Best Facial Hair Removal Creams

Health & Beauty

Having facial hair as a woman can feel embarrassing. However, 40% of women naturally grow facial hair, making it both common and, thankfully, something product designers take seriously. We’ve found a collection of facial hair removal creams that are sure to get the job done and leave you feeling fresh and beautiful. No matter the cause of your hair, the products here will help you save face.

If you are familiar with facial hair creams, you have likely heard of VANIQA®, which the FDA approved in 2000. Unfortunately, VANIQA® requires a prescription and is very costly. Luckily, there are a lot of products out there that break the hair, and not the bank. In fact, most of the products in this collection cost under $15. When compared with the cost of a salon waxing, you’ll definitely save money with these creams.

Facial hair removal creams work by weakening the hair until it can be wiped off. Many creams also have hair retardants which slow the growth of new facial hair. It takes 5-8 minutes for most creams to work. While creams are less messy than sugar waxes, we have included a few sugar waxes in this collection because their simplicity makes them more akin to creams than your typical waxing. All these products can be used on your face, and allow you to treat other areas while you’re at it.

Avon SSS Fresh & Smooth Hair Removal Cream Sensitive Skin

Why we like it: This quick, comforting cream is well suited for sensitive skin and most hair thicknesses.

Everything about this cream is professional grade, right down to the modern packaging. The skinny tube of Avon Skin So Soft cream is full of natural ingredients that won’t irritate or inflame the skin.The cream has an aloe-infused formula soothes the skin. This is the fastest working product we found, taking just two minutes to get rid of those pesky follicles. We could all use a little more time in our lives, right? The cream now includes meadowfoam oil, which extends its shelf life and gives it a non-greasy feel. We couldn’t say no to a product that keeps a long time and feels great.

So if it doesn’t burn, works quickly, and gets the job done, what’s the catch? Unfortunately, we disagree with Avon over the advertised scent. There are two main opinions on the smell. Some think it unpleasant, but tolerable. Others think it reeks. But since you only need to use it for two minutes, you really don’t have to put up with the smell for very long. The odor will be gone along with the facial hair as soon as you wipe the cream off. Since it works quickly and feels great, we rather like the Avon.

Olay Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal Duo Medium to Coarse Hair

Why we like it: Finally, something for those with thicker hair. It works like a charm for the jaw and mouth area.

To be clear, Olay also makes a fine hair version, but most creams will remove that. We thought it best to feature this edition since there are fewer products that work on thick hair. The “duo” part comes from the skin-guarding balm that is paired with the hair remover. The balm is not an optional step, but an intricate part of the removal process. It is applied before the removal cream to prevent burning and irritation. The treatment time is 8 minutes, but that’s not bad considering you have to put on the balm beforehand.

The price tag remains the biggest setback here; at $18.99, this is one of the more expensive hair removal creams. Still, for something that really works on coarse hair, the higher price is worth it. The Olay Smooth Finish should not be applied to anywhere except the lower face, so those wanting to treat their eyebrows or legs should find another product. However, this cream does an excellent job of getting all the coarse facial hair, so we promise it’ll be well worth your money. Since it’s so effective, even on coarse hair, we’re proud to feature this product.

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Moom Organic Hair Removal Kit, Tea Tree

Why we like it: It’s organic, gentle, residue-free, and works on both coarse and fine hair.

If you’re looking for a sustainable, environmentally friendly option, Moom has your (and the Earth’s) back. This product is USDA certified organic, and is made with a long list of natural herbal ingredients. No animal testing was performed here either, of course. Inside the cherry blossom-covered box you’ll find a 6 oz. jar of the hair remover, washable and reusable fabrics strips, and a couple of wooden applicators. The kit had everything we needed, and the soothing formula is kind to sensitive skin. As for handling coarse hair, we found the Moom is so effective, it worked for guys’ hair too.

