The 14 Best Facial Hair Removal Products of 2023, According to Dermatologists

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For the record: Facial hair on women is very common, completely natural, and can be triggered by certain medications or hormonal changes — and you shouldn't feel like you need to do anything about it. But if seeing a stray strand has you raring to tweeze, this hair removal guide is here to help.

Sure, you could choose to see a skin-care professional for electrolysis or laser treatments, but a much more affordable and less time-consuming option is to use at-home hair removal products. But with so many hair removal creams, waxes, and tools available, how do you find the best one for your skin? "The key is to select a well-known brand, and to proceed with caution," says Jeffrey Fromowitz, M.D., a dermatologist based in Boca Raton, Florida. Think: always doing a patch test before using a product on large areas of skin, or consulting with your derm to make sure your skin-care routine won't have a negative interaction with any hair removal products.

And sometimes it pays to employ multiple hair-removing techniques to get the best results. "I recommend using a few different methods to slow down or eradicate hair growth because everyone's hair grows differently based on their body type," says Lora Condon, a licensed esthetician based in East Westfield, New Jersey. "Some people will respond better to laser, some to hair retarding creams, some to depilatory creams. Using all three can have much better and longer-lasting hair-free results."

Our choice for best overall hair removal product is Finishing Touch Flawless Women's Hair Remover, because it's quick and painless for all skin types or areas of hair to remove. Here are the best facial hair removal products.

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Best Overall: Finishing Touch Flawless Women's Hair Remover

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Why We Like It: It's virtually painless.

It's Worth Noting: This device doesn't remove hair at the root, so it doesn't prevent hair from growing back.

Shaped like a luxury lipstick, the Finishing Touch hair remover is a discreet, battery-powered device that's super effective at removing peach fuzz and fine hairs. Not only does it get rid of hair, but it also reveals smooth skin underneath, making makeup application a breeze. Just roll the hypoallergenic head of the device around your face in small, circulation motions, and voila: facial fuzz and stubble is a thing of the past. It's that simple!

It's not only a wildly popular Amazon find — it's backed by derms. Board-certified dermatologist Nava Greenfield, M.D., of Schweiger Dermatology Group in NYC, recommends the device for all skin types. "It's a hypoallergenic device and removes even very fine hairs on the face," she says. While it won't pull the hair out from the root, she says that it gets a very close buzz without being irritating or painful, making it an especially great choice for those with sensitive skin, as well as those who experience irritation from waxing, epilation, or tweezing.

Price at time of publish: $20

  • Size: Pocket
  • Method: Battery-operated device

Best Splurge: Dermaflash Luxe+ Facial Exfoliation and Peach Fuzz Removal

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Why We Like It: The wider head vibrates to make peach fuzz stand on end for easier removal.

It's Worth Noting: It only comes with five single-use blades and a re-stock starts at $29.

Designed with a wide head and 14,000 sonic vibrations per minute, this luxury dermaplaning tool is as good as it gets. "This device helps to exfoliate and eliminate dead skin cells in addition to helping with hair removal, including peach fuzz, to leave the facial skin looking and feeling brighter and smoother," says Marisa Garshick, M.D., board-certified dermatologist. "By eliminating the dead skin cells and facial hair, it helps skincare penetrate better and makes makeup application easier." Which is why the Dermaflash Luxe+ is a mainstay in so many celebrity makeup artist's kits ahead of awards shows and other industry events. It's the ultimate secret for flawless-looking makeup.

Logistically, the Dermaflash Luxe+ includes the handheld device, a prep treatment (though, at just .33 oz, it runs out fast), and four single-use blade replacements. One thing to note is that ridding the device of one blade and inserting another can be a learning process (so make sure you thoroughly read the instructions). If loaded incorrectly, the blade will snap off the palette before being secure in the device, which breaks the locking tip and makes it ineffective. Long story short, take your time with it to prevent wasting blades.

Price at time of publish: $199

  • Size: Handheld
  • Method: Dermaplaning Tool

Best Cream: Nair Hair Remover Moisturizing Face Cream

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Why We Like It: It's gentle and effective, and it's one of the more affordable facial hair removal options.

It's Worth Noting: It can cause irritation when used in conjunction with retinoids

Sometimes, classic beauty brands are a go-to for a simple reason: They just plain work. "Nair is still the tried and true depilatory cream," says Condon. "This product will soften the hair to either remove it at the surface or soften it enough to remove it from the root."

