Hair Removal

Dermaplaning, Shaving & Depilatories: How to Remove Facial Hair at Home

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Chances are, you’ve been dealing with your facial hair the same way since your upper lip ‘stache first appeared in eighth grade. We get it: While there are a lot of options out there for facial hair removal, it’s easier to stick with what you know. But rethinking your method could lead to better outcomes — think smoother skin, less irritation, and fewer ingrown hairs. Depending on your skin type and the kind of facial hair you’re dealing with, switching it up could go a long way.

Before you do that, it also helps to optimize your pre- and post-facial hair removal skincare regimen. For one, “it is important to avoid anything that could cause skin irritation in your skincare routine, such as retinoids, AHAs, and BHAs,” says Chicago, Illinois-based dermatologist Caroline Robinson, MD. (That includes in-office treatments like chemical peels, too.) Your skin also shouldn’t be compromised in any way before hair removal — so, no redness, no irritation, and definitely no sunburns. Then, after any form of hair removal, you should “avoid direct sunlight and treat the skin gently,” says Dr. Robinson. Applying a basic moisturizer and a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher will yield the smoothest, safest results. Ready to get rid of some fuzz? Keep reading to find the best method for you.

Editor's Note

Retinol shouldn't be used by women who are pregnant, considering getting pregnant, or nursing. Please consult with your doctor before use.