20 Useful Home Remedies for Unwanted Facial Hair (Hirsutism)

While facial hair is a natural and common phenomenon, some women might be suffering from hirsutism, a condition where there is excessive hair growth on the parts of the body which normally have minimal to no hair. But worry not, for we have for you a list of home remedies which can help you in controlling your facial hair in a natural and effective way. So say bye to razors and bleaches, and welcome to the natural ways of being awesome!

Home Remedies

1. Sugaring

Sugaring

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 2 cups of regular sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of lemon juice

Procedure

Heat the water on the stove. After it becomes hot, pour in the lemon juice and the sugar. Keep stirring and heating the mixture till it starts boiling, then lower the heat and let it simmer till it becomes amber in colour. Now, let the mixture cool for a while. During this time, apply a little talcum powder or cornstarch on the areas of the face which require hair removal. While it is still hot enough but comfortably bearable, apply the paste on the hairy areas of the face (and the body too if you wish) in the direction of the hair growth. Paste a cotton cloth or strip over it and let it dry, then pull in the opposite direction. Repeat as per requirement. This is the same as waxing, in fact, you could use it as your normal body wax.

Frequency

Once a month should be okay to control the hair growth.

Why this Remedy Works

This home-made wax sticks to the skin, and as it begins to dry one can pull out the body hair by force. Also, lemon juice is a bleaching agent and can bleach the leftover hair to blend in with the skin.

Suitable for

All skin types. People with sensitive skin should try a patch test before full application.

Precautions to Take

Make sure the wax is hot enough to affect but very hot as it can hurt your skin. You could do a patch test to make sure it doesn’t cause your skin any harm. Red spots and rashes are common, but you should only start worrying about them if they don’t disappear within an hour or two.

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2. Basil and Onion

Basil and onion

Ingredients

  • 2 onions
  • Basil leaves

Procedure

Cut the onions in half and remove the thin membranes between the layers of the onion. Take about 10-12 fresh basil leaves and grind these together into a paste. Apply the paste on the affected areas of the face and let it sit for about 20 minutes and wash your face with warm water.With the regular usage you can see the results as basil soothes your skin on the face.

Frequency

Twice or thrice a week.

Why this Remedy Works

Basil and onion help remove hair.

Suitable for

All skin types

Precautions to Take

A patch test is recommended.

3. Lentil and Potato

Lentil and potato

Ingredients

  • Yellow lentil (soaked overnight)
  • A potato
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of lime juice

Procedure

Mash the potato and extract its water. Drain out the water and grind the lentils until you get a smooth paste. Mix in this paste the water from the potato, honey and lime juice. Apply the paste on the affected areas of the face and let it sit for about 20 minutes (till it dries). After it dries, rub off the dried paste, and wash your face with cold water.

Frequency

Twice a week.

Why this Remedy Works

Potatoes are very beneficial to the skin. They’re also bleaching agents, so whatever hair is not removed will be bleached. Lentil helps trap the hair, and when it dries, it can be rubbed off taking the hair with it.

Suitable for

All skin types; although a patch test is recommended.

Precautions to Take

Do not try this if you’re allergic to raw potatoes.

4. Lemon and Honey

Lemon and honey

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice

Procedure

Mix the honey and lemon juice. Apply the paste on the affected areas of the face and let it sit for about 20 minutes. Wipe it off with a wet cloth.

Frequency

Twice a week for a few months.

Why this Remedy Works

Honey helps soften the hair, and its anti-inflammatory properties help soothe the skin. Lemon helps remove fine hair.

Suitable for

All skin types, and is especially helpful for dry skin.

Precautions to Take

A patch test is recommended.

5. Alum and Rosewater

Alum and rosewater

Ingredients

  • 2-3 tablespoons of rosewater
  • 1/2 teaspoon of alum powder
  • Few drops of olive or sesame oil

Procedure

Mix the ingredients. Apply the paste on the affected areas of the face using a cotton ball and let it dry. Put on another layer on top of the dried one, and keep repeating this 5-6 times. Wash off and moisturize the area using olive or sesame oil.

Frequency

Thrice a week ideally, but at least once is a must.

Why this Remedy Works

Alum is a traditional hair growth inhibitor. Rosewater helps soothe the skin.

Suitable for

All skin types.

Precautions to Take

A patch test is recommended. Alum can cause a tingling sensation on the skin, which in itself is nothing to worry about.

