Home remedy: Facial hair removal

Facial hairs in females is a common cause of cosmetic concern. While it is OK to go for some of very famous facial hair removal techniques like waxing, bleaching, threading, electrolysis, laser  etc..  here are  a few cool home remedies for facial hair removal that you can try at home –
1. Make a paste of besan powder (gram flour)  along with turmeric and apply, leave for fifteen minutes and remove.

Turmeric is used in Indian tradition, by females to apply over the cheeks, because of its hair removal property.

2.  A mixture of gram flour, turmeric and mustard oil is used for scrubbing.

3. paste of milk with turmeric, over a period of time, helps .

Does applying turmeric after epilation retards the facial hair growth?
Yes, after epilation or hair removal treatment, it is good to apply turmeric powder over face and leave it for at least 10 – 15 minutes before washing off. Apart from delaying facial hair re-growth, it also heals the skin lesions that may be caused during epilation.
To some extent, it is useful in retarding further facial hair growth, or at least delaying the same.
In ancient times, women used to apply turmeric over face for the same purpose.

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  1. Dr. what is besan powder gram flour called outside of India? As I would like to try this.

  2. Rasamanjari Devi dasi says:

    Dear Doctor Hebbar,

    I am 60 years old and in the last 6 months i am growing a lot of facial hairs, a small patch of fine ones below my lower lip, a smattering of thick, long curling ones from under my chin, and few from cheeks and moles. The ones on my upper lip at the edges are darkening and becoming noticible, kind of like a young boys first hairs. i never had this before. The use of tumeric may help externally but i wonder if there is not something i should be taking internally to correct a male/female imbalance. I know this is not a problem i alone am facing as other ladies in my age group have same complaint. I can pull some of them but it is getting worse and i think the whole system needs addressing. Help! Thank you in advance for your kind consideration.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      There are a few oral medicines which can be tried to lessen the facial hair growth. The choice of medicine depends on age, underlying disease (if any), body type etc.

  3. Dear Doctor,
    South Indian married woman apply turmeric to their face and sometimes all over the body as a ritual. It is commonly believed that turmeric is good for skin as it protects the skin from infections, enhances the complexion and retards body and facial hair growth. Apart from this it has another advantage. Turmeric helps the body to produce progesterone which is a very important female hormone. Skin being the biggest organ of the body absorbs the nutrients from the turmeric applied on the skin and maintains the progesterone hormone balance in the body which is responsible for body hair. Women with proper progesterone balance have hardly any body hair. After menopause the production of progesterone in the body decreases due to which facial hair starts growing. There are various herbal medicines which can help woman maintain the hormonal balance. It is advisable to take them under Doctor’s supervision.

  4. Hello doctor.. greetings.. I really appreciate your efforts for sharing your knowledge with us..
    1). If turmeric maintains the progesterone hormone balance in the body.. Then instead to apply on skin one should drink turmeric milk at bed time.. Is it preferable..?
    2). For hair removing I read somewhere about Sankh bhasma and hartal bhasma for external application.. Is it safe to use them?
    3). Now a days on internet Thanaka powder and kusuma oil is popular among bloggers for permanent hair removal solution.. Is it true to get hair free permanently without any side effects of these products…?? I searched about thanaka powder, basically its beal tree (wood apple)..
    4). Romashatan lepa and oil really works..?? if yes then please share their preparation method and how to use them..?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      1. Yes, a pinch of turmeric in a small cup of milk is good to improve progesterone.
      2. I am not okay with Hartal bhasma for hair removal. It contains arsenic, albeit purified. I would rather suggest cosmetic intervention for hair removal.
      3. I have read Thanaka for improving skin beauty, complexion etc. but not sure about hair removal. I think the hype about it is too much, but it may be useful to a minor extent.
      4. Sorry for the depressive tone again, but I do not have much hope with Romashatan Lepa. But oil might work to some extent.

      • Hi Doc,

        I have a doubt. if “hartal bhasm” is purified then why it’s not safe to use because purification will remove the poison (if done properly). Isn’t it ?

        • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

          Hi, “doing it properly” is the key. If it is done properly, still not good to take it without doctor’s prescription.

      • Hi Doc,

        And about 2nd point – here are you talking about “Hartal (हरताल)
        Bhasm (also called – godanti)” or “Harital (हरिताल) Bhasm” ? I think both are different. Please correct me if I am wrong.


  5. How to use hartal for removing sharir loma and loma on face??

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Because it contains Arsenic, it is not safe for people to use Hartal directly, without doctor’s advice.

  6. Can rose water and alum be used for hair removal.?

    • Dr Malini Bhat says:

      Yes madam you can use them. Prepare a mixture of 1 tsp of alum with 2 teaspoon of rose water. Swipe this mixture over the unwanted hair growth with the help of cotton wool. Let it on your face for at least 15 to 20 minutes.
      If you feel dry after the application then you can use moisturizer to soothe the skin. Repeat the process at least once a week.

  7. Which ayurvedic dravya is used for hair removal.?

  8. Dr pooja goyal says:

    Hartal in ayurveda text for romshatan is given , what is that sir

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, purified Harital / Haratal bhasma – an arsenic compound is known to remove body hairs. But it may leave a stain mark on the skin and there are safety issues over topical use of haratala bhasma. Hence, not an ideal agent for long term use.

  9. Sir kya ma apne 2 years ke ke beti k face sy hair remove krny k.liye hartal worki use kr skte ho

    ⦁ Take limestone and hartal warki in an equal amount and grind them well.
    ⦁ Put this mixture into an air tight jar .
    ⦁ First of all, you remove all your facial hair with wax or thread.
    ⦁ Then take limestone and hartal warki in an equal amount and add egg white in it and make a thick paste.
    ⦁ Apply this paste on your facial hair smoothly and leave it for 30 to 35 minutes.
    ⦁ Then remove it off with an applicator or knife.
    ⦁ At the end wash it with cold water.

    STEP #2:

    ⦁ Colchicum Bitter (Suranjan e Talkh),
    ⦁ Qust e Shirin or Qust-al-Bahri,

    ⦁ After that take suranjan e talkh and qust e shirin (Qust-al-Bahri) in equal amounts, grind both ingredients well.
    ⦁ Apply this powder on facial hair removal area daily for effective results.
    This is very common now a days
    Is it really useful without any side effects ?

  11. Mixture of hartal , shank bhasma and mansil remove hair permanent from face and is there any side effect of this ? Thanks

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Usually no. But it can only be used under medical supervision. In some, it may leave a dark spot. Hartal should be used very carefully.

  12. I saw one vide on YouTube they said the mixture of these burns the roots of hair and I search on google it says same. Thanks

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