The Best Facial Hair Removal Products of 2024, According to Experts

We spoke to dermatologists and beauty pros to find your new favorite hair removal option(s).

Woman shaving her face.
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What do Marilyn Monroe, Cleopatra, and Elizabeth Taylor all have in common? Besides being intergenerational beauty icons, they were big on facial hair removal. According to The Skinny Confidential founder Lauryn Bosstick, all three women were fans of picking up a facial razor and going to town on their peach fuzz.

The hairy truth: a rogue strand on your forehead or chin may come as a surprise, but it's just a part of being human. However! That doesn't mean you can't get rid of it if you so choose. "Many people experience unwanted hair on the face and it’s natural to want to remove it for cosmetic or personal reasons," shares Dr. Dendy Engelman, a board-certified dermatologist. In fact, the market for facial hair removal is so vast that you don't even have to leave your house (or step away from your bathroom mirror, if you've been spending a lot of one-on-one time with that aforementioned hair) to tackle it.

Depending on your comfort level and interests—and whether you're looking to make a long-term investment in hair removal or hope for a quick at-home fix—there are a multitude of facial hair removal options out there for you: think facial razors, tweezers, wax strips, creams, handheld devices, and even laser hair removal appointments. Ahead, an impressive array of experts break down all the info you want on facial hair removal—plus the best products on the market.

What to Look For With Facial Hair Removal

Type: Once you've decided to remove your facial hair, you'll quickly discover how many directions you can go.

"You can remove facial hair by tweezing, waxing, threading, shaving, lasering, and using creams," shares Dr. Jody Levine, MD, FAAD, FAAP, Director of Dermatology at Plastic Surgery & Dermatology of NYC. These options all fall into three main categories: physical hair removal such as waxing, shaving, or tweezing, chemical removal like a hair removal cream, or electric removal like a laser or IPL device.

Permanence: Not all facial hair removal options are created equally; some can help the hair go away for good, while others offer only a temporary fix. "Hair may grow back quicker with some methods (such as shaving) because the hair is removed superficially, while laser targets the root of the hair follicle, leading to longer-lasting results," shares Dr. Levine.

Price: Dr. Engelman notes that at-home facial hair removal devices are convenient because they eliminate the expense of a salon trip. Still, the lastingness might suffer.

"At-home options typically offer temporary solutions versus long-term results. Devices that are designed for at-home use are usually under-powered and require hours of use to get minimal results," shares Loretta Nguyen Zanetti, APRN.

The Best Facial Hair Removal Options

Facial Razors and Tweezers

Although shaving or plucking via razor or tweezer is usually the entry point for facial hair removal, it's not without risks—Dr. Engelman says that a bad tweeze job, like a bad wax job, can compromise the epidermis and weaken the skin barrier.

Still, there's nothing wrong with picking up a tweezer to snag a few quick eyebrow hairs or a random chin hair once in a while. Face razors, meanwhile, are a great at-home choice for removing vellus hair, aka peach fuzz, around your face.

"Women should know that if you shave your face, your hair will not grow back thicker and darker. This is such a myth," says Bosstick, adding that a nice face shave helps you gently exfoliate, get rid of peach fuzz, and leave your skin smooth and ready for makeup. "Also, it’ll help all your skincare absorb into your skin better. Most people shave every one to two weeks and it just takes a few minutes."

Wax Strips

Unlike a shave, waxing removes hair from the root, resulting in a non-permanent, but at-least-a-little-longer-lasting period of hairlessness. While you can absolutely go to your local salon to get your face waxed (professionals are usually the ideal option!), small at-home facial wax strips are also here for you to remove facial hair with one (semi-painful, but you're strong) tug.

Just remember Dr. Engelman's warning: waxing can hurt your skin barrier. Make sure you're following directions and buying quality products.

Hair Removal Creams

I remember the first time I heard about Nair when I was little; I thought it was magic. While I now understand the science behind hair removal creams (also known as depilatory creams, their chemicals break down disulfide bonds in the hair's keratin proteins) it's still a little wild to me—all you have to do is apply smoothly, leave on for a few minutes, and wipe away with warm water.

Specially created for the face, the following creams are meant to cause less irritation and feature a fainter scent than their leggy predecessors.

Handheld Devices and Trimmers

Handheld facial hair removal devices were ultimately made for ease of use, taking tips from the salon (see the dermaplaning appointment-replacing Dermaflash) or ready for on-the-go removal (you never know when that rogue hair will pop up again). While the general concept is the same as some of the options above, the techy twist often can't be ignored.