For best results, she says that it's extremely important to follow the directions, otherwise you could potentially burn or irritate your skin. "You can test it on parts of the body that don't show just in case there's a reaction," suggests Condon. "Most prefer behind the ear, the back of the neck, thigh, or even the inside of the wrist." (Stop using it immediately if you develop itching, raw or burned skin, or red bumps.)

Condon isn't the only skincare expert who's a fan of this facial hair remover, though. Dr. Garshick is, too. "This nourishing facial hair remover can be applied to the face, including the upper lip, chin, and cheeks to help remove hairs, including those that are fine to coarse." And since it's made with sweet almond oil, she says that it's less likely to cause irritation than some other hair removal options.

That said, Condon recommends avoiding this product if you take prescription acne medications, including Retin-A, because the combo could make your skin hyper-sensitive and potentially lead to irritation.

Price at time of publish: $4

  • Size: 2 oz.
  • Method: Cream

Best for Thick Hair: Surgi-Cream Hair Remover for Face

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Why We Like It: It dissolves facial hair in as little as five minutes.

It's Worth Noting: This product has a fresh scent that may be off-putting to some.

If the hair on your face is thick and coarse, your best bet is a cream that's specially formulated for that texture. "As we age, hair tends to get thicker and darker," explains Dr. Fromowitz. He recommends this Surgi-Cream for those with darker, coarser facial hair.

Simply apply a thick, even layer to your face (test first!), wait approximately four minutes, remove with the included gliding tool, and enjoy hair-free skin. Many of the products' die-hard fans say that it's effective on even the most stubborn, hard-to-get-rid-of hair and also works well on sensitive skin (just be sure not to leave it on for too long, as that's when irritation becomes more likely).

What's more, this facial hair remover, which is infused with calming aloe vera, comes with a follow-up soothing cream formulated with anti-inflammatory papaya extract, as well as nourishing olive leaf extract.

Price at time of publish: $22

  • Size: 1 oz. each
  • Method: Cream

Best Epilator: Braun Silk épil 9 Epilator

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Why We Like It: It's very user-friendly and helps ensure safe, pain-free hair removal.

It's Worth Noting: Even with how advanced it is, it can cause stinging.

"The Braun Silk-épil is great in that it can be used wet or dry — it's completely waterproof," says Hadley King, M.D., board-certified dermatologist. What's more, it's designed to vibrate to help decrease and distract from any discomfort (much like lasers use cool blasts of air to do the same thing). "The wider head removes more hair with each stroke, and it pivots to more easily accommodate body curves," she adds. "The newer models also have a smart sensor that helps to guide how much pressure to apply."

For those that don't know, epilators are electrical devices that remove hair by the root in a similar fashion to waxing, says Dr. Fromowitz — and, luckily, they're more technologically advanced than they were a decade ago. "As long as you follow their instructions, they're safe for home use," he adds.

While the process does sting a bit — which can be expected from pretty much any facial hair removal technique, sans shaving — this epilator doesn't rip up the top layer of skin like waxing. Plus, it can be used on much shorter strands of hair (just half a millimeter) than wax.

Price at time of publish: $80

  • Size: Handheld
  • Method: Epilator

Best Portable Device: Bellabe Facial Hair Remover for Women

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Why We Like It: It plucks more hairs at a faster rate than tweezers.

It's Worth Noting: While gentle, it can still sting upon plucking.

This springy, palm-sized facial hair 'plucker' is easy to bend and twist, providing a sturdier grip on tiny hairs — resulting in quicker and easier plucking — than a basic pair of tweezers. The coil-like material is made of hypoallergenic carbon steel, which won't pinch the skin as easily as tweezers often do. As such, this handheld device is the best option if you prefer manual tools that don't require any batteries or charging time.

Here's how it works: You hold one end of the "spring" in each hand and bend it, then gently roll it on your face. The spring pulls stray hairs from their roots as you slide the device along your cheeks, chin, jawline, and upper lip. Many reviewers swear that it's pretty painless (but remember, everyone's skin sensitivity is different).

After plucking your facial hair, it's important to rinse off the device or even wipe it down with an alcohol wipe to keep it from harboring bacteria before your next use.

Price at time of publish: $18

  • Size: Handheld
  • Method: Plucking Device

Best for Sensitive Skin: Funstant Eyebrow Trimmer

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Why We Like It: The row of stainless steel blades makes trimming facial hair and eyebrows simple and safe.

