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How to Reduce Facial Hair Naturally With Turmeric

I'm an Australian mother who writes in her free time. I enjoy writing lifestyle and "how-to" articles.

Did you know turmeric, a common cooking spice, could help you reduce the appearance of unwanted facial hair over time?

Did you know turmeric, a common cooking spice, could help you reduce the appearance of unwanted facial hair over time?

I am a woman who has suffered from unwanted facial hair since my 20s. I've tried everything from facial hair removal cream, shaving, and plucking to laser treatment and electrolysis, but none of those methods provided lasting results. Thinking I had tried everything, I woefully accepted that daily shaving and plucking would have to be my ongoing facial hair maintenance routine. Then I discovered turmeric.

How to Make and Apply Turmeric and Milk Paste

  1. Mix a small amount of turmeric powder with a small amount of milk. Aim for a toothpaste-like consistency.
  2. Apply a thin layer of the paste to any areas where you wish to reduce facial hair. Leave the paste on for about two minutes.
  3. Remove the paste from your skin using a damp rag or washcloth.
  4. Repeat this process about three times per week.

Tips for Using Turmeric Paste for Facial Hair Removal

  • Record observations about your facial hair weekly so you can keep track of your progress and determine whether the paste is working for you. I saw noticeable results after just a few months.
  • Store your turmeric powder in a safe, dry place. I keep mine in a little sealed container with my beauty products. It's a bit of a pain to get milk out of the fridge to use with it each time, but mixing it with milk does seem necessary. When I tried mixing it with water, it stained the skin of my fingers while I was applying it.
  • Don't use nice towels to remove the paste. I've set a few face towels aside specifically to be used for removing my turmeric paste treatments, as the yellow staining doesn't seem to wash out properly in the laundry. Keep in mind that any towels you use for this purpose may become permanently stained.
  • Don't leave the paste on for too long. Even when mixed with milk, leaving the turmeric mixture on your skin too long may produce a temporary stain—that's why I only leave it on for a minute or two.
  • Since there's a chance the turmeric might produce a temporary stain on the skin regardless of how long you leave the paste on, I recommend applying it at night before bed rather than in the morning before going to school or work.
Turmeric is a common and easy-to-find cooking spice. Who knew it would be so useful outside of cooking?

Turmeric is a common and easy-to-find cooking spice. Who knew it would be so useful outside of cooking?

My Facial Hair Story

As I mentioned earlier, I have dealt with unwanted facial hair since my 20s. Most of my nuisance hairs were on my chin, but I have also been plagued by thick hairs between my brows and above my top lip. Thin, fine hairs also covered most of my face. The hairs on my chin have gotten worse over the last 10 years. I blame this partially on laser hair removal that was performed on that area of my face. After the procedure, a few patches of thick hair developed on my chin right where I was treated with the laser. Previously, there was just the odd, isolated, thick hair in that region. While I can't be sure the laser treatment was to blame, I do not recommend having laser hair removal done on the face for this reason.

For years, I used facial hair removal cream on my entire face except for my eyebrows. During the week, I would wear full-face makeup and smother myself with foundation to hide the fine hairs on my face. Facial hair removal cream has been great for removing the fine hairs on my face, but the problem is that it doesn't seem to work on the coarser hairs on my chin, lip and between my eyebrows.

After having no success with laser treatment, I tried electrolysis. I went to two separate beauticians for electrolysis, but I still didn't see any results. I found it painful, and I suffered from minor burns and scarring. Even so, the hairs regrew! I was told by the practitioners that I would need ongoing treatment, which still ultimately might not remove all of my facial hair because of how thick it was.

I didn't like the idea of committing myself to further electrolysis treatments when I had yet to see any positive results from the several painful sessions I had already endured. I also didn't like the idea of waxing my face, because I would have to wait until my regrown hairs were fairly long before re-waxing them. After all of this, I began shaving my face in the shower in the mornings and plucking the regrowth out at night, as I would usually have some stubble by evening. The hair sure grew back quickly!

For years, I shaved and plucked my face daily and applied hair removal cream treatments weekly. It was a constant battle to look "hair-free" until I finally discovered turmeric.

A small mortar like this can be helpful for mixing turmeric powder with milk to create hair-removal paste.

A small mortar like this can be helpful for mixing turmeric powder with milk to create hair-removal paste.

