How to Reduce Facial Hair Naturally With Turmeric
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.
What Is Turmeric?
Turmeric is a brightly coloured spice made from the roots of a plant in the ginger family. It is commonly used in cooking and can be found in the spice section of any grocery store.
How to Make and Apply Turmeric and Milk Paste
- Mix a small amount of turmeric powder with a small amount of milk. Aim for a toothpaste-like consistency.
- 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.
- Remove the paste from your skin using a damp rag or washcloth.
- 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 for, I recommend applying it at night before bed rather than in the morning before going to school or work.
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 hairs 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.
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 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.