It's Worth Noting: To prevent potential infections, it's important to wipe down the blades after each use.

This trimmer is beloved for its double-blade head, which both holds hair and trims it simultaneously. This prevents painful tugging or yanking to keep the process running smoothly — which is particularly beneficial for sensitive skin. Plus, it comes with a blade guard that allows you to customize the length of a trim.

It's because of all these benefits that DiAnne Davis, M.D., board-certified dermatologist, is such a big fan of this type of small handheld facial and eyebrow trimmer. "With stainless steel blades in one row, it easily trims facial hair like an electric razor," she says. "I feel like these are the most gentle on the skin and they're operator-friendly without causing any pain, irritation, cuts, scrapes, or infection."

While this particular tool is among the more gentle on the market, removing facial hair isn't a painless activity — sometimes it stings or leads to irritated skin after. Thankfully, opting for a trimmer is an easy way to reduce your risk of harming sensitive skin. It doesn't expose skin to harsh chemicals, like creams, nor does it remove hair from the root, which can lead to ingrowns during the regrowth stage. Instead, the trimmer chops hair at the base to leave skin silky smooth without the threat of irritation.

Price at time of publish: $16

  • Size: Handheld
  • Method: Battery-operated Trimmer

Best Wax Strips: Nad's Hypoallergenic Facial Wax Strips

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Why We Like It: They don't require any prep work — just apply the strips and peel them off to reveal silky smooth skin.

It's Worth Noting: Pressure is paramount in applying these. If you skip the few seconds of pressure, they don't remove hair as well.

If waxing is your preferred method of hair removal, opt for these waxing strips from Nad's (a trusted skin-care brand that's been around since the early '90s) that don't require any prep work.

Rather than the hassle of heating the wax with a machine, you use your own hands to warm up the soft, flexible strips, and then apply them anywhere on your face — upper lip, between your brows, chin, cheeks, etc. Once in place, you put pressure on the area for a few seconds and then rip off. Presto! Hair vanishes for up to four weeks after a single use.

Just remember: Waxing facial skin should be performed with caution. "It can cause irritation, ingrown hairs, and burn, but if you want the hair removed for longer than just a few days at a time, only a few methods will provide that, and waxing is one of them," explains Dr. Greenfield.

Price at time of publish: $12 for 2-pack

  • Size: 12-Count (each)
  • Method: Wax Strips

Best Natural Wax: Moom Organic Hair Removal with Tea Tree Oil

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Why We Like It: It's all-natural, so you don't have to worry about any harsh, irritating chemical ingredients.

It's Worth Noting: The wax hardens quickly, so you have to apply it with care.

This wax uses an all-natural, honey-like formula made of cane sugar extract, lemon juice, tea tree oil, and chamomile tea. What's more, while this wax is certainly gentle enough to be used on the face, it can also be used all over your body, so you really get the most bang for your buck.

To use, heat up in the microwave or on the stovetop, then apply to the skin. Next, place a waxing strip (bought separately) on top and pull it in the same direction as the hair growth for top-notch efficacy.

When it comes to safely waxing at home, Dr. Fromowitz stresses that "the key is to follow the directions carefully." Namely, be very careful about temperature to avoid burns, he says.

On the bright side, this is considered a sugar wax, which is generally thought to be gentler than traditional wax.

Price at time of publish: $21

  • Size: 12 oz.
  • Method: Sugar Wax

Best Tweezers: Tweezer Guru Precision Slant Eyebrow Tweezers

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Why We Like It: They're very precise — and they're sold in eight colors.

It's Worth Noting: Tweezers are sharper than they appear — be careful not to grab skin along with the hairs.

If precision is your aim or you just need to pluck a few hairs, then you can't go wrong with a good pair of tweezers — and these are exactly that. These customer-favorite tweezers feature a strong, wide grip for easy grasping, along with sharp angled tips for seamless removal.

Speaking of the tips, they're made of hypoallergenic stainless steel that fares well when wiped down with alcohol, which is advised to prevent the transfer of any bacteria. While these tweezers are already a bargain, they also come with the option to buy them in 2-packs, so you can keep a pair in your medicine cabinet and one in your purse. With these tweezers in tow, never again will a stray chin hair haunt you.

