Coarse chin hair isn’t something any woman wants to deal with but it is more common than you think. Fortunately, there are plenty of easy and affordable ways to remove facial hair.
Every woman has some peach fuzz but it is more noticeable on some than others. A lot of it simply has to do with genetics so it is not something to directly worry about.
Some women are blessed with very fine light colored barely there facial hair while others have to deal with darker thicker facial hair. The only time it might be of some concern is if you suddenly notice a lot of coarse hair growth because then there might be an underlying condition.
Don’t panic though, like we said, chain hair is very common and easy enough to remove. So, before you begin stressing about your hormones, try out these tried and tested ways to remove chin hair.
Never encountered this much facial hair on yourself? Then, scroll further down and check whether you notice any other symptoms and speak to your doctor.
Tweezing is a quick and precise hair removal method. This is the best way to remove hair when there is only one or just a few stubborn hairs poking out in places you don’t want them.
This is not the best method for when you have a lot of hair growth, though. That would take a lot of time and can irritate the skin.
If you use your tweezers properly, this is a painless way to get rid of hair. However, it is common to use tweezers wrong which can hurt, like when you pull your skin by accident or pull out the hair in the wrong direction.
Do you have sensitive skin or do you experience redness on your chin after tweezing? Follow these steps to minimize any after effects.
- Clean your face with a moist warm soft cloth. This not only prevents the buildup of bacteria but it also makes plucking out the hair easier.
- Use your free hand to keep the skin around the hair taut.
- Place the sharp end of the tweezer as close as possible to the root of the hair.
- Pluck quickly in the same direction as the hair growth.
- Once you removed all the unwanted hairs, use an aloe vera gel to soothe the skin.
- Properly clean your tweezer after each use.
Other tweezing tips:
- Taking a hot shower before tweezing is also a good idea. The steam opens up your pores and lets you pluck the hairs with less effort.
- Feeling some pain when plucking? Rub an ice cube over your chin before you pluck to numb the skin.
When you pluck, you are removing the hair by its root (when done properly) so this method can keep you hair-free for several weeks, depending on the rate of your hair growth. Continuous plucking may result in less hair growth for some women but this effect can take years and is not noticeable for everyone.
Epilation is essentially tweezing your hair but with an electric device. For most people, this feels more painful than tweezing.
Epilators work quicker than using tweezers so this might be the more suitable option for course chin hair. This is the best way to epilate.
- Exfoliate your skin as preparation for the epilation.
- Read the instructions of the epilator. Certain brands require dry skin while other recommend epilation on wet skin.
- Glide the epilator over your skin but be careful not too press too hard. Move the epilator in the direction opposite of your hair growth.
- Take your time, even if it hurts. If you move the epilator too fast the hair is not pulled out by the root but broken like with a shaver.
- After you have removed all the unwanted hair, use a soothing moisturizer on your chin.
Other epilation tips:
- It takes time to get used to the pain. Using the epilator more frequently may help with this.
- Don’t skip the exfoliation! This prevents ingrown hairs.
Epilation, if done properly, lasts as long as tweezing your hair since it pulls hair out by the root. If not done properly, you get the same results as shaving your hair.
We’ve actually done a great article on our favourite epilators, you can find it here.
Shaving is the most painless method of hair removal. As long as you don’t get any shaving nicks, that is.
Most disposable razors have a protective guard that prevent most shaving nicks. However, this only works when you are using a clean and unbroken razor so don’t use any damaged razors or one that is already starting to rust.
Safety razors are gaining popularity for their closer shave and the reduced likeliness of bumps and irritation. However, they are extremely sharp and require practice to use properly – practice you might want to do around your face.
Shaving is more likely to cause ingrown hairs so follow these shaving steps to try and avoid that.
- Clean your face with a moist warm cloth.
- Apply a shaving cream or a foamy soap to your chin.
- Carefully slide the razor over the area covered in shaving cream or soap. Be sure to only shave in the same direction of the hair growth.
- Wash your face after the shave to remove any excess cream or soap.
- Apply a soft cooling cream, gel or moisturizer after you have dried your face.
Other shaving tips:
- If you notice ingrown hairs after a few days, pluck them out using a tweezer.
- Use a tweezer to remove hairs that are too short to shave. Don’t shave against the hair growth because you think this gives you a closer shave – this causes ingrown hairs.
Shaving does not remove the hair by its root so this method lets the hair grow back the fastest. Depending on your hair growth this can be within a matter of days or a week.
