An Evaluation of Upper Lip Hair Removal Methods

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upper lip hair removalUpper lip hair removal is a delicate and painful task. The liberties you are taking in the removal of hair in the other parts of your body cannot be applicable in upper lip because the facial skin is very delicate than the rest of your body. Besides, upper lip is the most visible area, so the hair should be removed carefully and professionally. You can adopt several strategies for removing hair from your upper lip. However, you should be aware that none is completely permanent. Some methods are painful some others are painless and more effective. Adoption of proper upper hair removal strategy is also essential for avoiding infections.

Upper Lip Hair Removal Methods

Unwanted hair is very common on upper lip, cheeks, chin, toes, feat, fingers, legs, or on the back. It occurs due to a number of factors, which include genetics, usage of certain steroids or hormones, or even some medical abnormalities like higher level of androgen (Male hormone) or conditions of endocrine system like polycystic ovarian syndrome. Whatever may be the cause, unwanted hair can be removed by adopting various strategies, which include methods administered under the care of a doctor and over-the-counter strategies. Some of the common methods used for upper lip hair removal are:

  • Plucking or tweezing,
  • Threading,
  • Creams or depilatories,
  • Waxing,
  • Bleaching,
  • Electrolysis,
  • Laser hair removal, and
  • Oral medications.

Plucking or Tweezing

Though most painful, plucking is an easy method and it is effective for removing stray hair on your upper lip. If you pluck properly, you can remove hair from the root. Usage of high quality pluckers are essential and the hair should be pulled carefully and slowly in the direction of the growth.

The inefficiency of tweezers or rushing may lead to the partial removal of hair, and it leaves ingrown and stubble hair. There may also be a tingling sensation, redness, or white bumps on your upper lip. This is also a time taking procedure because each hair is removed individually. The result will not last for a long period of time compared to the other upper lip hair removal methods.


Threading is a time consuming procedure and more tricky to learn. However, this is comparatively painless and you need to do threading in every 10-14 days only. While threading, you should hold your skin tight for stretching it out. This is helpful for reducing pain and removing hair properly.

Creams or Depilatories

This is another method used for upper lip hair removal. You should ensure that the creams or depilatories are safe for using on your face. You should apply the cream to the area and keep it there for 10-15 minutes. Then, you can rinse the area for removing the cream. This method is very quick and inexpensive.

Strong chemicals are used for dissolving hair, so it can be highly irritating on your face. There is also a common complaint that creams are not effective for removing hair completely. So, it leaves behind stray hair, which must be plucked individually. You should also be very careful while applying depilatory creams in your sensitive areas such as around mouth or nose. Also, the creams are designed for removing public hair and it should not be used for removing facial hair. People with allergic reactions should consult a doctor before using hair removal creams.


This is an old and popular method for removing facial hair. Lots of wax methods are also available, which include beeswax and azulence. This is effective for removing stray hair from your upper lip. The wax is applied on the skin after it is heated. Cloth wax strips are used for pulling off the hair. The result may last for 2-4 weeks. The hair grows back finer and softer with each waxing. This is also effective for removing even the tiniest hair, that too from its root. Therefore, waxing provides you a smooth and hair free upper lip.

This can be a painful method as per your personal tolerance level. Before doing the next waxing, the hair should be grown out slightly.


Bleaching is considered as the most painless method and generally, it is used for upper lip. However, bleaching does not remove hair, but it makes the hair just lighter and less noticeable.


This is considered as one of the most effective methods of upper lip hair removal. In electrolysis, electric current and thin needle is used for destroying hair follicle. If you do it properly, you can remove hair permanently by using electrolysis. As it removes one hair at a time, this method is ideal for upper lip, cheek, chin, or eyebrows.

In order to get permanent result, you must undergo several treatment sessions. Improper application of electrolysis may lead to scarring, worse or continued hair growth. You should keep away from wax, shave, or pluck stray hair between electrolysis treatments because this may strengthen the hair and thus hinder the effectiveness of electrolysis.

Laser Hair Removal

upper lip hair removalThis is considered as a long lasting method. In order to get the best result, you should undergo 3 or more treatment sessions. However, it is effective only for people with dark color hair. In laser hair treatment, a laser together with pulsated beams of light is used for destroying or vaporizing hair root.

This treatment is expensive and painful as per the tolerance level of individuals. You should select a highly experienced technician or doctor for laser hair removal treatment. Laser may react with melanin in your skin, this may lead to hyperpigmentation with darker skin.

Oral Medications

If you think that all the upper lip hair removal treatment methods described above are ineffective, you can address your problem by taking oral medicines. This will help to inhibit the hair growth. The US Food and Drug Administration recently approved Vaniqa, a tropical cream, which is helpful for slowing the facial hair growth in women. However, you must be aware that this cream only slows the growth of hair and it cannot remove hair. Each hair removal method has pros and cons, therefore, you should select the best suitable method for your upper lip hair removal needs.

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