Pro tip: When tweezing, as with waxing, it's best to pluck in the direction of hair growth to prevent causing any ingrown hairs.

Price at time of publish: $8

  • Size: Handheld
  • Method: Tweezers

Best Hard Wax: Tress Wellness Home Waxing Kit

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Why We Like It: It comes with various different scents of wax, all of which are easy to apply.

It's Worth Noting: This is a pro-level set-up that may be more advanced for beginner hair removers.

Scroll through TikTok long enough, and you'll eventually stumble upon a video of someone mixing up these little wax pellets (talk about oddly satisfying). But they're not just eye candy — they also melt into a warm wax that can safely be used on the face and body to pull hair out from the root.

What really sets this hard wax kit apart is just how much it includes. It comes with bags of eucalyptus, lemon, peppermint, lavender, and tea tree wax melts (each of which are 3.5 ounces). Additionally, shoppers get the wax warmer, face and body application sticks, and pre- and post-wax spray to make the process as soothing as possible. And let us not forget about the instruction manual. With this all-encompassing kit, you'll be an at-home waxing pro in no time.

Price at time of publish: $50

  • Size: 1.15 lbs.
  • Method: Wax

Best Wax Pen: Nad's Eyebrow Shaper Wax Kit

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Why We Like It: It offers extremely precise application.

It's Worth Noting: The kit doesn't come with a ton of wax, so it's not a long-term solution.

If you like the convenience of wax strips but wish they offered just a little more precision (especially if you're using them on your eyebrows), this wax pen is the ultimate solution. It comes pre-filled with soft wax, which squeezes out of the brush tip for precise application.

For best results, start by swabbing the area you're planning to wax with one of the four pre-wax cleansing wipes. After, apply the no-heat-necessary gel to unwanted hair, place one of the 10 included reusable cotton strips over the wax, and pull. Easy enough, right?

Now, a note on the strips. Although they're reusable, they should only be re-applied if they've been thoroughly cleaned. Otherwise, there's the rise of introducing bacteria into open follicles, which can lead to infections. And, while on the topic, although the strips are reusable, the wand is not — once it's empty, it's done. As such, given the price, your best bet may be to simply buy another kit when the time comes.

Price at time of publish: $9

  • Size: 0.2 oz.
  • Method: Wax

Best Dermaplaning Tool: Schick Hydro Silk Dermaplaning Tool

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Why We Like It: It's angled to safely work with the contour of the face.

It's Worth Noting: Each blade should only be used once for sanitary purposes, so depending on how often you plan to use them, the cost can add up.

Concerned about peach fuzz? Consider exfoliating your skin and removing unwanted hair in one go with the help of a handy dermaplaning tool, such as this ultra-popular one from Schick. Dermaplaning is a technique that involves using a sharp blade to remove fine, small hairs — basically shaving in a sense, Rachel Nazarian, M.D., a New York-based dermatologist and fellow at the American Academy of Dermatology, previously told Shape.

Schick's easy-to-use dermaplaning tool is a top purchase for Amazon shoppers — which is partly due to its ergonomic design. "If you're going to use a razor on your face, I like one that contours to the shape of your face which makes it less likely to cause bleeding and infection," says Dr. Greenfield, noting that the Sephora Collection dermaplaning tool is another top choice. Just be sure to use a new dermaplaning blade each time for safety ("to avoid bacterial buildup," Dr. Greenfield says) and efficiency — but that shouldn't be an issue, since you can get this pack of three for just $5 at Amazon.

Price at time of publish: $6

  • Size: Handheld
  • Method: Dermaplaning Tool

Best for Beginners: Finishing Touch Flawless Dermaplane

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Why We Like It: It has a built-in light so you can easily see what you're doing.

It's Worth Noting: The blades aren't as sharp as other dermaplaning devices.

Whether you're traveling, headed to a work event, or are simply craving a smaller dermaplaning device that packs a vibrating punch without a high price tag, the Finishing Touch Flawless Dermaplane Glo Lighted Facial Exfoliator is worth checking out. It's one of Amazon's best-selling microdermabrasion devices, and it has a built-in light that makes it easier for you to see exactly what you're doing, much like the devices you'd find in a professional setting.

Another highlight of this product? It has an angled head and a safety guard, so it will help you not only remove unwanted hair but protect your skin in the process, too.

