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2 Best Facial Epilators & Tips for Pain-Free Face Hair Removal (2016)

Updated on August 17, 2016

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Epilator for Face: A Great Way to Remove Facial Hair

Don't let this thing scare you. Looks like a monster, but can be your best friend for unwanted facial hair!
Don't let this thing scare you. Looks like a monster, but can be your best friend for unwanted facial hair!

This is a little embarrassing, but I recently realized that I needed an electric shaver to remove the hair on my you-know-what (starts with "f" ends with "e"). I started shaving and then switched to tweezing, because the hair grew back so much more slowly, my face was smoother, and there was no stubble. Unfortunately, using tweezers on my face took forever.

I have hair on a lot of my chin, which is common for people like me who have insulin resistance. The hair is all black as coal and coarse. Shaving it left a shadowy look on my chin, but tweezing was super time-consuming.

Luckily, I came across a device called an epilator and it has saved me a LOT of time. If you'd like to know how an epilator works, look no further. Keep reading!

What is an Epilator and How Does It Work?

An epilator is a small hand-held machine that holds a bunch of tweezers (some epilators have 70+ tweezers). It removes the hair by grasping them all at the same time and then pulling them out. Sounds like a horror movie, I know, but really it's a fun process (for me anyway) and not as bad as it sounds.

The epilator has a rotating head with tiny half-discs. As the head moves in a circle, the discs come together and apart to work like tweezers. They grab the hair as they close in, and pull it out as they rotate. This whole process happens very quickly.

Epilating basically works like really fast tweezing or waxing. Depending on how fine your hair is, some hair that is tweezed may get cut off instead of tweezed out. However, if you already use tweezers, you can most likely benefit from using an epilator.

FYI: Epilators can be pretty loud. I have two epilators and they both sound like little engines. But don't worry. Using one for the first time can be intimidating, but you will quickly get used to it.

Exfoliate! Get a luffa and exfoliate both before and after using an epilator. This step will make epilating easier and prevent ingrown hairs.

Tips for Using an Epilator on Your Face

  • EXFOLIATE! Get a luffa and exfoliate both before and after using an epilator. This step will make epilating easier and prevent ingrown hairs.
  • Do not apply lotion or oil before epilating. Clean and dry skin is what you need.
  • Some epilators are water-proof, but most are not. Make sure you read the manual. The two epilators I recommend later, for example, are not water-proof.
  • Make sure to hold the epilator perpendicular to your body, not parallel. Make sure the skin is pulled tight.
  • Take a pain medication such as Advil or Tylenol about 30 minutes before you start. This will help with the pain that can come with epilating. The more you epilate, the less you will need to take pain medication.
  • Don't rush. You have to take your time with epilating.

Frequently Asked Questions About Epilators

  1. How do I deal with ingrown hairs? I've been facial epilating for about seven years now, and I still occasionally get ingrown hairs. The best two things you can do to prevent ingrown hairs are 1) exfoliate and 2) use an ingrown hair serum. If you're not exfoliating, start now. That said, sometimes exfoliating just isn't enough. We weren't really meant to shave or tweeze our bodies in the first place.

    I use a product called Tend Skin, which helps get rid of ingrown hairs, razor bumps, and razor burns. Tend Skin can be a little rough for those with sensitive skin.

    I'd also recommend visitng your local wax center or salon and asking for a recommendation on a good product for ingrown hairs. I also really, really love to use European Wax Center's Ingrown Hair Serum. It's great for those with sensitive skin.

