November 1, 2013

Remove Unwanted Facial Hair With This Homemade Oil

Facial hair is something every woman has, for some it's very light and hardly noticeable while for others it's prominent. In some cases it's genetically inherited. If your mother or grandmother had a lot of hair on their bodies, chances are that you may have it too. But for some, it's because their hormones go out of whack, especially for PCOS sufferers. Unwanted facial hair is something every girl/woman dreads. (However there are some brave women like Balpreet Kaur who are comfortable with their facial hair and don't give a hoot to what their tormenters think.) Even though your facial hair was light and hardly unobtrusive when you were younger, once you are on the wrong side of thirties, hair begins to pop up in the most unlikeliest of places, your chin, nipples and abdomen. This usually happens because there is a slight imbalance in the ratio of female (estrogen) to -male (androgen) hormones. It's a natural process of aging and there isn't pretty much you can do.

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Of course, you can rely on cosmetic measures such as tweezing, threading or waxing too get rid of it. You could also opt for laser treatment but it can cost you a fortune and in wrong hands it can even scar you for life. And though it seems like your hair growth has reduced drastically after several pricey sittings, after an year or two it does come back. So no point in wasting your hard-earned money on it. There is also this prescription cream called Vaniqa, to slow down hair growth. You have to rub it into your skin twice a day and leave it on for 4 hours. It significantly reduces hair-growth, according to a study conducted, but the drawback is that once you stop using it the hair grows back. Also it's not recommended for pregnant and nursing mothers and  women who are trying to get pregnant. Besides the long-term effects of this cream are also not known.

Now my mother who's in her late 50's has a few stray hairs on her chin. Hair on the chin can be removed either by threading or tweezing. Waxing is out of question as those strays grow haphazardly and you cannot whisk them off just like that. My mother usually tweezes those hairs. It does require some of your time, good lighting, a mirror and of course the privacy of your home. It can be frustrating when you are travelling or when you have to stay at a friend or relative's place. In such circumstances, you can try shaving them off with a sharp razor. Now for most women, shaving facial hair is something unthinkable but believe me, it does not affect your hair texture or make it grow any thicker or denser. When you are undergoing laser treatment, the dermatologist highly recommends that you shave your hair in between the sessions and not take recourse to any other form of hair removal. Shaving does not disturb the hair roots and as such does not interfere with your laser treatment process.

Now my mother happened to watch a TV programme, where a practitioner of folk medicine was talking about a DIY oil to reduce facial hair growth. She noted it down and prepared this oil, quite unsure of its efficacy.

Homemade Oil to Reduce Facial Hair Growth

Ingredients Required:

Place a pan on a low flame and add the coconut oil first. Then add coconut shell pieces and garlic pods and after sometime add the eucalyptus oil. Be careful with the eucalyptus oil, though. It's boiling point is very less and if you heat it beyond that temp., the whole mixture may catch fire. When the garlic pods turn brown, remove from fire. Store it in a container without straining. It can be preserved for up to 2 months. Do not refrigerate. If you want to prepare more of this oil, increase the quantity of the ingredients accordingly.


Take a little of this oil in a spoon and apply it on freshly tweezed skin and let it stay for an hour or two. Do this after you take your bath. Then apply it once more - an hour or two before you go to sleep. My mother used it regularly without fail for a month and to her surprise found that this simple oil was quite effective. She found that she had to tweeze less and less hairs as days passed by. However, when she couldn't use this oil for a week or so due to some reason, she found that the hair grew back. So you have to keep on using this oil regularly if you want to slow down your facial hair growth. You can also use it for your upper lips and sideburns, but only after tweezing those unwanted fuzzies. Now this isn't some magic potion that will completely eliminate unwanted hair nor do I claim that it is as effective as Vaniqa as my mother has never used it. However it's a great way to keep your facial hair in check without any side-effects. Try it and see if it works for you. I'm not sure how it works on girls/women with a lot of facial hair but for a few stray hairs on the chin it does work  well! At least for my mom it worked!