6. Oatmeal, Honey and Lemon Juice

Oatmeal and banana

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of coarsely ground oatmeal

Procedure

Blend the ingredients into a paste. Apply the paste on the face and let it dry for 20 minutes. Gently massage on your face in the direction opposite to the direction of hair growth. Wash off.

Frequency

Twice a week ideally, with at least 2 days between applications.

Why this Remedy Works

Honey helps soften the hair, and its anti-inflammatory properties help soothe the skin. Lemon helps remove fine hair. Oatmeal gently removes the hair without irritating.

Suitable for

All skin types.

Precautions to Take

A patch test is recommended. Don’t use this in excess, as lemon can render your skin dry.

7. Papaya and Turmeric

papaya face mask

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of raw papaya paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder

Procedure

Blend the ingredients into a paste. Apply the paste on the face and massage for 20 minutes. Wash off.

Frequency

Twice or thrice a week.

Why this Remedy Works

Raw papaya contains an enzyme called papain helps soften the hair follicles (causing them to fall out), and its anti-inflammatory properties help soothe the skin.

Suitable for

All skin types.

Precautions to Take

A patch test is recommended.

8. Apricot and Honey

Apricot and honey

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of powdered apricot
  • 1 teaspoon of honey

Procedure

Blend the ingredients into a paste. Apply the paste on the face and let it dry for 15 minutes. Gently massage on your face in circular strokes for about 10 minutes. Wash off.

Frequency

Thrice a week.

Why this Remedy Works

When hair gets stuck to dried paste, it is easy to remove as the honey has already softened the roots.

Suitable for

All skin types.

Precautions to Take

A patch test is recommended. People with oily skin may experience acne and breakouts.

9. Orange and Lemon Peel with Oatmeal

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of orange peel powder
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon peel powder
  • 1 teaspoon of coarsely ground oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon of powdered almond
  • 1 teaspoon of rosewater
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil

Procedure

Blend the ingredients into a paste. Apply the paste on the face and let it dry for 5 minutes. Gently massage on your face in the direction opposite to the direction of hair growth for about 10 minutes. Wash off with cold water.

Frequency

Thrice a week ideally.

Why this Remedy Works

Lemon helps remove fine hair and even bleach facial hair. When dried up, the paste can pull off the hair with it when rubbed off.

Suitable for

People with sensitive skin should try other methods. Other skin types can use this.

Precautions to Take

A patch test is recommended. Keep away from eyebrows.

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10. Barley and Milk

Barley and Milk

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of barley powder
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of milk

Procedure

Blend the ingredients into a paste. Apply the paste on the face and let it dry for 30 minutes. Rub it off when dried.

Frequency

Thrice a week ideally.

Why this Remedy Works

When dried up, the paste can pull off the hair with it when rubbed off.

Suitable for

People with sensitive skin shouldn’t rub too harshly.

Precautions to Take

A patch test is recommended. Barley powder can trigger an asthmatic reaction if inhaled.

11. Spearmint Tea

Ingredients

  • A handful of spearmint tea leaves
  • 4.5 cups of water
  • Milk/honey/sweet cream

Procedure

Heat the water and add the leaves to it. Bring to a low boil. Strain the leaves and add milk/honey/sweet cream to your liking and drink.

Frequency

1 cup twice daily.

Why this Remedy Works

it is a trusted remedy against hirsutism.

Suitable for

People with sensitive skin shouldn’t rub too harshly.

Precautions to Take

No side effects, but if you are suffering from hirsutism, you should consult a medical specialist regarding what you can consume to treat it. Pregnant women, women planning for pregnancy, suffering from hormonal changes or who have a history of cancer should never consume anything without consulting a doctor.

12. Lavender and Tea Tree Oil

Lavender and tea tree oil

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon of lavender oil
  • 4-5 drops of tea tree oil

Procedure

Mix the oils and apply on the areas of the face with unwanted hair.

Frequency

Thrice every day for a couple of months to see results.

Why this Remedy Works

These oils have anti-androgenic properties, helping reducing hair growth in affected areas. It is especially useful if you’re suffering from hirsutism.

Suitable for

People with oily and acne-prone skin shouldn’t use this.

Precautions to Take

A patch test is recommended. If tea tree oil irritates any kind, abort usage.

13. Oatmeal and Banana

Oatmeal and banana

Ingredients

  • 1 mashed banana
  • 2 tablespoons of coarsely ground oatmeal

Procedure

Blend the ingredients into a paste. Apply the paste on the affected areas of the face. Gently massage on your face in the direction opposite to the direction of hair growth for about 15 minutes. Wash off with cold water.