    You can also use an ingrown hair extraction tool.
  2. Can I use an epilator on my face? Yes! The epilators I recommend near the bottom of this article are what I use and recommend for others looking to use a facial epilator.
  3. Can I use an epilator on my underarms? Yes! One common question women have is whether using an epilator will prevent the discoloration or darkness that some people get on their underarms. It won't. It won't darken the skin, but it won't lighten it either.
  4. How do I clean my epilator? Use alcohol (or an alcohol-based cleaner) to clean the "blades". This is very important. You could get an infection or bumps on your skin from not properly cleaning your epilator. Do not just use water.
  5. Should my hair be short or long? Does it matter? Yes! A good length for epilating and waxing is one centimeter. Don't let the hair get too long--the longer the hair, the higher the chance the hair will break off or not be pulled out completely. Let broken hairs grow out before attempting another tweeze.
  6. What about baby/talcum powder? Some people use powder to absorb moisture on their skin before epilating. It helps, to be honest, but according to some sources, talc can be dangerous for your health (in fact, I've come across some baby-related websites that tell you not to use the stuff). Look for a baby powder that doesn't contain talc, such as brands with rice powder or corn starch as the first ingredient. As an example, Burt's Bees has a baby powder that is talc-free.
  7. Can I use an epilator on my bikini area? Yes, just be careful!

Choosing an Epilator

If you're buying your first epilator, I would recommend a model that is small and affordable. Epilating is not for everyone, so start with an epilator intended for use on just one specific part of your body. Beauty stores carry facial epilators that cost anywhere from $10 to $100 dollars. You can get good facial epilators for as little as $9 at some stores, including Amazon.

My three favorite epilators are the Emjoi Epi Slim Hair Removal Epilator, along with the Emjoi Tweeze eRase which is best for those who are just getting started with epilating or for travel.

Emjoi Tweeze eRase for Facial Hair

The Emjoi Tweeze is my current new favorite. It's affordable and compact, great for travel or need to go over small areas on the face, such as the lip and chin or bikini line.

This is a great starter epilator for those totally new to epilating. Give it a try!

Emjoi Tweeze eRase for Facial Hair

Emjoi Tweeze eRase e6 - Facial Hair Remover - Epilator
Emjoi Tweeze eRase e6 - Facial Hair Remover - Epilator

The Emjoi Tweeze is my current new favorite. It's affordable and compact, great for travel or need to go over small areas on the face, such as the lip and chin or bikini line.

This is a great starter epilator for those totally new to epilating. Give it a try!


Emjoi Epilator: More blades than the Tweeze eRase

Emjoi AP-9L Epi Slim Cosmetic Hair Remover
Emjoi AP-9L Epi Slim Cosmetic Hair Remover

The Emjoi Epi Slim Hair Removal Epilator (pictured to the left) is one of the most affordable epilators you can buy. This epilator is great for people who are just learning how to epilate. Its compact size makes it great for travel or small areas, such as chins, upper lips, underarms, or bikini lines. You can also use it on legs, although a bigger epilator would take less time.


Philips HP6401 Satinelle Epilator: Good for the rest of the body

Philips HP6401 Satinelle Epilator, White/Gray
Philips HP6401 Satinelle Epilator, White/Gray

One of the better epilators out there for full body. You won't be using this on your face, but you can use it on your neck and chin.

It is more expensive, but you won't be disappointed. The head is bigger, with more tweezers, and also comes with shaving attachments, a bag, and a head cleaner. It has two settings (low and high) and also comes with a light. What I particularly love about this one is the removable head--it makes cleaning the epilator blades much, much easier, which is important for hygienic hair removal and optimal pulling. Oil from your face will stay on the blades otherwise.


Care for Ingrown Hairs

Tend Skin The Skin Care Solution For Unsightly Razor Bumps, Ingrown Hair And Razor Burns, 8-Ounce Bottle
Tend Skin The Skin Care Solution For Unsightly Razor Bumps, Ingrown Hair And Razor Burns, 8-Ounce Bottle

I use a product called Tend Skin everywhere that I shave, tweeze, or epilate—including my face. Tend gets rid of ingrown hairs, razor bumps, and razor burns. It may or may not sting a bit, depending on how sensitive your skin is, but it is very effective. I use this on my boyfriend's face too (he's a terrible shaver).


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    • Ronaldo 7 years ago

      Really epilation is great fun!!

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      Rachel 7 years ago from United States

      I know. I love epilating.