(By Smitha)

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  1. Ahana2:46 PM

    Plucking facial hair is inexpensive, but time consuming. It can also be painful and lead to ingrown hairs if the hair breaks off underneath the skin. You can avoid ingrown hairs by pulling the hair gently as opposed to yanking it out with the tweezers.

  2. Ramya2:51 PM

    Electrolysis uses electrical current to permanently damage individual hair follicles so they do not grow back.

  3. . Squeeze 10 ml lemon
    juice into 40 ml honey and prepare a
    mixture. Take a cotton swab and rub this
    mixture in the direction of the hair
    growth. Rinse after 15 minutes. Repeat
    twice a week for 2 weeks and then use it
    every week to find an improvement in the
    facial hair condition.

  4. Dr Roopa3:04 PM

    An easy to use facial mask to help
    remove unwanted hair is to squeeze 10
    ml lemon juice into a cup of water
    (150ml). Add 30 grams of Gram flour into
    this mixture and mix thoroughly. Apply
    this yellow mixture on the face. Wait for
    15 minutes and then scrub your face in
    the direction of the hair growth to
    remove unwanted hair.

  5. Anonymous2:48 PM

    Mix honey, sugar, and lemon (one teaspoon of each) in a bowl, and heat in the microwave for one to two minutes, until warm. Apply a smooth layer to the face using the dull side of a butter knife, and cover with cellophane paper. Quickly pull off in the opposite direction of the hair growth, and the unwanted facial hair will quickly be removed.

  6. Raveena2:50 PM

    Mix turmeric powder with milk and apply on the face. Scrub it off slowly moving your fingers in circular motion, and then wash with cold water. This will remove facial hair over a period of time.

  7. Reduce unwanted facial hair gradually with a gentle coconut paste.

  8. Ragini3:28 PM

    thanks you Smitha It works! By applying this oil , growth of unwanted hair reduced

  9. Anonymous10:54 PM

    i used vaniqa and it caused cystic acne. it has been more than 2 weeks since i used it and i am still dealing with residual skin issues.

  10. Medini3:02 PM

    lazer is the only "permanent" solution, and even that isn't totally permanent. IT is a constant battle,

  11. Chickpea flour (sattu) or gram flour added to kasturi turmeric can be used as a facial scrub to inhibit hair growth. Be sure to apply this paste for about a month to notice results.

  12. skin expert2:21 PM

    A very good and useful article. The young girls who sometimes have skin problems must read this and other similar articles based on healthy home remedies. Many cosmetics are harmful and must be used with caution. Avoid being misled by flashy/glamorous ads by companies to promote their sales

  13. Savita5:19 PM

    Wax it every 2 weeks, soon it will will stop growing.The process could take a year or two. be patient.

    1. Hi, I have slight upper lip hair on right side of my lips. I am 35 now and felt is noticeable these days. TWo strands are the not so fine kind, rest i=of my upper lip is clean. Do hair of kind of thicknesses stop growing or is it relevant only for fine hair?

    2. Smitha3:16 PM

      Try and see if it works for you. Anyway it doesn't have any side-effects.

  14. Anonymous5:54 AM

    Im a black woman, 42 years.I hate these hair on my chin.I need help.

  15. Harini2:41 PM

    Masoor dal and potato mask: You have to take a bowl of dal and soak it overnight. Grind the lentils until it turns into a paste and mash the potato to make into a paste. Apply it on your face and leave it for 20 minutes. Rinse it off when it gets dry to remove unwanted facial hair.

  16. Tejashri2:45 PM

    Oatmeal is a great exfoliating agent, and is a great way to scrub off facial hair. Add half tablespoon of oatmeal and add eight drops of lemon drop to it. Mix it well and then apply it on your face. Leave it there for 15-20 minutes, and rub it against the direction of the growth. Use this scrub twice a week.


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