12 Facial Hair Removal Methods for Smooth Skin


All women have facial hair, even super-cool celebs. Were hairy humans, and its nothing to be ashamed of—despite what those super-magnifying mirrors lead us to believe. Still, with that being said, if youre not a fan of peach fuzz, thats fine too. In fact, there are actually a myriad of ways to de-fuzz your face. Just keep in mind that if you have concerns about excessive facial hair, its best to seek medical advice in case it may be a sign of another underlying condition.

To learn all about the dos and donts of removing facial hair, we tapped experts Natalie Ismiel and Lisa Goodman, and they did not disappoint. Using their insider knowledge, they dished out DIY tips, all-natural techniques, and in-office options for the best short-term and long-term methods for removing facial hair.

Keep reading to find out 12 expert-approved ways to effectively remove facial hair and land smooth skin.


Tweezing is the easiest and cheapest method of removing facial hair. Its most commonly the go-to way to keep your eyebrows tamed. But it also can be used for those occasional chin hairs that pop up out of nowhere. Whatever it is that youre grooming, check out our picks for the best tweezers for all of your plucking needs.

Depilatory Hair Removal Creams

A depilatory is a strong alkaline product that breaks down hair so its easy to wipe off (just use a warm towel). The whole process takes anywhere from five to 10 minutes, depending on hair texture and the products formula.

While depilatories are fast and convenient, its important to be careful when choosing a product. Hair removal creams often contain harsh chemicals and can burn your skin, especially around the delicate area of the face. Try something like Nads Facial Hair Removal Cream ($7), which is formulated with extra-moisturizing properties. Also, keep in mind that results tend to last only a couple of days. For longer-lasting hair removal methods, read on.


Believe it or not, dermaplaning is actually a version of facial shaving that involves removing the top layer of skin (and the hair along with it) using a small exfoliating scalpel.1Results last for about two weeks, give or take, and although folklore will have you believe hair grows back thicker than before, it does not. Try using a hydrating serum post-shave for an extra dose of moisture thatll penetrate fresh, smooth skin.

Goodman recommends using the Dermaflash, which is inspired by dermaplaning. She says, "Its my go-to tool for smoothing the skin and creating a clear and luminous complexion. Afterward, I recommend applying a growth factor serum. My favorite is Neocutis Bio Serum Firm Rejuvenating Growth Factor and Peptide Treatment ($275) to calm skin and create lasting results."


Waxing is a long-favored hair removal method that rids the face and body of unwanted peach fuzz. Known to last a good four weeks, all it requires is some hot wax (or waxing strips) and grit. (Were kidding about the grit, though nobody ever said waxing was a soothing pastime.) You can go to a professional waxing salon or purchase an at-home kit for conveniences sake—its up to you.

However, waxing can be a harsh exfoliation process that comes with some side effects like residual redness, especially if youve got sensitive skin. Its best to lay off the salicylic acid, AHAs, and other powerful exfoliators beforehand. Since the skin on your face is more delicate than the rest of your body, Ismiel recommends only using facial wax strips or hair removal creams for this area, as it can become more irritated. She also cautions against using skincare products or makeup that can lead to further irritation. "Directly after waxing, its important to moisturize skin with a light, calming oil. This will help if your skin feels irritated or a little raw," she adds.


If youre looking for a technique that is less painful and gentler on the skin than waxing, you might want to consider sugaring. There are two types of sugaring: paste and gel. Both consist of natural ingredients like lemon juice, sugar, and water, and both leave you hair-free for up to six weeks. Traditional sugaring methods use paste and can remove hair as short as 1/16 of an inch. When compared to the 1/4-inch minimum hair length needed for waxing, sugaring stands out as a cleaner and longer-lasting option.

Sugar Waxing

Sugar waxing works by grabbing hair from the root, rather than the skins surface, and results last about three weeks (depending on individual hair growth), explains Ismiel. "Sugar waxing is often confused with body sugaring, but there are a few differences. While body sugaring has gained popularity in salons, it is not as great for DIY waxing because its harder and messier to apply," she says. And compared to using wax strips, "sugar waxing allows you to get larger area coverage and target areas more specifically."

