Natural Ways to Remove Hair for Mens
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According to research from Bristol-Myers, about 20 million American women remove facial hair at least once a week. Hormonal changes are responsible for common increases after the age of 40, but it’s hereditary too—if your mom or dad had a lot of facial hair, you may as well.
In some cases, conditions like polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), adrenal gland tumors, or even medications can also lead to facial hair growth.
Whatever the cause, facial hair is annoying. And removal techniques like shaving, plucking, bleaching, and waxing can all cause skin irritation, rashes, and bumps. Often our removal techniques make the area more visible than it was to begin with!
What to do?
Turns out there are several natural ways to reduce facial hair. They won’t give you the immediate results that conventional methods do—some of them require several applications before you start seeing results—so you may need to continue with your other methods as needed, or alternate them with these methods until you find the process that works best for you.
Let us know your results—we’d love to hear!
7 Natural Ways to Remove Facial Hair
- Sugar and yogurt scrub: Mix a teaspoon of raw honey in with a tablespoon of full-fat Greek yogurt. Apply to clean skin and leave on for at least 15 minutes. Scoop some regular sugar into your fingers and use to scrub off the mask (and the hair). Scrub gently to avoid irritating the skin. Rinse with warm water and immediately apply a calming toner and moisturizer.
- Chickpea flour (besan) and turmeric: This is a traditional Indian method used to remove hair from the face. Mix equal amounts besan (chickpea flour) and turmeric and add water to make a paste. Apply to areas where the hair grows and leave on until it dries. Rinse off with warm water.
- Egg mask: This is probably the most effective one on this list, once you get the hang of it. Mix one egg white, one tablespoon sugar, and half tablespoon of corn flour and beat to make a paste. Apply where the hair grows, as thick as possible. Leave on until it dries. It should form a mask-like covering. When you pull it off, some hair should come with it—similar to waxing. Apply a calming moisturizer immediately afterward.
- Oatmeal scrub: Oatmeal is a gentle exfoliating agent, and can help you scrub away the fine hair that grows on your face. Mix ½ a teaspoon of coarsely ground oatmeal with one tablespoon of honey and 6-8 drops of lemon juice until the ingredients form a paste. Apply on the areas where hair grows and leave on for 15-20 minutes. When you go to remove it, scrub for a few minutes first, rubbing your fingers over the area in a circular motion. Finally, rinse off and apply your moisturizer.
- Lavender and tea tree oil: An interesting 2013 study found that lavender and tea tree oils could potentially be effective in reducing mild cases of “hirsutism, ” which is a condition of unwanted male-pattern hair growth in women. For the study, researchers sprayed the oils on the affected areas two times a day for 3 months in one group of women—the other received a placebo. Results showed a significant decrease in hair in the oil group. Try mixing about 1 teaspoon of lavender with 4-6 drops of tea tree oil and apply to the affected areas 2-3 times a day. Be patient—it may take a couple months to start seeing results.
- Wheat and barley scrubs: If you have stubborn facial hair and your skin isn’t too sensitive, you can try these two ingredients to see if you get better results. Mix 1-2 tablespoons of wheat bran with a tablespoon of milk and a teaspoon of rosewater to make a paste. Apply, and then start scrubbing right away and keep scrubbing until the paste dries up. Rinse and repeat about 2-3 times a week. (Always follow with moisturizer.) Or, try one tablespoon of barley powder mixed with a tablespoon of lime juice and a tablespoon of milk. Add the paste to your face and leave it for about 30 minutes. Rinse off.
- Fenugreek scrub: Grind up your fenugreek seeds to make a powder, or use pre-made fenugreek powder. Mix it with water to create a paste, apply to hair areas, and allow it to dry. Gently rub off and the hair should come with it.