How to De-Fuzz Your Face: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know

Zara Kenyon

Facial hair removal is a seriously hot topic but also a rather taboo subject. I've made some almighty mistakes in the past when it comes to hair removal—the main one being that I've gone at peach fuzz as if it were a Richard from Friends–style 'stache. It's been through everything, including extra-strength hair removal creams left on much too long and wax ripped not once, but multiple times from the same bit of barely there hair. (I know, I know.) But I know I'm not alone. So let's not mess around here: We've all been there, so why not give you a handy guide on how to de-fuzz?

I like to think I've got a good grip on de-fuzzing facial hair these days, in part because my key approach is leaving it in the hands of experts. It's a tricky area, though. Because peach fuzz is still treated as a bit of a taboo subject, many don't discuss their options and put delicate facial skin through ill-informed DIY jobs.

Then there's the matter of how to soothe a burnt upper lip if it all goes painfully wrong, or the question surrounding regrowth and whether it really comes back thicker. So I spoke to some of the most knowledgeable beauty experts in the business to answer all of your de-fuzzing queries. Keep scrolling to read some of the biggest questions about facial hair removal, and then find out how to do it.

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How Should Skin Be Prepped?

Pre-hair removal, Nathalie Eleni, Braun beauty brand ambassador, stresses that it's crucial you don't tackle fuzz where the skin is broken or irritated. All good? "Then use a pH-balanced face wash such as Cetaphil (£6) to cleanse, and dry your face with a clean flannel," she says. Plus, "if you are using Roaccutane, retinol or acid-based creams, you are more likely to see irritation, and if waxing, the skin is more likely to rip off," Debbie adds. "So don't use these for five days before going for treatment."

When Should I Leave the Hair Alone?

There are two times Vanya suggests leaving hair on the chin and upper lip alone. "I encourage my guests to avoid hair-removal methods a few days before they are due on their period," she says. "The skin can be more sensitive around this time, and be more likely to experience a reaction." If your chosen method is waxing, avoid it during a breakout as it can cause an increase in bacteria, raising the risk of spots spreading.

What Do I Do Post-Removal?

When peach fuzz has been, er, de-fuzzed, Debbie recommends using soothing, natural products such as aloe vera to cool the skin and take the redness down. If you can't face a makeup-free dash from salon to the bathroom with a red halo on your chin and lip, she says to apply Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation (£50) which is also infused with aloe and encourages cell repair. Finally, if your chosen method is wax, hair removal cream or cream bleach, avoid sun exposure for three to seven days to reduce the risk of pigmentation.

What If Skin Is Spot-Prone?

First, let's discuss what you shouldn't do. Because waxing can tug away the top layer of skin and cause the pores to be exposed, it leaves you more vulnerable to spot-boosting bacteria. Strong chemicals in hair removal creams can also anger blemishes, so both methods are best avoided when you're in the midst of a breakout. Instead, Debbie recommends that you opt for lasers or threading.

I Made a Mistake. Now What?

The rules are simple. If you experience a mild reaction, Debbie says to get a burn cream from the chemist and apply it for one to three days. "Do not put any perfumed or strong, active products on the area, and avoid sun exposure until the skin has healed, or you may see pigmentation marks—especially on the upper lip," she adds. However, if you're experiencing blistering, bleeding or scabbing post-removal, it's best to see a doctor. Yours won't be the first 'stache trauma they've tended to, trust us.

Will the Hair Grow Back Thicker?

It's a common myth that removing facial hair will cause the strands to grow back thicker, but this is only the case when shaving with a blunt razor. "This is because the end of the hair is cut with a blunt edge, which can make hair appear thicker," explains Shavata.

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