    • FCI103 6 years ago

      Definitely agree Silk Epil is the best since they stay working. However don't agree with staying away from Epilators over $100. If I did I wouldn't own the best one ever made(in my opinion)Silk Epil Xpressive Wet/Dry. Will agree if you're not totally dedicated to hair removal, no need for the better one. Sure can't understand what all the crying is about getting ingrown hairs. I mean sure yanked hair hurts a bit, but chopping your skin with a razor or getting a chemical burn from wax or depilatories? Believe me that is the worse of the evils, especially on underarms or private parts! Sure the Epilady was a drag, but these Epilators of today are faster than waxing, but only if you take your time and not try to rush hair removal. Somethings being slow pays off, and with Epilation is a windfall going slow. From all the years of hair removal(23years)believe me have learned a lot!

    • tactilicious 6 years ago

      braun silk epil for me, about 6 years now. It really doesn't hurt as much as people say, and once the hairs get thin and lighter, it really is no big deal at all.

    • MyEpil 5 years ago

      I used the Emjoi epilator almost everyday in the summer but I'm not going to tell you to use it. Everyone is different. Before you jump on the epilator bandwagon, it's important to figure out what it's really like. Your expectations, hair density, pain tolerance are all important factors.

      If anyone's interested, I've written my experiences over 6 months (plus tips and other info) in my blog.

    • emma 4 years ago

      is there one without sound?

    • ylen 3 years ago

      I never ever leave comments BUT!! I can't tolerate pain very well at all, I want to scream when I get a wax and have left with half done so I didn't think an Epilator would work for me because of the pain. However, I really like that I tried it and am hooked. I used in on my bikini area, my legs (eeks that took a few tries to get used to the stinging sensation) and yesterday my underarm. I am glad I bought one, I have course hair that grows fast, I have to shave everyday so this is money well spent. :) And I got mine on clearance, it was $59 and was marked down to $29. I am not sure how to clean the heads with alchohol though as mentioned above since it's not water proof.

    • Erica 2 years ago

      Do you use anything while epilating, like for instance a gel, foam or even soap?

    • 2 years ago

      Can I epilate my underarm without using an underarm cap? :/

    • Mariam 2 years ago

      I have brown epilator 7, but i founditvery painful to useon bikni area.

      Any tips to avoid pain plz..

    • CC 2 years ago

      I have Polysystic Ovaries, so I my hormones are all out of whack and I have gross amounts of hair in all the wrong places, especially my chin. It is thick, it is black and it is plenty! I have been shaving since i hit puberty. I am now 29. The hair on my chin has been an on-going struggle, it effects my life, my self esteem and my confidence. It makes me sick to my stomach everyday just thinking about my chin. I have to shave every day and sometimes twice, so i am constantly getting razor burn and bumps. It just destroys me. I haven't tried laser removal as the lady said because I have PCOS that it would just come back. I have tried electrolosis, it was just too painful for me. That's why i am a little scared to use an Epilator, even though ive bought one already, lol. The hair on my chin is a little too short right now because I just shaved yesterday, so i am waiting for it to grow out. I am trying to talk myself into trying it on a different body part. I have a very low threshhold for pain, lol. Anyways I just wanted to say to "Hersame" that this article really helped me and gave me really great tips, im still very nervous, but it's helped me calm down a bit, lol. Just thank you for writing this and I can really very much relate to your chin issue!

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      Rachel 2 years ago from United States

      I'm so sorry! I am too 29 and dealing with the -exact- same thing. Just recently got the Tria for my chin, but alas--not seeing results. Back to shaving and epilating!

    • Jeri 2 years ago

      I have a central nervous disorder that makes shaving feel like I'm dragging a serrated knife against the bone. I truly hope this works. The pain is going to be great, but if I only have to do it once every month and a half, it beats shaving every other day!

    • Tessa 23 months ago

      What I'd like to know is how often do you find you have to use the epilator?

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      Rachel 21 months ago from United States

      For me, it's once a week. I just started taking a medication that should hopefully slow the growth soon.

    • Amanda 4 months ago

      I’d recommend Karmin Professional Epilator ;) ;)

    • alin 6 weeks ago

      I prefer Karmin :)

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