Get rid of unwanted facial hair

It’s natural to have hair on your face, however an excess amount can cause embarrassment and might result in a loss of confidence. Different factors can cause facial hair to grow, ranging from genetics – for example, women with Mediterranean and Indian backgrounds may be more susceptible than Asian women – to hormonal imbalances or some medications.

Just as there are many different reasons for the growth of facial hair, there are also a myriad hair removal methods. We explore the pros and cons of each method and offer some recipes for natural hair removal with ingredients you will have in your pantry.


Pros: Easy to use and inexpensive. Can be done at a salon or at home. Long-lasting, as it removes the hair from the root.
Cons: Can cause skin allergies and infections of the hair follicles. Skin can become loose and saggy after repeated use.


Pros: Inexpensive and easy to use.
Cons: Can cause skin irritations and infections. Need to shave often to remain hair-free.


Pros: Inexpensive and easy to use. Minimal skin damage.
Cons: Removes only around 88 per cent of hair and does not remove small hairs. Faster regrowth.


Pros: Inexpensive.
Cons: Fast regrowth, needs to be performed every few days. Skin can remain red for quite some time.


Pros: Makes hair less visible.
Cons: Does not remove hair. The chemicals in the bleach can cause skin damage.

Hair removal creams

Pros: Easy to use and inexpensive. Able to use at home.
Cons: Needs frequent application, while prolonged use can cause skin irritation, darkening of the skin and allergies.

Laser hair removal

Pros: Permanent removal. Safe and effective.
Cons: Expensive. The procedure can be painful and is not effective for women with hormonal imbalances, or certain skin and hair colour.

Natural remedies

Pros: Safe and cost effective.
Cons: May take some time to show results.

    • Turmeric has antibacterial properties and prevents skin infections. Make a paste with one teaspoon of turmeric and one of water. Apply to the area of your face that has unwanted hair and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Once the mixture is dry, wipe off with a wet cloth.
    • Beat an egg white with one tablespoon of sugar and one tablespoon of cornflour to make a smooth paste. Apply to the area of the face that has unwanted hair, and once the mixture is dry, pull the mask off with the unwanted hair.
    • Mix one tablespoon of sugar, one teaspoon of honey and a few drops of lemon juice in a microwave-safe dish. Heat until hot, remove from the microwave and mix well to form a paste. Allow to cool, and when slightly warm, apply to the face and then, using a strip of cloth, press down on the area and pull cloth off in the opposite direction in which your hair is growing.

Do you have a preferred method of hair removal? Or a natural remedy you can share? Why not share your tips in the comments section below?

Written by Andrea