Before Removing Your Upper Lip Hair, Read This

November 24, 2021
Genesis Rivas
By: Genesis Rivas | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
The Ultimate Guide to Upper Lip Hair Removal

Spoiler alert, women grow hair on their upper lip area. And guess what? It’s not a big deal. That being said, if you are interested in getting rid of your peach fuzz and aren’t sure what hair-removal methods will work for you, we’ve got you covered. Here Skincare.com consultants, Zeefah Ali, esthetician at Trifecta Med Spa in New York City and Natalie Ismiel, brand ambassador for Nad’s, are breaking down options for removal, how to calm inflammation and their top tips for facial hair removal.

What Are Some Upper Lip Hair-Removal Methods?

“Upper lip hair can be removed through waxing, which is quick and easy,” says Ismiel. “It can also be removed by threading, which can be uncomfortable for some people but is also quick.” She adds that depilatory creams are also popular, but can burn the area of the skin if left on for too long. As an at-home option, you can shave your upper lip hair (a.k.a dermaplaning), which removes the hair and gently exfoliates the skin for a smooth-looking complexion.

 

If you’re looking for a more permanent solution, laser hair removal is your best bet.  “With 14 years of experience in the industry, I would say laser hair removal is the best long-term option for getting rid of coarse, dark upper lip hair,” says Ali. “Laser does not, however, work for all hair types such as fine or white hair, which is when I’d recommend other treatments like waxing, tweezing or shaving.” 

How Can You Tell Which Upper Lip Hair Removal Technique Is Best for You?

“Picking an upper lip hair removal method will depend on your skin sensitivity and pain tolerance,” says Ali. “Shaving causes no pain but will require more upkeep. Tweezing is time-consuming and waxing and threading will hurt the most out of all options.” If you know you have very sensitive skin, Ali doesn't recommend waxing or hair-removal creams. If you have thick and coarse hair and want to give laser a try, just know that the process takes around six to eight sessions.

 

If you’re not sure what your skin can handle, Ismiel recommends trying your method of choice on a small area of your upper lip first. “Always test on a small patch of the skin you want to treat, as the skin on our face is more delicate than the rest of the body.”

How Can You Care for Your Upper Lip Area If Irritation Occurs? 

Mild reddening is a common side effect when removing upper lip hair but usually subsides within a couple of hours. “In the rare instance of skin becoming painful or inflamed for a prolonged period, that’s a sign you should try another method of hair removal in the future,” says Ismeil. To help reduce the redness in the interim, Ali recommends treating the area with a cold compress and avoiding makeup as it can lead to further irritation.

Other Tips for Upper Lip Hair Removal

Always Clean the Area First 

Ali says a common mistake her clients make when trying any hair removal method is not fully cleaning the upper lip area before. Be sure to wipe away all remnants of makeup, dirt and oil from the skin before removing your peach fuzz to avoid potential irritation. If you need a quick cleanse, a swipe of the Garnier SkinActive Water Rose Micellar Water will do the trick.

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Apply a Thick Layer of Hair Removal Cream 

“When using a hair removal cream, make sure you apply a thick layer evenly across the upper lip,” says Ismiel. “Applying a thin or uneven layer will be ineffective and may result in patchiness.”

Never Wax the Same Area Twice 

“When waxing, some people mistakenly go over the same spot twice,” says Ismiel. “It’s important that you only wax each section once to prevent irritation to the skin. You can always go back and tweeze any hairs you may have missed.”

Always Read the Directions on the Pack 

Always follow the instructions on the pack whenever you try DIY hair removal. Ismiel says to take particular note of the application and removal instructions with waxes and developing times with creams, and never exceed the recommended times. 

Make Sure Your Products Are Formulated for the Face

As we mentioned before, the skin on your face is normally more sensitive and delicate than the rest of your body, so don’t try using a hair removal cream made for your body on your upper lip. If you need a recommendation, we like the Nad’s Hair Removal Cream for its ability to dissolve unwanted facial hair in as few as four minutes and the Facial Wax Strips, which are formulated for delicate facial skin and are easy to use.

Photo: Chaunte Vaughn, Design: Hannah Packer

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