How to Resolve Shaved Facial Hair in Women

Updated April 17, 2017

Products ranging from pore minimisers to anti-wrinkle creams are marketed to women to assist with the beautification process. Yet, some women are plagued with an issue of another sort that a simple product application cannot easily solve ---excessive facial hair. Shaving is the obvious choice, but many women shy away from it because they believe the hair will grow back thicker or faster, which simply is not true. There are several options available to use in conjunction with or instead of shaving to reduce stubble.

Moisten a washcloth with lukewarm water and apply it to the area on your face that you want to tweeze.

Pull the skin where the hair is located with one hand until it is taut.

Pick up the tweezers with your free hand and locate the individual hair you wish to remove.

Grab the hair with the tweezers and pull toward the direction that the hair is growing.

Cleanse and dry your face, especially the area where you will apply the depilatory product.

Apply the cream to the target area, but do not rub it into the skin.

Wait for the recommended amount of time that is on the depilatory cream's package.

Scrape the cream from your face in a downward motion using the tool that was provided in the package.

Rinse the area with warm water to ensure that you have removed any cream residue.

Pat dry the area with a towel.


Many hair removal methods are painful. If you have fair skin but dark facial hair, consider bleaching it with a cream bleacher as an alternative. It is easier to tweeze hair after taking a hot bath or shower; when tweezing, pull out only one hair at a time. Companies such as Nad's and Sally Hansen provide other hair removal products including waxes and gels. Laser hair removal is another option but requires several treatments and can be costly; electrolysis is the only hair removal method that is permanent. New prescription creams can deter hair growth between shaving; ask your dermatologist for advice.


Chemical products may cause allergic reactions, so test them on other areas of your body before applying them to your face. Applying bleaching products near the eye area may cause severe eye irritation. Avoid applying depilatory creams to skin that is broken or displays signs of a rash.

Things You'll Need

  • Washcloth
  • Tweezers
  • 1 package of depilatory cream
  • Towel
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Ashley Brown began writing in 2005 for “The Albrightian,” the student newspaper of Albright College. The same year, she began working as a writing tutor and editor for the school's writing center. Brown holds a Master of Arts in English from the University of Delaware.