Most men choose to shave regularly but even if they forget or choose to postpone the operation, nobody bats an eye. When it comes to women though, facial hair is embarrassing and the more you have, the bigger the problem and the more out of reach the solution. Plugging it is painful and takes long enough to think it over and over, while waxing doesn’t work if you have sensitive skin. In fact, waxing can create an entire different problem that will in turn require another complex and procedure, so it defeats the purpose.
Abnormal facial hair development, even so, is referred to as Hirsutism. It can be triggered by increased stages of testosterone and other androgens. Usually Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is the major cause of Hirsutism. Hirsutism can also be hereditary. Sometimes use of certain medicines can also cause facial hair to grow.
Doing nothing is not an option and shaving is a big no-no too, as it will only cause facial hair to grow faster and thicker. Being a natural phenomenon, doesn’t mean that we should take it as a fact of life, instead focus on the causes and try to make amends. An irregular menstrual cycle is going to amplify the problem, but before jumping to conclusions remember that there are many drugs that have undesired side-effect and some of them make the facial hair problem worse. Hormonal imbalances, both chronic and caused by a pregnancy are also responsible for excess facial hair.
While shaving, waxing and bleaching are some of the temporary solutions to get rid of unwanted hair, there are some natural remedies – which may not offer permanent solutions – but help reduce hair growth.
1 Use Spearmint Tea
Unwanted hair usually appears because of excess production of androgens. You can use spearmint tea to regulate the levels of these hormones. Take one cup water and bring it to a boil, add 1 tsp dried spearmint or 5-6 leaves of fresh spearmint and remove from heat. Keep it covered for 5 minutes then strain and consume. Or you can just buy spearmint tea available in the market. A daily cup of this tea is good to treat your problem of unwanted hair.
2Basil Onion Paste
You need 9 to 12 fresh basil leaves and the thin transparent membrane found in the onions. Take membranes of two onions and make a paste by crushing these with basil leaves. Apply this paste on the areas with excess hair. Using this paste for a month will bring beneficial result and you might end up getting rid of your unwanted hair forever.
3 Thanaka Powder & Safflower
You will need thanaka powder and safflower oil. Now you must be wondering what is thanaka powder? It is a yellowish-white colored powder made from the bark of thanaka tree and is commonly used in Burma as a cosmetic. Make a paste of thanaka powder and safflower oil, the consistency should match with a hair removal cream. Apply it to the areas where you have unwanted hair and let your skin absorb the paste. Keep it on for the night and rinse off in the morning with water. 3 months of regular use will help you get rid of your problem permanently.
4 Yogurt, Gram Flour & Turmeric
Take 2 tablespoon yogurt, 2 tablespoon gram flour and ½ teaspoon turmeric powder. Make a paste of all these ingredients and apply it to your facial hair. Let it dry and gently rub it off. Frequent use of this mixture for a few months will remove facial hair permanently.
5Turmeric & Indian Nettle Paste
Take dry powdered turmeric, Acalphya Indica leaves (also known as Indian Acalphya or Indian Nettle) and neem leaves (also known as Azadirachta indica), and make a paste. Apply this paste to the areas with hair and let it dry, then peel off.
6 Papaya Turmeric Paste
A paste of raw papaya and ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder is very effective for removing unwanted hair permanently. Just massage your face with this paste for 15 minutes and rinse off. Use it once or twice a week to get best results.
7 Honey & Lemon Juice
Mix 4 tablespoon honey and 2 teaspoon lemon juice and apply this mixture in the direction of the hair. Wash off after 15 minutes and use this mixture two times a week if you are looking for good benefits.
8 Egg Sugar & Cornflour Paste
Take an egg white, add 1 teaspoon sugar and 1 teaspoon cornflour and make a paste with these ingredients. Apply the mixture on the area with unwanted hair, peel off when the mixture gets dry. You can apply this mixture twice a week for best results.
You can easily get the above mentioned ingredients from any local herbal or Ayurvedic Stores.