Frequency

Once a week.

Why this Remedy Works

Oatmeal is rich in antioxidants and is beneficial for the skin. Its humectant properties will keep your skin moisturised along with hair removal.

Suitable for

All skin types.

Precautions to Take

A patch test is recommended. No other side effects can occur.

14. Safflower (Kusuma) oil and Thanaka powder

Safflower (Kusuma) oil and thanaka powder

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tablespoon of safflower oil
  • 1 tablespoon of Thanaka powder
  • A pinch of turmeric

Procedure

Wax the area first. Blend the ingredients into a paste. Apply the paste on the face. Gently massage on your face in the direction opposite to the direction of hair growth for about 10 minutes. Leave it on overnight for best results.

Frequency

Thrice a week ideally.

Why this Remedy Works

it is a trusted method that helps lower hair growth from the inside.

Suitable for

All skin types can use this.

Precautions to Take

A patch test is recommended.

15. Chickpea Flour Or Besan

Chickpea flour or besan

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of besan
  • 1 tablespoon of turmeric

Procedure

Blend the ingredients with water into a paste. Apply the paste on the face and let it dry for some time. Then, gently keep scrubbing till it completely dries off. Wipe off with a wet cloth

Frequency

Thrice a week ideally.

Why this Remedy Works

When dried off, the paste can pull off the hair.

Suitable for

All skin types can use this.

Precautions to Take

A patch test is recommended.

16. Gelatin Face Mask

Gelatin face mask

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of plain gelatin
  • 2-3 tablespoons of milk
  • 1-2 drops of lavender oil or a few drops of fresh lemon juice

Procedure

Blend the ingredients and heat the mixture. Apply the paste on the face and let it dry. Peel it off.

Frequency

Whenever you need instant hair removal.

Why this Remedy Works

When dried off, the mask can pull off the hair.

Suitable for

All skin types can use this.

Precautions to Take

A patch test is recommended. Make sure the mixture is not too hot.

17. Garlic

Ingredients

1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed garlic juice

Procedure

Apply the juice on the face and let it sit for 30 minutes. Wash it off with warm water. Moisturise with a mild cream.

Frequency

Once daily till complete hair removal.

Why this Remedy Works

Tried and tested method, without much scientific backing. But garlic is well known for its skin benefits.

Suitable for

People with sensitive skin should choose other methods.

Precautions to Take

A patch test is highly recommended. The odour is really strong and might trigger asthmatic reactions. Do not use if you’re allergic to garlic.

18. Wheat Bran and Milk

Wheat bran and milk

Ingredients

  • 2-3 tablespoons of wheat bran
  • Milk (enough to make a paste)
  • 1 tablespoon of rose water

Procedure

Blend the ingredients. Apply the paste on the face. Keep massaging in a circular motion till it dries. Wash it off.

Frequency

Once daily. If you have sensitive skin, do this thrice a week.

Why this Remedy Works

When dried off, the paste can pull off the hair.

Suitable for

All skin types can use this.

Precautions to Take

A patch test is recommended.

19. Indian Nettle and Turmeric

Indian nettle and turmeric

Ingredients

  • A handful of Indian nettle leaves (dried)
  • 1/2 tablespoon of turmeric

Procedure

Blend the ingredients in a grinder. Apply the paste on the face. Let it sit for several hours. You could also leave it overnight. Wash it off.

Frequency

Once daily for 4-6 weeks to see the effect.

Why this Remedy Works

Both nettle leaves and turmeric help thinning the hair from within the skin. They also fight against acne and flare-ups.

Suitable for

All skin types can use this.

Precautions to Take

A patch test is recommended. If you’re allergic to it, it might cause slight irritation.

20. Black Cohosh

Black cohosh

Ingredients

  • 1.5 tablespoons of black cohosh root (dried)
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon of honey

Procedure

Put the root in water and heat. Bring to a boil. Let it simmer for about 30 minutes; you’ll get roughly a third of the original quantity left. Strain the leaves and add honey (if needed). Let it cool completely. You could also store it in a refrigerator. Drink it.

Frequency

Drink a cup thrice a day.

Why this Remedy Works

Black cohosh is used for its anti-androgenic properties as a treatment for hirsutism.

Suitable for

All skin types can use this.

Precautions to Take

Do not consume if you have a liver problem or hormonal imbalance. Too much of it can cause nausea, headache, discomfort or dizziness.

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