While most men are googling “how to make facial hair grow” (with the whole beard revolution), the worried opposite sex frantically googles the opposite. While facial hair was not a concern for women in past generations …
…women have progressed to striving for hairless skin, even more so facial skin, with unwavering determination.
A natural depilatory? Aging. Not very appealing or time honoring. It may not even have an effect on facial hair.
Don’t worry, me ladies. There are natural ways to get rid of the below-brow hair, Presley-like long sideburns, mustache, and beard.
You need to first understand why women get facial hair (that is in excess of the “normal”).
When talking about facial hair, you need to know what hirsutism is. Hirsutism is a condition where women have excess body hair in unwanted places like the chin, back, and chest.
Hirsutism may be an inherited genetic trait or a result of hormonal imbalance caused by abnormally high levels of male hormones (androgens like testosterone). The most common cause of hirsutism is PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) that is triggered by a disrupted endocrine system.
What do you already know?
Going back to the “worried opposite sex” part.
Whether you suffer from hirsutism or simply want to remove excess facial hair, in all probability, you have already tried some hair removal methods like the ones mentioned below…
The reason why you’re on this page is that you’re tired of the pain (threading, tweezing, and waxing can be oh so painful!), pocket drain, and side effects of most of these methods. You want to go natural, cheap, and convenient.
What can you do right NOW (at home) to remove unwanted facial hair and naturally?
Is turmeric good for hair removal?
Old wives and unquestioning holistic activists without hesitation often advise the use of turmeric to remove facial hair. Is there any truth in this myth? Seems not.1
There is no scientific evidence yet to explain this age-old claim, something we need to give a serious thought to. While turmeric may definitely have skin benefits, its role in inhibiting hair growth is questionable.
Having wiped out such a popular ingredient in the world of natural hair removal, what are the alternatives you’re left with?
As already established, excess androgens is a huge sign board pointing at excess facial hair. According to a study, spearmint tea reduces testosterone levels (male hormone) and increases estradiol levels (female hormone) in your body.2 In this way, it counteracts the hormonal imbalance responsible for triggering hair growth.
More research is needed to further solidify these claims. In the meantime, refresh yourself with a cup of spearmint tea. What have you got to lose?
Drink 2 cups a day for at least two weeks to start shedding unwanted fuzz.
How to make spearmint tea: Pour 1 cup of boiling water over a heaping teaspoon of dried, ground spearmint leaves or 1.5 teaspoons of fresh, finely chopped spearmint leaves. Steep for 10 minutes. Sweeten with sugar or honey, if necessary.
Because spearmint tea works by messing with androgen levels, men, pregnant women, and nursing moms need to avoid this method. Also, a heads up—hormonal disruptions may manifest as irregular periods.
How do you know it’s working?
When the number of times you need to resort to an emergency shave, wax, or tweeze reduces, you’ll know you’re doing something right.
Papaya contains the enzyme papain. According to a study, papain has been shown to degenerate hair follicles and disintegrate hair shafts.4
Go ahead. Mash up some fresh papaya and smear it all over your face. Wash off after 15–20 minutes.
Egg whites do nothing to weaken hair follicles or disassemble hair shafts. They effectively suffice as home-made wax. Make a face peel by brushing on some egg whites on your face. Once it has dried, gently peel it off. Like waxing, it will remove unwanted facial hair along with it.
The above methods for facial hair removal are most likely temporary (even though we desperately want them to be permanent). While they remove existing hair, already activated hair follicles may remain unaffected.
A convenient alternative to hair removal is bleaching.
Yes, it may be very prominent in bright outdoors, but everywhere else you’re skin will look smooth and hair-free. Lemon is a natural bleach. You may try this…
At the end of the day, facial hair or not, flaunt that face with pride.
References [ + ]
|1.||↑||Jasmine H Shaffrathul, Prabhu S Karthick, Reena Rai, CR Srinivas. Turmeric: Role in hypertrichosis and acne. Indian Journal of Dermatology.|
|2.||↑||Grant, P. Spearmint herbal tea has significant anti-androgen effects in polycystic ovarian syndrome. a randomized controlled trial. Phytotherapy Research.|
|3.||↑||Eduardo Traversaa, Gláucia Maria Machado-Santellib, Maria Valéria Robles Velascoa. Histological evaluation of hair follicle due to papain’s depilatory effect. International Journal of Pharmaceutics.|
|4.||↑||E.E. Protopapa, H. Gaissert, A. Xenakis,S. Avramiotis, N. Stavrianeas, C.E. Sekeris, J. Schenkel, A. Alonso. The effect of proteolytic enzymes on hair follicles of transgenic mice expressing the lac Z-protein in cells of the bulge region. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology.|