7 Natural Ways to Remove Facial Hair – No Razor Required

natural ways to remove facial hair

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.

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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.

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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.

Other Options


Natural waxing

Mix sugar with juice from most any citrus fruit and honey to make a paste. (Heat if you need to make it a paste you can work with.) Apply to hairy areas, cover with a cloth or waxing strips, and pull off to remove unwanted hair. This may work better on other areas of the body—it may be too aggressive for your face—but if you have stubborn hair, this will help get rid of it.

Natural bleaching

Try a natural bleaching action using potatoes! They’re said to naturally lighten the look of hair, and with this mask, you’re also likely to remove some of the hair. Soak some yellow lentils in a bowl overnight, and then remove the water and grind them up to make a paste. Cook your potato and mash it up (without the skin), and extract the juice by pressing. Mix the lentil paste and potato juice with about 4 tablespoons of lemon juice and a tablespoon of honey. Apply to areas of facial hair and let sit for about 30 minutes. Rub gently as you’re rinsing to remove hair.

For sensitive skin

If you have sensitive skin and these other methods make you a little nervous, use the power of enzymes to your benefit. Papaya is a rich source of natural enzymes that help exfoliate skin and may help break down fine facial hair as well. Cut a raw papaya fruit into pieces, grind to make a paste, then mix about 2 tablespoons with about ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder. Apply to areas that have hair and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Massage into the skin while it’s on, and then let it do its work. Rinse with warm water and apply moisturizer.

Let it grow!

If hair removal just isn't for you, we're all for letting it grow. Body hair is normal, everyone has it, and some of us are comfortable just leaving it. Natural is in!

Have you tried natural hair-removal techniques? Which one works best for you? Please share your experiences.


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  1. LovelyAlaskan says

    Mosts studies, articles, and books agree that, Lavender, Frankincense, Myrrh, and Cypress Oils encourage hair growth. I would not use these for trying to remove hair. However, I agree asks someone who is trained and specializes in natural healing.

  2. Ella says

    So far I’ve seen topical peppermint oil (in a carrier oil) being used to grow scalp hair. It’s better than minoxidil apparently. Information can be found on the Internet.

    I’ve also heard of lavender and tea tree oil for reducing facial hair, again in a carrier oil.

    What’s worked for me is a home laser thing I bought a few years ago. It’s a bright light that damages the hair follicles. It produced a great result on my legs. The result on my face was not as good though. Silk’n I think it’s called. I could be wrong..

    I wouldn’t recommend electrolysis because if leaves scars, even when done by a professional. Alexandrite lasers work for dark hair but the treatment hurts.

    I’ve also read that BMI is important. Too high and it causes hormone problems that promotes unwanted hair. Below 28% is recommend.

    I tried drinking spearmint tea – it worked but it made me depressed, so I stopped.

  3. says

    I have unwanted hair in my face and i dont like it…. Im looking for so long what natural home remedies I can use and finally i found this methods and I try… I try to use the sugar , corn flour and the eggwhite and it works it…. Thanks and finally its all disappeared?

  4. Sandra says

    Hi! Can someone give me the measurements for the ingredients of the natural waxing option? And for the natural bleaching, how much yellow lentils should there be in comparison to the potato juice? I’d love to try these but I’m terrible with winging measurements, thank you!

  5. Acne Victim says

    Hi !

    Good work. Very informative article.
    I have a query regarding Lavender and tea tree oil. It’s been a month I started using tea tree oil for acne scars and to avoid new break outs.I leave it overnight on face. It somewhat helped me with acne but i am observing that my facial hair are getting thicker ? Any idea why and any cure or remedy ?

    Thank you


    • Annmarie Skin Care says

      Hi there,

      We aren’t sure if these essential oils can cause extra hair growth, we would definitely suggest researching that a bit more and seeing if you can find the culprit.

  6. ann says

    Tried sugar,,lemon and water made into a paste. Could not believe that it worked and I am so pleased as my daughter is now aware of her hairy lip-glad I can offer a safe treatment that works.

  7. Andrea says

    I’ve been apprehensive to try the lavender and tea tree oil due to seeing on other sites suggesting it for hair growth. Has anyone had this’s affect? I’m afraid to risk it…

    • Ann says

      I have the same concern. When I was looking for a natural way to inhibit hair growth, lavender kept on popping up as something to use to stimulate hair growth. I sure don’t want that on my face. I’ve used the chemical depilatories and I ALWAYS get a bad reaction so they are out of the question.

  8. Melissa Gandari says

    I want to get more information on how to use natural way to get rid offacial hair.begini hair

  9. Heidi says

    This week I started using the lavender oil and tea tree oil mixture. I noticed a difference on the second day!

  10. Female says

    Too much work and most aren’t even permanent… can you please make the lavender & tea tree oil into a product you sell if it actually works? Maybe there’s a way to mask the mediciney scent of the tea tree oil with another ingredient because it doesn’t smell that good. I think a dropper bottle or pump might be better than a spray because it would be less messy and I don’t want it getting on other areas I do want hair to grow, like eyelashes.

    Speaking of which, it would be great if you made an eyelash growth serum in a tube too, and especially a black eyelash dye, made with something natural like henna. My lashes are long and thick enough but too light colored, you can hardly see half of them, I’ve never tried a mascara I’ve liked and don’t want to apply that every day, they’re all clumpy and make my lashes look fake, and I haven’t been able to find these products with natural ingredients. I’m avoiding using the toxic dyes even though they’re sold as at home kits, and I loved the results when done at a salon.

    Also looking for something natural for hyperpigmentation that works (as fast as possible) and is not oily because I have oily skin and don’t use moisturizer or anything on my skin during the day because of it.

    Looking forward to seeing what other products you make, especially cosmetics! Thanks

    P.S. I’ve loved your Renegade Health show on YouTube for years which is how I know about you. Hi to Kevin.

    (sorry for getting off topic in this post, not sure where to leave product requests or if you even take them, you can edit parts out if you want)

  11. Camile Hixon says

    I did the sugar yogurt scrub today and it worked great! I’m beyond ecstatic to know there is a natural alternative to the chemicals I had been using (Olay hair removal) which caused me to break out. The sugar scrub worked great on my chin & upper lip and it was a great exfoliator for the rest of my face. No more chemicals, no more break outs! Thank you for this, it came right when I needed it!

    • key says

      I have a question did the hair ever grow back? Also did you use plain yogurt
      Or was it gone for good?
      I really would like to get ride of my facial hair for good.

      • Annmarie Skin Care says

        Hi there,

        The hair does grow back, if you want to remove facial hair permanently, you would need to work with a specialist.

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