My Experience With Turmeric Paste

Recently, I discovered a home remedy that really works for reducing my facial hair. It's inexpensive and involves ingredients you may already have in your home. I found out about turmeric beauty treatments online as part of an old Indian wives' tale. On a whim, I purchased a packet of turmeric powder from the spice aisle of the supermarket when I was shopping for groceries.

I mix the turmeric with milk until it's a toothpaste-like consistency. I then rub the mixture on my chin and between my eyebrows and leave it for a few minutes. I do this a few nights a week. The first time I applied this mix to my skin, I realised it was probably going to be of great benefit to me. It really had me excited from the first time I used it. The hairiest areas of my skin felt much smoother after just one application.

Because my chin hairs are so ridiculously thick, they are normally fairly difficult to pluck out with the roots intact. After applying turmeric powder with milk, however, even the coarsest of my facial hairs slid out in my tweezers with very minimal effort. It's like this mixture somehow sinks into the hair follicles like no other facial mask or cleanser can. It quickly loosens the hairs on my chin so they slide out easily. This makes plucking so much simpler. I've also noticed that when I use the turmeric mix regularly, the hairs do not grow back as quickly, and when they do grow back, they seem less coarse. I'm not a scientist, but I wonder if the turmeric somehow affects the hair follicle itself.

After a few months of applying the turmeric paste a few times per week, I finally noticed—for the first time in years—a significant reduction in the hair growth between my eyebrows and on my chin. After all of the different appointments I had been to and all of the money I had spent in the past, I was stunned and amazed to see how well this method worked. I am so happy to have found such a simple and cheap solution to such an annoying problem.

If you are annoyed with having to constantly remove your facial hair, I definitely recommend trying a turmeric and milk paste before investing in other, more expensive remedies. I hope it works as well for you as it has for me.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


Chandralekha on December 18, 2017:

After every 15 days I want to wax my chin and the hair is thick... I want to stop the wax or I can continue wax with this turmeric milk paste remedy ?????? Waiting for your valuable reply

Kevin on July 06, 2017:


Thanks for sharing this article,

I have a question.

My beard is growing high above the cheeks, few centimeters below my eyes and it's really doesn't looks good.

However, i never tried shaving or tweezing them because i think it might make my hair to grow back darker and it will be more noticeable.

Does tweezing and then applying mixture of Turmeric + Gamflour+ Milk will reduce the hair regrowth permanently over time ?

It would be great if you could help me get rid of this problem bacause it really shakes my confidence.

Bhavna on July 04, 2017:

Will hairs reduce and go permanently?

Claire on June 29, 2017:

Morning thanks for leaving this have read. I just got slightly burnt from a hair remover cream I just used so am using a natural way from now on as I am getting married next year.

I am left with a graze under my chin from the hair remover cream which I complained about I didn't leave on for very long and I did a patch test to

Anyway will try this turmeric xx

asad khan on January 06, 2017:

Is it also for men?? I am a 16 years old guy and my beard is growing like a men How I can reduce it naturally at home?? A little bit..

katherine on July 09, 2016:

i am using this too and it works do you tweeze the hairs out first or apply the past with hairs still on the skin? email to me at

zuzile on September 15, 2015:

I want to know if you apply turmeric powder in facial hair does it removes hair same time?

Tricky on August 01, 2015:

Hi , just stumbled across your site and was very interested in the effects the turmeric was having with your facial hair. Can you tell me the quantities and also how long I should leave on my skin, the best way to remove the paste and how bad is the staining. I' m very excited to try have had bad facial hair since my twenties and am now in my forties tried everything and nothing works. Thanks for sharing...

AustralianNappies (author) from Australia on May 13, 2015:

I'm still having success with this for reducing thick chin hairs!

I apply it to my face by making a paste by adding milk.

sana on April 13, 2015:

plz send the proper method of applying it ....

anonymous on July 06, 2014:

Hey, I too started using turmeric on my problem areas and I think it helps. Any further updates on your condition?

AustralianNappies (author) from Australia on June 09, 2014:

Hi Charlotte, check back with us if you can and let us know how it's worked for you personally :)

charlotte on January 08, 2014:

today is my second day using this mask, hope it works for me too :)

neha on November 26, 2013:


asma s on September 04, 2013:

thanks wonderful add