Waxing can be a more painful method of facial hair removal but it depends on your pain tolerance and the sensitivity of your skin. There are several types of wax so you might want to look into each different kind.
The most practical at-home remedy is using wax strips that you can buy at most drug stores. These are paper strips already lined with a layer of wax.
This is how to wax at home using pre-made waxing strips.
- Read the instructions carefully but most brands will follow the same general steps.
- Clean the your face using a soft moist cloth.
- Make sure that your skin is completely dry before applying the wax strip or it won’t adhere to your hair as well as it should.
- Rub the wax strips between your hands until you feel the wax warm up.
- Pull the wax sheets apart.
- Carefully place the wax sheet on your chin with sticky side against your skin. Place it in a way that will make it easy to pull off with a single jerk.
- Rub on the wax in the same direction as the hair growth. On your chin this is downwards.
- Quickly pull off the strip in the opposite direction of the hair growth with one strong swift movement. On your chin this is upward.
- Use an oil-based liquid to remove excess wax from your chin and soothe your skin. Many wax strip packages include a few cleansing towels, as well.
- Use a soft moist cloth to remove the oil.
- Redness is normal but don’t apply any other creams, powders or gels after waxing. This will only irritate the skin further.
Other waxing tips:
- Try not to wax the same spot more than once per session because this can make the skin inflamed. It is better to pluck the few remaining stubborn hairs with a tweezer, afterwards.
- Waxing can cause redness for a few hours so plan this for a night in.
- You can also make your own hot wax but you will need to buy extra equipment for this. Go for a few waxing appointments at your local waxing salon and ask them for advice on the best at-home waxing methods.
- Waxing only works on hair of a certain length so you might have to wait longer for the next facial hair removal session.
Waxing removes hair by its root and is one of the most long lasting methods of hair removal. Waxing can keep your face free of hair for up to six weeks depending on how fast your hair grows.
Sugaring is the newly popular alternative to waxing and some people find it is less painful on their skin. You can make your own sugar wax at home or go to specialty shops to buy ready made sugaring wax.
- Prepare the sugaring wax. Here is an example of an simple recipe.
- Clean your face with a warm moist cloth or take hot shower to open up your pores.
- Dry your skin and spread a little baby powder on your chin to let the wax stick better.
- Place the sugaring wax on your chin and slowly spread it against the hair growth direction while keeping your skin taut. Don’t stretch the wax too far because this will hurt.
- Wait a few seconds for the sugaring wax to soak into your skin.
- Then, slowly flick the wax off your skin in the same direction as the hair growth.
- Re-apply the sugaring wax if there are still unwanted hairs left. Unlike with regular wax, this should not cause inflamed skin.
- When you are done, use a piece of sugaring wax to remove remaining bits of sugaring wax. The substance sticks to itself so it should be easy and painless.
Other sugar waxing tips:
- It may take a few tries to get the right consistency of sugaring wax. Try different methods of preparing the wax if you are having difficulty getting it right.
- Sugaring is more difficult to master than regular waxing. Don’t be discouraged when it doesn’t seem to work the first time.
Sugaring lasts as long as waxing so this is a long lasting method of hair removal.
Before we continue, here’s a great video from Dr. Oz on the causes of female chin hair, and some solutions!
Threading is a popular method of hair removal in the Middle East and works especially well on coarse hair. The sensation is similar to tweezing and may cause some redness.
This method uses a cotton thread to wrap around each hair. With swift movements of the wrist the thread pulls out hair by the roots.
Threading is not an easy DIY method of hair removal because it is a special skill and difficult to perform on yourself. The better option is looking for a local salon that offers threading services.
This is another long lasting method of hair removal. It lasts about as long as tweezing your chin hair.
Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal uses special machinery emitting specific light waves. This procedure damages the cells of the hair follicle so that it cannot grow new hair.
This is not a quick solution to removing coarse chin hair. Laser hair removal is a long process that can take several months.
Also, this method is not suitable for all types of hair and skin. It works best on light skin with dark hair but darker skin tones and lighter hair colors may also see results after a longer process.
The safest way is having the procedure performed by professionals. The professional devices have a strong intensity and must be applied according to specific guidelines.
However, there are home laser hair removal devices available today. These devices are less intense (for safety reasons) but they will also yield lesser results compared to the professional procedure.
Though this method takes a long time to see results, it is the most long lasting and for some offers permanent hair removal. This is also the most expensive form of hair removal so consider your budget.
What facial hair removal methods have you tried?