The biggest downside of this cream stems from just not being able to get enough of it. If we only did our faces, we could get 4-6 uses per jar. The sugar wax is good for the arms, legs, and bikini area as well, but your supply will run out quickly when dehairing many locations. But it’s only $8, and the product has so many benefits. After application, the leftover mess can be easily washed off. Smell is a downside of many facial hair products, but not this one; we found the tea scent to be quite lovely.

Body Sugar Chamomile

Why we like it: This product is based on gentle, natural ingredients. It’s affordable, effective, and low-hassle.

Strictly speaking, this is a sugar wax, not a cream. However, its results are so good, we had to put it on this list. Sugar wax is far easier to use than traditional wax, so you don’t need to be a salon employee to use it effectively. Despite the “cold” part of this cold wax, it requires no heating, which means you can use it as soon as you get it. The kit provides both strips and spatulas for the low price of $9. Thinking about those old waxing experiences, we worried about pain at first, but the process is comfortable, aided by the soothing chamomile extract.

Though wax is messier than cream, don’t fret about wasting a bunch of time on clean up! This wax washes right off thanks to its water-soluble formula. Everything in this kit is washable, including the strips and spatulas. We found it removed all types of hair, from fine to coarse, so if you haven’t had any luck with traditional creams, give this a try! The Body Sugar Chamomile will leave your skin fresh and rejuvenated, without a bunch of unwanted hair. Say goodbye to painfully ripping the hair from your face and say hello to one of the best waxes on the market.

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Veet Gel Hair Remover Cream with Essential Oils

Why we like it: A cream that smells great, comes in a convenient package, and takes only three minutes to use.

We get it. You don’t want to stink, and fortunately, you don’t have to. The essential oils in this cream insure it leaves you smelling wonderful while still getting rid of the hair. Three minutes is all it takes, making Veet one of the quickest creams to use. This particular version comes with a hand pump and spatula for an accurate and easy facial hair removal.  It’s suited to removing hair in other areas too. Another great aspect of the Veet gel cream is that it’s been tested by dermatologists, so you don’t need to worry about being an experiment.

Veet produces many different bottle styles and this particular one is best suited for home use. Other options include a travel-sized tube, a shower bottle, and a spray bottle. Besides the essential oil cream, Veet offers a sensitive skin version. Here, you trade scent for gentleness. We did find that hair sometimes grows back faster using Veet compared to other creams, but overall we were very pleased with the results. With a price of $14.52 this cream may seem more expensive than your other options, but since the bottle is so large, it’s actually among the cheapest per ounce.

Nair Hair Removal Cream for Face with Special Moisturizers

Why we like it: This cream is versatile, removing even coarse hairs. It’s considered the go-to cream by many women.

With so many creams, that only work on fine hair, here’s another one you ladies struggling with coarse hair. This cream should do the trick and each application should last about a week. Eyebrows do appear to be an exception, but you wanted to keep those anyway. Hair removal isn’t the only benefit of this cream, special moisturizers will give your face that elusive smooth and glossy feel. It contains many natural elements, such as mineral oil and sweet almond oil. Are you an animal lover? Rejoice! This product was NOT tested on your furry friends and is totally ethical to purchase.

Like the Sally Hansen, this cream tends to burn those with sensitive skin. And we cannot recommend leaving it on for more than 10 minutes, because it will burn pretty much anyone after that. Another, albeit less serious downside to this product is the smell. “New improved scent” be darned, we still think it stinks. The price is a bit high at $18, but you’ll get four bottles in the package, which is a fine deal. Though not for those with sensitive skin, this is good stuff for getting rid of coarse hair.

Sensitive Facial Hair Removal Cream by GiGi

Why we like it: Really caters to those with sensitive skin. The box includes both the hair removal cream and a calming balm.

If you have sensitive skin and want to play it safe, this cream was developed for you. The removal cream is designed to be gentle and the balm will quell any irritation that remains. Infused with papaya enzymes, the balm not only soothes, but slows the growth rate of new facial hair. Having to use it less often saves you time and money. With two products in one box for under $7, this is a great deal. This cream doesn’t stink at all. In fact, it’s about as odorless as they come. It’s nice to have a cream that won’t irritate your nose or your skin!

