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The most effective method for facial hair removal

Helping you keep that facial fuzz in check

By ELLE team  October 13th, 2017

First things first: facial hair is normal and every woman from the supermodel to the secretary has to deal with it. Some cases might be more prominent than others. Maybe your upper lip is under control but you get some major sideburn action. If you’ve just been keeping it natural and that works for you, then more power to you.

If you’ve tried waxing, threading and everything in between, you may want to reconsider some of your options. Because while you were hoping for smooth, hair-free skin, you could end up with acne or worse, an allergy. We get skin expert Dr. Jayshree Sharad to weigh in on the pros and cons of the various hair removal techniques you could use on your face. 

Best methods for facial hair removal 

Avoid waxing

“If you have a tendency to break out or are prone to acne, then waxing is very bad (for your skin),” Dr. Jayshree informs us. Waxing pulls the hair out from the follicle. Every hair follicle is attached to a sebaceous gland, which gets triggered when pulled. Sebaceous glands secrete an oily matter called sebum, which could cause breakouts on your skin. 


Aside from the obvious pain associated with threading, it poses a threat to your clear skin. Like waxing, threading deals with pulling the hair strand out from its follicle, irritating your skin and causing breakouts. Dr. Jayshree suggests shaving instead.


"Shaving is absolutely okay, the hair does not grow back thicker, that is a big myth," insists Sharad. With shaving, you remove the hair mid-way and not from the roots, therefore you feel that the hair is coarser when it grows. Be careful of using an unsterilised razor as it can cause allergies and infections. She advises changing the razor each time and dipping it in hot water to clean it before use.


Image credits: Karolina Miseviciute 


Facial epillators

The main concern here is hygiene. Sharad says that shaving is a better alternative to an epilator. 

Hair removal creams

While hair removal creams might be doing the trick on the rest of your body, they could cause irritation or be harsh on your facial skin. "They can sometimes cause allergies and even pigmentations and burns," Sharad warns.


“Laser is the best solution, provided you don’t have a hormonal imbalance.” Facial hair is hormonal in nature and those who have polycystic ovary syndrome or a raised level of prolactin are unlikely to see it be as effective as it should. Treat your hormonal problems before considering laser on the face.