IPL Devices

IPL devices work by using flashes of light (you can count on using more than 300 flashes for facial hair removal) to detect and remove pigment from the skin. The big issue with these tools? They have a hard time detecting light hair—red, blonde, and gray included. They also aren't always suitable for dark or deep skin tones.

Laser Hair Removal

Sciton BAREit

A Sciton BAREit laser hair removal session in the works.

(Image credit: BAREit)

Laser hair removal has long been regarded as the best form of facial hair removal if you're looking for long-lasting results. And no, it's not the same technology as IPL, which many at-home laser hair removal options utilize. Professional laser systems are used under the direction of a healthcare provider and are engineered to deliver more power results.

"Hair grows in cycles and therefore, each session of laser hair removal will target only hairs in the anagen phase of hair growth. This is why it is necessary to do multiple treatments over time" explains Zanetti. In her practice, Zanetti uses a machine called Sciton's BAREit, which uses light energy to target the root of hair deep in the follicle while maintaining an ultra-fast and comfortable treatment. "The melanin from the hair at the root absorbs the heat and it essentially renders the follicle unable to produce more hair," adds the nurse.

Does Facial Hair Removal Hurt?

The short answer is yes—I'm not going to lie to you! But it does depend on the tool you use (tweezing a single hair is a lot easier than ripping off a wax strip) and your pain tolerance.

"Each pulse of the laser feels like a tiny pinch with a bit of heat," notes Zanetti on the topic of laser hair removal. "Most find it very tolerable and in cases of very sensitive areas like the bikini area, a topical anesthetic can be used."

A woman applies shaving cream in a photo from Housewife Magazine, 1956.

A woman applies shaving cream in a photo from Housewife Magazine, 1956. Do you think they published the same sort of article you're reading right now?

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Facial Hair Removal Aftercare

Life isn't always...peachy after peach fuzz removal. Your skin can become dry or irritated, even if you did a lovely job. To protect that fresh layer, apply a calming moisturizer or barrier-supporting ointment.

Whenever Bosstick is done shaving, she's a big fan of a de-puffing oil and her ice roller. "This way, if you experience any mild redness post shave, it will instantly calm it," she says. "Plus, it’s just something that feels so good when your skin is peach-fuzz free and exfoliated."

It's also important to prep for removal the right way. Make sure your skin is cleansed before pulling out your razor and put the chore off if you're sunburnt or irritated in any way.

As for laser session aftercare, Zanetti recommends avoiding any excess heat, such as hot tubs or saunas, for the first 24 hours after your treatment. "Good sun protection is paramount so wearing a hat, sunscreen, or clothing in areas that were treated will help prevent unwanted side effects such as hypopigmentation," she adds. (Good advice for everyone, always.)

When to See a Doctor

As we mentioned before (and will say time and time again!) facial hair is usually completely normal. But at the same time, it's important to pay attention to any abnormal occurrences.

"Facial hair growth in women is usually caused by excess androgens, aka male sex hormone. "It’s natural for women to produce a small amount of androgens, but higher amounts of androgens can cause increased facial hair," shares Dr. Levine. "Some facial hair growth is normal but if it increases drastically within a few months, you may have an underlying medical condition that requires medical treatment beyond hair removal."

If you have any concerns, it's never, ever a bad idea to call your doctor.

Meet The Experts

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Lauryn Bosstick

Lauryn Evarts Bosstick had jaw pain since she was a little girl. She would grind her teeth and Always be attempting to pop her jaw back into place. Finally she made the difficult decision to undergo double jaw surgery. The doctors told her she would be very swollen for weeks.

Little did she know, the swelling effects would last for years. Lauryn dealt with having facial swelling, puffiness & face bloat. After trying everything for facial swelling, she finally discovered a way to combat her puffiness.

In 2015 she searched ‘jaw surgery ice’ on Amazon. Voila! She quickly ordered the ice roller. After using it every single day she found it helped with lymphatic drainage, circulation & curing puffiness...But there were issues with the roller. There was no ice roller on the market that stayed cold longer than 2 minutes so she would have to keep putting it in freezer (annoying), it was not branded and just ugly, the roller squeaked, & it wasn’t sturdy. This is when Lauryn saw a gap in the market- an opportunity to bring a solution to people who were sick of waking up with bloat, puff or wine face after too much chilled rosé. She set out to create a new one, with a very The Skinny Confidential spin. Lauryn went straight to her community & listened to all their beauty concerns & problems. Through working directly with her community, she set out to build the Hot Mess, an ice roller on crack. It’s everything you could ever want for facial swelling: the ice roller’s pink material stays cold for at least 30 minutes, that’s aesthetically pleasing, it’s very much sturdy & will drain the fuck out of the face. Contour! Along with that, she created Ice Queen Face Oil that pairs well with the roller because it cools the face down and it’s filled with antioxidants and vitamins.