To prevent any bruising when sugar waxing, Ismiel suggests applying a thin layer of gel and holding the skin taut when removing the strip.

"One of the scary things about waxing at home is the thought of removing too much hair, especially for shaping eyebrows. Sugar wax is a lifesaver for home waxing, as the formula (homemade or not) can be easily removed with water when you think youve accidentally applied too much. This is not the case when using other hair removal products like tweezing and hair removal creams," says Ismiel.


Threading is an ancient hair removal method that uses a string for precise eyebrow shaping and hair removal. Its quick, doesnt use any chemicals, and is generally inexpensive. Plus, results can last up to six weeks. With threading, the rule of thumb is this: If you can feel the hair, it can be removed.

Hair Removal Gadgets

Perhaps youve heard of these little gadgets: They look like tiny Slinkies and work by grabbing hair straight from the root. Think tweezing, but so much faster because you dont have to grab each hair individually. This option from Lindo should get the job done with ease.

Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal uses pulsed light to disable the hair follicle, which honestly sounds daunting, but it really isnt. Lasering is an FDA-approved method of permanent hair reduction that is safe to use on the face, as well as the body.2With laser hair removal, hair that returns over time will be thinner and lighter than before and eventually might not return at all.

While those with dark hair and light skin tend to see the most success after laser hair removal, due to the treatment targeting pigment in the hair, dont worry—if you have blond or light hair, Mē Sleeks at-home Hair Reduction Device ($224) is made to treat all variations of facial hair color. At-home devices like Trias Laser 4X and the Flash&Go Express Hair Removal Device by Silkn ($299) can be used on the face from the cheek line down for clean, convenient hair removal. And if you go the professional route, JoElle Lee, a celebrity esthetician with over 20 years of experience says YAG is the most effective laser for anyone with darker skin tones.

Electrolysis Session

This method has the best track record, ​as its the only one approved by the FDA for permanent hair removal. (Laser treatments are FDA-approved for permanent hair reduction.) Using an electric current, electrolysis is done with a very fine needle-shaped electrode or metal probe, which zaps individual hairs.

If electric zaps dont put you off, the upside is that, unlike laser hair removal, you dont need a certain hair or skin color to attain the best results with electrolysis. Do note that youll need to book several treatments to achieve a permanently hairless result.

Prescription Creams

We turn to prescription creams for so many skin woes, so why should hair removal be any different? Enter Vaniqa, an FDA-approved prescription cream that reduces facial hair in women. Allergan, the pharmaceutical company that makes this cream, says you should see improvements between four and eight weeks after the start of treatment. While its not a permanent removal method, the cream is said to help hair grow back more slowly and in finer, softer textures.


While dermaplaning relies on a smaller blade, shaving utilizes a classic razor—but there are a lot of modern options meant specifically for the unique crevices of the face. For instance, an eyebrow razor can work wonders. If you are going to go this route, though, try to use a razor that is solely meant for your face, to ensure bacteria from other parts of your body doesnt spread.


How long should your hair be before trying hair removal?

How long your hair should be depends on the area and method of removal. With wax, your hair should be around 1/4 of an inch. With sugaring, your hair can be as short as 1/16 of an inch.

How often should you remove hair?

If you want a smooth feel, you can shave every two to three days, while its recommended to wax or laser every four to six weeks.

Can I use laser hair removal if I have dark skin?

Yes. For best results, its recommended to seek out a professional with plenty of experience treating darker skin tones.

Can female facial hair be removed permanently?

While permanent hair removal isnt entirely possible, permanent hair reduction is. The gold standard for reducing hair is laser hair removal, which can be used on the face.

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Johns Hopkins Medicine. Dermabrasion and dermaplaning.

American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. Laser/light therapy for unwanted hair.

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