5 Effective DIY Options
All women have peach fuzz. It’s a fact! While the soft and fine hair on our faces and necks may be barely noticeable in some, it presents more of a problem to others. But we’re all looking for the most convenient way on how to remove peach fuzz – and these super-effective options can be done from the comfort of our own homes.
It’s important to note that excessive facial hair and vellus hair, while generally a result of genetics, maybe a sign of an underlying health issue such as a hormonal imbalance. So if your peach fuzz seems to present a bigger problem than most contend with, don’t hesitate to consult a health professional for a more holistic solution and better hair removal method. They will probably also be able to help you with your other body hair.
Disclaimer: in this world of magnifying mirrors and illuminating selfies, it’s easy to become obsessed with getting rid of your facial hair. However, don’t jump to any conclusions without researching what methods work best for your skin type, amount of hair, and history of skin conditions or medication. It may also be prudent to consult a dermatologist to map out the best plan of action for your at-home peach fuzz removal.
Waxing may come to mind as the most obvious at-home peach fuzz remover. Although waxing is a non-permanent solution, it usually leaves skin smooth and stubble-free for 2-4 weeks. When applying wax at home, make sure to carefully read the instructions, as things can easily go wrong with hot wax. For example, overheating the wax can lead to unnecessary burns, rashes, and sensitivity.
When waxing at home, best practice includes carrying out a test patch with the wax on less obvious skin such as your arm rather than going straight for your upper lip! It’s also important to avoid waxing if you are using skin care products such as topical acne medication or antibiotics, as these tend to make your skin more tender.
Derma planing is another DIY facial hair removal favorite that has taken off in recent years. The derma planning tool is made up of a dragged blade across the face at a 45-degree angle to remove peach fuzz and the outer skin layer made up of dead skin cells and blemishes. When derma planning, gently stretch your skin and pull the blade in light, feathery strokes across the region.
Dermaplaining leaves dull, damaged skin looking radiant, smooth, and youthful, and this exfoliation leads to increased effectiveness of most skin care products and makeup.
If your facial hair is curlier and coarser than average, be sure to use a single blade razor as multiple blades are more likely to cause ingrown hairs.
However, like all skincare methods, it’s best practice to research derma planning in full to determine if your peach fuzz calls for this type of removal. Most dermatologists will point out that improper methodology may lead to permanent scarring, sensitive skin. If you’re experiencing acne or cold sores, derma planning may only spread and exacerbate the infection.
Although it’s a temporary solution, epilating leads to comparatively longer-lasting results than derma planning as it removes the peach fuzz hair at its roots. The epilator is an electronic device that works like several tweezers by tweezing the hair from your face and neck. For best results, glide the epilator in the same direction as hair growth.
Because of its nature, epilating can be painful, but it’s definitely the more comfortable option compared to waxing. Also, after a few weeks of epilating, you’ll notice that it has slowed down hair growth in those areas, which leads to increased effectiveness.
Some benefits of epilating include its ability to remove shorter, finer hairs than waxing can. It can also be used on wet or dry skin, making it one of the most convenient at-home facial hair removers for excess facial hair.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
IPL is a type of photo facial therapy that uses a laser to target hair growth using laser hair removal. The laser works to convert light to heat, emitted in pulses as it passes over the face, killing the unwanted hair follicle and aiding hair removal.
It is normal to experience a pinching sensation, although this treatment is generally pain-free and a great at-home peach fuzz removal option.
A large part of IPL’s appeal is that it can lead to permanent hair removal; however, even IPL may call for infrequent maintenance.
Laser hair removal is also brilliant for leaving your skin younger and fresher, as it minimizes age spots, acne scars, and sun damage.
A depilatory cream is a popular option for temporary peach fuzz removal that slows hair growth and leaves skin stubble-free for up to 4 days.
This quick and safe method using hair removal cream breaks down the hair proteins and dissolves the hair at its base, where it enters the skin. When the cream is gently wiped away using a damp cloth, the hairs break off. Unlike shaving, which leaves a blunt hair end, the dissolution causes a more tapered hair tip and, as a result, softer stubble.
However, there are risks to be considered before applying this product. Depilatory creams can be harsh on your skin, so make sure to test a patch of skin on your arm, following the instructions carefully. Be sure to wipe the cream off after the recommended period of time as leaving it on longer can lead to irritation – and who wants a red and painful face?
Additionally, if some stubble remains after treatment, it’s recommended to wait 48 hours before reapplying the depilatory cream for a second go.
It’s also important to use the facial depilatory cream, as the leg and underarm creams may be too strong for your facial skin. And for best results, make sure your hair is between stubble length and one-quarter inch before using this method.
When looking into any of these options to remove unwanted facial hair at home, it’s important always to follow the label’s instructions as improper methods may lead to more harm than help in the future. That said, these are the most effective DIY options for peach fuzz removal, and I’m sure you’ll fall in love with one of these methods, so good luck on your skincare journey!