Since the launch of the ice roller & oil, Lauryn has developed and launched the Hot Shave Razor & Hot Shave Cream, the first facial shaving cream for women ever created. Paired with the Hot Shavr Razor, a reusable & lightweight facial razor, the Hot Shave duo keeps The Skinny Confidential community peach-fuzz free, gently exfoliated, & creates the smoothest canvas for skincare & makeup.

After a gentle, smooth shave, people turn to the Pink Balls Face Massager which Lauryn created to visibly sculpt, chisel & lift like no other. With two pink, disco-esque balls to really grip the face, the face massager helps with contouring, lymphatic drainage & collagen production. It was designed to give the user an instant facelift & it totally delivers.

Lauryn is set out to redefine the preventative beauty industry with on-the-pulse tools, no fluff effective consumables, & a spitfire incredible community.

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Dr. Dendy Engelman

Dr. Dendy Engelman is a board certified dermatologic surgeon at Shafer Clinic Fifth Avenue. Dr. Engelman attended Wofford College in South Carolina and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and graduated summa cum laude with honors with a double major in psychology and French. She also played on Wofford's varsity volleyball team. Dr. Engelman earned the Presidential Scholar award while a medical student at the Medical University of South Carolina. She was also awarded the Humanism in Medicine Scholarship primarily for establishing and running a free medical care clinic in Charleston and in Haiti where she continues to serve on an annual mission with her family. Following medical school, Dr. Engelman completed her internship in Internal Medicine at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan. In addition to a dermatology residency at the Medical University of South Carolina, Dr. Engelman completed a one-year fellowship in Mohs and dermatologic surgery, lasers, liposuction and vein treatments. She also has extensive training and experience in cosmetic dermatology - including neurotoxins, injectable fillers, and chemical peels. Most recently, Dr. Engelman was appointed Director of Dermatologic Surgery at New York Medical College where she oversees the training of future Mohs surgeons and dermatologists. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society of Dermatologic Surgery and American College of Mohs Surgery.

Dr. Jody A. Levine
Dr. Jody A. Levine

One of America’s top dermatologists, Dr. Jody Alpert Levine is the Director of Dermatology at Plastic Surgery & Dermatology of NYC, a leading medical and aesthetic practice in New York City.

Dr. Levine is an expert in dermatology and dermatologic surgery, specializing in medical and surgical pediatric dermatology, as well as adult cosmetic dermatology and laser surgery. Renowned for her keen diagnostic sense and comprehensive medical expertise, as well as an artistic eye, skilled hands, and wonderful bedside manner, it is no wonder that Dr. Levine is internationally recognized and one of the most respected dermatologists in the country. With an intuitive eye and deft touch, Dr. Levine helps patients achieve the most beautiful and natural-looking results. Her exceptional talent with lasers, BOTOX®, cosmetic injectables, surgery, liposuction, hair transplant, and cosmeceuticals has created a wait-list of patients from around the world who trust only her handiwork.

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Loretta Zanetti

Loretta Nguyen Zanetti was born the youngest of ten children shortly after her parents immigrated to the United States following the Vietnam War.

She joined the US Army as a surgical technician. She graduated from Columbus State University in Georgia with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, followed by Western University of Health Sciences in California with a Master’s of Science in Nursing.

Loretta has served in the Army for over 15 years as a military officer and currently holds Lieutenant Colonel’s rank.

Building on her experience and leveraging her skills as an advanced registered nurse practitioner and certified laser specialist, Loretta is proud to help her clients achieve their aesthetic goals.

To date, she has performed thousands of laser tattoo removals and aesthetic procedures.

She travels across the country as a trainer and speaker on various aesthetic topics.

Freelance Writer

Sophia Vilensky is a freelance beauty writer at Marie Claire, where she writes about the latest and greatest skincare launches, hair colors, and Cardi B manicures. Her work can also be found at Byrdie, Bravo, and Us Weekly. You can find her on Instagram @sophiavilensky.