In addition to being a really effective dermaplaning tool, it comes with six replacement heads — all for under $15. As such, each DIY treatment costs about $2.30, as opposed to the hundreds you would spend on a single session in a pro's office.

Price at time of publish: $14

  • Size: Handheld
  • Method: Dermaplaning Tool

How We Selected

With so many facial hair removal options on the market, the team searched high and low for the most effective, least-damaging products and devices available. To ensure this round-up included the very best facial hair removal products the industry has to offer, we chatted with a handful of dermatologists and one aesthetician for their top picks, as well as professional tips for making the most out of at-home hair removal. With their help, this list of the 14 best facial hair removal products was created.

What to Know About Facial Hair Removal Products

When deciding which facial hair removal method is best for you, take these factors into consideration.

Skin Type

Facial hair removal can be tricky. In fact, the very products used to remove facial hair can be pretty damaging. That's why it's so important to only use highly-rated, dermatologist-backed products and devices for hair removal.

If your skin is sensitive or prone to breakouts and ingrown hairs, you may want to opt for a removal method that takes hair from the surface rather than the root. You're less likely to experience irritation from a trimmer than a wax, for example.

Side Effects

Even when you do go with expert-recommended picks, though, it's important to know that side effects are possible. "Depending on the type of device, there may be a potential for scarring or hyperpigmentation as a result of irritation," says Dr. Garshick.

The same goes for waxes and creams. "When applied incorrectly, these products can lead to superficial skin infections, cuts, scrapes, burns, and discoloration," warns Dr. Davis. Suffice to say, facial hair removal products need to be used with the utmost care. If you're unsure of which device is best for you, consult a dermatologist for their expert opinion.


How to remove facial hair when using retinol?

Retinol makes skin more sensitive to sunlight, yes, but also increases the skin's sensitivity in general. As such, Dr. Greenfield says not to use wax or any harsh chemical or product on the skin while using retinoids. That said, if you want to remove hair from your face, she says you can do so after pausing retinol use for at least one week prior. "Shaving with a razor or tweezing is generally safe to perform while using a retinol product," she adds.

Which hair removal method lasts the longest?

If your goal is to rid your face of hair for as long as possible, Dr. Greenfield says that you'll want to opt for methods that remove the hair from the follicle, such as waxing, tweezing, or using an epilator. "Once removed, the hair shaft will take several weeks to regrow and push through the skin," she says.

While those at-home and in-salon methods tend to be most popular, Dr. Davis says that in-office laser hair removal is the most effective treatment for long-term smoothness. "With each treatment, the hairs become finer and thinner and the hair follicle also decreases in its size," she says. "A lot of the treatments that are designed for over-the-counter hair removal simply remove the hair from the surface of the skin. But with laser hair removal you are shrinking the hair follicle and reducing the amount of hair that grows which can last a long time."

Still, if you find your facial hair is growing back rapidly, or if you simply don't know which hair removal option is best for you, speaking with a dermatologist can help. "It is important to speak with a board certified dermatologist about other treatment options, including a prescription cream Vaniqa which can slow down hair regrowth, as well as to evaluate any medical conditions that may be associated with increased hair growth," says Dr. Garshick.

What are the side effects of facial hair removal?

According to Dr. Greenfield, the most common side effects of removing facial hair include contact rashes with cream hair removers and folliculitis with any hair removal product that can introduce bacteria into the hair follicles (such as unsanitized or re-used dermaplaning devices). Additionally, depending on how sensitive you are to pain, facial hair removal can hurt or sting. Lastly, there's always the possibility of ingrown hairs, though in terms of facial hair removal, those tend to be most common on the neck.

While on the topic of side effects, Dr. King assures us that it's a myth that shaving and/or dermaplaning will cause the hair to grow back darker and thicker. "The characteristics of the hair are determined by the cells at the base of the hair follicle, and you are not changing their genetic programming by shaving," she explains. "I think people believe it because of their experience feeling stubble after shaving — which is because of the cut edge of the hair." So, if you want to rid your face of baby fuzz, do so without fear.

Why Trust Shape

Rebecca Norris is a freelance writer with over eight years of experience in beauty. She's well-versed in all the latest and greatest product launches, as well as the most alluring beauty trends and compelling ingredients on the market. For this story, she scoured the internet for top-rated products and read reviews. She then spoke with five dermatologists and one aesthetician about everything there is to know about facial hair removal products, including how to use them safely for the most effective and longest-lasting results.

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