pain here not the odd little sting, then again, I am a well known baby when it comes to some types of pain so you’ll just have to try a small patch for yourself. Do not be tempted to spread hot wax over your entire upper lip and then rip off the strip in one pull, I think they heard my scream two streets away!

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3.) Tweezing.

This method is best if you only have the odd stray hair to deal with as repeated plucking can cause damage to the skin and the hair will only grow back darker and coarser. First use a warm face cloth and lay it over the area you want to tweeze for a few minutes. This opens up the hair follicle and makes it easier and less painful to yank out. When you have finished tweezing use the same cloth with cold water to close up the pores again and reduce any risk of reddening of the skin.

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4.) Electrolyse.

This is probably the best permanent solution to unwanted hair. It can be quite expensive but is worth it if you want to say bye bye to that moustache forever. Always use a registered technician, having an electrical charge run through a fine needle into your face isn’t something you want done by an amateur. You can even ask your doctor for a recommendation, if the facial hair is very bad, and you live in the UK, the treatment might be free.

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5.) Hair minimising creams.

There are some pretty good creams out there, always do a small test patch first as they can irritate the skin. They don’t remove the hairs but they do make them finer and far less noticeable. This is a long term process and it can take quite some time to notice a difference, but it is worth sticking with it as the results can be very good.

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6.) Laser hair removal.

Like electrolyse this is a permanent solution but it is very expensive, it should only ever be carried out by a fully qualified professional. Don't risk having it done in a hair salon, they might be well qualified but then again I have heard some real horror stories concerning lasers and untrained operators. Ask your doctor for a referral if at all possible.

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6.) Bleaching.

If the hairs are fine but dark then bleaching might be a good solution for you. Always buy facial bleach, if you are in any doubt ask your chemist or pharmacist for advice. Always do a skin patch test first, bleach doesn't agree with everyone, leave at least forty eight hours between the test and using the bleach on the delicate skin of your face.

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7.) A good alternative,

Homemade way to remove facial hair is to make a paste using equal amounts of turmeric and chickpea flour, both of which are readily available in most decent sized supermarkets, and a little water. Apply this paste to the hairy area, leave to dry and then gently rub off. This really does work quite well but it can leave the face a little red for a short while. If your skin does go red then try holding an ice cube wrapped in a soft cloth against the area for a short while. Never use ice directly on the skin, it can leave a freeze burn which will be far worse than a few stray hairs.

 

A word of warning about facial hairs that are based in moles, never attempt to do anything with them yourself. Take advice from your physician. Hairs in moles are very common but moles are not the type of thing you want to mess with, always, always speak to your doctor first before touching them.

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Take a moment to answer this poll. If your answer is number three please leave a comment below to let me know which method you use.

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Experiment with these seven top tips to find that one that works best for you and you will be free from unwanted feminine facial hair.

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    GALAXY 59 4 weeks ago from United Kingdom

    Thanks for the tip, Lisa Mary Sm. I'm not sure about the hurts a lot at first comment! I can stand anything but pain! Worth it in the long run though - I guess.

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    Lisa Mary Sm 4 weeks ago

    I use a very good facial epilator. It hurt a lot at first but you soon get used to it and it's worth it for having completely smooth skin again!

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    2ndgoround 2 years ago

    I am a widow living on limited means, the hair is so bad on my face and am at wits end on getting it under control, I have broken veins and other things am dealing with........what can I do to not look so freakish? I admit have been shaving it is a daily sometimes twice a day drudge.....HELP!!

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    Mary Clare 3 years ago

    Hairs suck and I waxed for years and the hair just got worse. They said pregnancy reduces the hair but it made it thicker.

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    GALAXY 59 4 years ago from United Kingdom

    Useful information, Manuel, thankyou. I guess if you do get wrinkles from too much sun, a large amount of facial hair could help to cover it up!

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    Manuel 4 years ago

    You don't need sunshine to dgamae your complexion. UV rays can penetrate clouds. Ever notice in winter sports all the skiers and snowboarders with red faces? It isn't necessarily the cold, but sunburn. Another zap to the skin is airborne contaminates like smog. It will clog pores. To avoid wrinkles and skin dgamae lots of sunscreen on sunny days, moisturizers and foundations with a bit of sunscreen, treating your skin as gently as possible when cleansing, etc.

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    idigwebsites 4 years ago from United States

    Though painful, I just tweeze the few hairs on my upper lip. Fortunately, they're not really looking obvious and I don't mind them that much until I notice that they're getting a bit longer. Thanks for sharing your other methods. :)

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    .. 4 years ago

    nice to know im not the only one. thank you

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    rani 4 years ago

    i will

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    GALAXY 59 4 years ago from United Kingdom

    Sanaya, why not try tip number seven above, it is gentle, cheap and really does work. Bear in mind that at 13 a lot of young girls grow a bit of facial hair, most grow out of it. Don't be tempted to start shaving at your age, it can damage the skin. Hope all works out well for you, let me know how you get on.

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    sanaya 4 years ago

    but i am 13 years old girl and i hate my lips becoz of hairs pls tell me some home made tips to remove them na pls pls i request u pls help me out

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    Happy:) 4 years ago

    I've had Used loads of hair removal methods: waxing, threading...

    I've had IPL on my underarms. I think if you are consistent with any method that touches the roots of the hair you're removing then it'll be gone quicker!

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    GALAXY 59 6 years ago from United Kingdom

    Thank you so much, 2005Fleet. Glad you could find me and take the time to comment.

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    2005Fleet 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Wow great hubs. I am glad to see you here. Can't wait to read more! Two thumbs up!

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    GALAXY 59 6 years ago from United Kingdom

    Hi Case1worker, I have heard of threading but haven't checked it out for myself yet. It looks and sounds painful and I am a wimp! Was it painful?

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    CASE1WORKER 6 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

    Have you looked at threading- i had it done a few weeks ago- not sure how it works cos i had my eyes shut really tight

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    GALAXY 59 6 years ago from United Kingdom

    It's a real pain isn't it, Fay Paxton.Thanks for commenting.

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    Fay Paxton 6 years ago

    Yes Galaxy. I have this one strand of hair that haunts my chin. I tweeze the little sucker and keep going.