The cream needs to be left on for at least eight minutes to work, so this is definitely not the fastest option out there. Since the cream doesn’t stink or burn, the eight minutes won’t seem quite so long. While we consistently saw the cream remove all the hair, sometimes the hair grew back sooner than we would have liked. The balm slowed hair regrowth for most people though. Even if you have to go through a few more dehairing sessions, it’s definitely worth not getting hurt. Due to its gentleness, good smell and affordability, we’re glad to feature this product on our list.

Andrea Visage Clair Gentle Hair Remover for The Face

Why we like it: This cream work well on all but coarsest hair, plus it comes at great price.

Inside the elegant pink and white box is one of the best facial hair removal creams on the market. Although it was designed for the face, the cream does wonders for body hair as well. If you’ve been struggling with fine or medium facial hair, this cream is here to turn the tide in your favor. The box includes a tube of soothing aloe balm and comes at the amazing price of $7. Though not a sensitive skin formula, we found it sometimes stung slightly, but almost never burned. The aloe took care of any residual stinging, and best of all, the fuzz was gone.

Does it work on coarse hair? Well, it depends on how coarse we’re talking about. If your facial hair is extremely coarse, we’d recommend you try some of the other products on this list formulated to get rid of even the toughest hairs. But if you’re closer to the medium end of the spectrum, this should work for you. This cream does stink a little bit, but it’s not overpowering by any means. You’ll be able to ignore the smell knowing how much more confident you’ll feel after using this product. Since the cream works on most women’s facial hair and is very affordable, we’re happy to recommend it.

Sally Hansen Creme Hair Remover Kit

Why we like it: This cream is one used by many salons, and it’s extremely affordable.

Tightwads, listen up: this is one of the cheapest creams out there and this is your chance to save money. Effectively removing fine hairs, you won’t have to worry about needing a redo to get rid of that annoying peach fuzz. Application time is the standard 5-8 minutes.The pumpkin and willow ingredients hide hair regrowth, so you should be able to stretch applications out to one every two weeks, giving you even more value for your money. Sally Hansen is a trusted name among salons, but you don’t have to pay salon prices to feel better about your face.

A warning to those with sensitive skin: you should find a more gentle product. But if your skin isn’t sensitive, the soothing lotion paired with the remover will deliver a painless experience. However, the soothing lotion isn’t quite enough to quell the burning that women with sensitive skin may experience. We also found that this cream works much better on fine hair than coarse hair. Since the cream is a bit on the rougher side, you probably don’t want to do several rounds in order to remove thicker hair. That said, if you have fine hair and non-sensitive skin, this could be the cream for you.

 

Surgi-cream Hair Remover For Face

Why we like it: Effective for all but the coarsest hair, this cream is also affordable.

The Surgi-cream really is a great value. For $13.15, you’ll get three single ounce tubes in a box that looks like you paid a lot of money for it. Not only that, it comes with Surgi Soothe cream to calm any irritation you might experience after the hair removal. The cream itself is infused with aloe vera, helping provide as comfortable an experience as you can make hair removal. We found the fresh scent to be very pleasant, so don’t worry about the smell. We would like to note that if you have very sensitive skin, we still recommend you try a cream especially made for people like you.

We found Surgi-cream did a wonderful job of removing fine and medium hair, but the coarser the hair the more application it took to remove. If you want to be rid of very coarse hair, you might want to try stronger stuff. That said, the Surgi-cream means business. Don’t leave it longer than the suggested 5-8 minutes or it will burn. We also noted Surgi-cream was a bit on the runny side as far as creams go. Applying it little by little should keep any from going to waste. All in all, the Surgi cream comes at a great price and does a fine job of meeting most women’s hair removal needs, so we’re happy to recommend it.

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