8 Ways To Deal With Unwanted Facial Hair

Peach fuzz. Fuzzy wuzzy. Five o’clock shadow. Woman stache. Facial hair. Call it what you want, it is all the same thing. It’s also something that the majority of us girls have, although not everybody wants to admit it. Some of us have a light peach fuzz while others have more obvious facial hair. You know, the black, wiry stuff that you can feel on your chin and cheeks.

If you have some peach fuzz that’s bothering you, the good news is you have lots of different options. They all have their pros and cons, but they all give you the same result: a smooth, fuzz-free complexion.

Note that if you have facial hair and it isn’t bothering you, there isn’t anything wrong with you if you let it be. It is your prerogative what you want to do (or not do) with your fuzz. No one is trying to control you. It’s your body, so it is your choice. If you do want to try removing some facial hair, check out eight ways that you can get rid of it.


Bleaching minimizes the appearance of dark hair, but it doesn't get rid of the fuzz. If you've got a thick crop of hair on your face, bleaching may not be the best choice because it probably won't make things any less obvious. If you have dark skin, you could even make the hair stand out even more. FYI: Bleach can also irritate your face like it does your scalp. If you're considering it, go to a pro or make sure you do a patch test with your DIY kit.

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Laser Hair Removal

If you're looking for a permanent solution, laser hair removal is the way to go. Yes, the price of it can be eye-watering, but when you break it down over time, it can actually save you money in the long run compared to salon waxes or threading sessions. Note that it doesn't work for everyone. It works best on those with lighter skin and dark facial hair. Also, be aware that you will need multiple sessions before you're completely fuzz-free.

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Do you have a few whiskers that are bothering you? You can start out by plucking them. Yes, they will grow back, but it will take some time because you're pulling those suckers out by their roots with your tweezers. If your stray whiskers turn into a whisker patch, you'll probably want to switch to a different method to save time.

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Shaving is actually one option, however, it works best on peach fuzz.  Girl face shaving is something that has become trendy lately, but it's usually done with an open razor as opposed to the usual one you shave your legs with. If you have coarser, black hairs, it's not recommended that you shave your face because you'll be dealing with prickly stubble. It's usually for people who want to get rid of that faint fuzz all over their faces.

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You can get your facial hair waxed just like your legs. You can even do it yourself. However, note that it can be awkward given the weird positions you have to put your head in so you can see what you're waxing in the mirror. If you do go for waxing, note that it can also irritate your skin, especially in you're sensitive. You can end up with a lovely red face for a few hours or even days post-wax so plan your appointment accordingly.

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Depilatory Creams

Depilatory creams are bleach's close cousin except they actually remove the hair. You can pick up depilatory creams at any drugstore, but you need to make sure you're using them right. First, ensure that you get one that is formulated for you face. The usually have gentler formulas. Two, do a patch test. If you have a bad reaction, at least it will be on a small part of your skin instead of your entire face. Finally, follow the instructions. It sounds obvious, but it's key if you want the hair to come off without it messing with your complexion.

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If you normally get your brows threaded, you can have your technician do the rest of your face. Note that those threads can leave you with a red and inflamed complexion so don't book your appointment too close to any major events. Translation: Dates.

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Leave It Be

Do you have facial hair and you're not bothered by it? Then don't do anything with it. There is no rule out there that says that if you have facial hair, you have to remove it. You need to do what feels right for you and if that is nothing, good on you.

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What do you do about facial hair? Let us know in the comments!

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