How To Remove Upper Lip Hair At Home – 11 Natural Ways

All it takes are a few effective home remedies to keep your unwanted hair and razors at bay.

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It is very common for both men and women to have hair on their upper lips. Stress, poor diet, or hormonal fluctuations can result in more hair growth than usual. In this article, we explore some of the simple ways to get rid of upper lip hair naturally.

Note: While the natural remedies below remove upper lip hair temporarily, consult a professional or healthcare provider if you are looking for permanent hair removal treatments or medications. Scroll down to learn how to remove upper lip hair at home!

What Causes Lip Hair Growth In Women?

The phenomenon of hirsutism, or unwanted hair growth in females, is caused due to many factors that may be hormonal or genetic, or even a combination of the two. Generally, around 5-10% of women have hirsutism. There are no determined causes of this condition, and the research is ongoing (1).

According to research, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is responsible for approximately 75% of hirsutism cases, affecting about 20 – 25% of adolescent girls. Non-classical Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (NCAH) is responsible for a higher prevalence among the Ashkenazi Jewish population (3.7%) and the Central European population (2%), while it is considered rare among Caucasians (0.1%).

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PCOS, use of steroidal medications, and severe insulin resistance may also lead to upper-lip hair growth in females.

Following are some of the home remedies that can help you remove hair from the upper lip naturally. Take a look!

How To Remove Upper Lip Hair Naturally

1. Turmeric And Milk

Turmeric and milk as one of the ways to remove upper lip hair naturally
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A scientific study showed that curcuma oil from a plant belonging to the turmeric family reduced axillary hair growth in women (2). Hence, turmeric may help reduce hair growth on the upper lip.

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon of turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon of water or milk

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix the turmeric powder with either water or milk and apply it to the upper lip.
  2. Leave it on for half an hour.
  3. Once it has hardened, rub it gently and wash it off.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this once every few days for a couple of weeks.

Caution: Do not use milk in this remedy if you are allergic to dairy products.

While this is unlikely to remove all of the hair in the treated area, it may help reduce its growth.

2. Egg White

Egg white has a gelatin-like texture, which acts as an excellent peel-off mask. When applied to the upper lip, it may dislodge the hair from its follicles. This can help you remove fragile strands effortlessly. However, this remedy may not work as effectively as other upper lip hair removal techniques.

You Will Need

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon of cornflour
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix the egg white with the cornflour and sugar.
  2. Whisk the mixture until it forms a sticky paste.
  3. Apply the paste to the upper lip region.
  4. Let it dry for around 30 minutes and peel it off.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this 2 times a week.

3. Gelatin

Gelatin acts as a peel-off mask as it binds together when mixed with a liquid. Once it gets sticky, its adhesive property might help unclog the strands from its follicles.

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon of unflavoured gelatin
  • 1½ tablespoons of milk

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix the gelatin and milk in a bowl and microwave the mixture for 10-12 seconds.
  2. Apply the warm paste to the upper lip.
  3. Once dried, peel it off with mild force.

How Often You Should Do This

Do it once every two weeks.

4. Sugar

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Sugar is popularly used as an ingredient for painless hair removal. It not only removes unwanted hair but also prevents its growth (3). It will also work as an exfoliant to smooth the skin.

You Will Need

  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • A soft piece of cloth

What You Have To Do

  1. Heat the sugar in a pan for a minute.
  2. Add the fresh lemon juice to it and stir until it forms a thick liquid.
  3. Allow it to cool down.
  4. Apply the sugar-lemon juice mixture to the upper lip region.
  5. Place a piece of cloth on the applied paste. Rub in a circular motion.
  6. Pull it off quickly against the direction of the hair growth.

How Often You Should Do This

Use this remedy as and when required.

5. Yogurt, Honey, And Turmeric

Yogurt, honey, and turmeric combine to form a smooth, sticky mixture that can help remove the unwanted hair on your upper lip. This scrub causes the upper lip hair to dislodge from the follicles.

You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1 teaspoon of yogurt
  • A pinch of turmeric

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix the yogurt, honey, and turmeric in a bowl.
  2. Massage the upper lip with this paste.
  3. Wait for about 15-20 minutes. Rub it off gently.
  4. Wash the area with cold water.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this 2 times a week.

6. Flour

This is one of the easiest and simplest methods of upper lip hair removal. Applying the pack loosens up the hair follicles, and the hair can be easily removed when the mask is peeled off. However, this method is based on anecdotal evidence and has no scientific backing.

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon of wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon of milk
  • A pinch of turmeric

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix all the ingredients to form a thick paste.
  2. Apply the paste to the upper lip area and wait for it to dry.
  3. Once dried, slowly peel off the mask.
  4. Rinse the area with water.

How Often You Should Do This

Use this hair removal pack every 3-4 days.

7. Lemon And Sugar

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Lemon contains acids that have bleaching properties and lighten the hair on the upper lip (4). Sugar helps to exfoliate the skin and loosens the hair follicles, which makes it easy to pull them out.

You Will Need

  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar

What You Have To Do

  1. Squeeze the lemon and add the sugar to it. Stir well until it becomes a paste.
  2. Apply the paste all over the upper lip.
  3. Let it dry for 15 minutes and wash it off with water.

How Often You Should Do This

Apply this paste every alternate day.

Caution: If you have dry skin, avoid this remedy as lemon can dry your skin further.

8. Sugar Waxing

The stickiness of the sugar paste will pull the hair from its follicles and slow down growth with multiple uses (3). Chamomile soothes the skin and has anti-inflammatory properties (5). It will help reduce the mild swelling in your skin after the waxing is done.

You Will Need

  • 4 chamomile tea bags
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • Water
  • Popsicle stick
  • Waxing strip

What You Have To Do

  1. Boil the chamomile tea bags in water in a saucepan.
  2. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Let the tea bags steep for around 30 minutes.
  3. Throw the tea bags away and pour out only half a cup of tea.
  4. Pour a cup of water into a saucepan. Add some water to the chamomile tea you just extracted.
  5. Add the sugar and the lemon juice. Stir well.
  6. Allow the mixture to boil for a couple of minutes. Wait until the colour turns darker.
  7. Remove the saucepan from the heat and transfer the mixture to a bowl. Let the sugar wax cool down. Don’t apply it to your skin when it is hot and be careful not to burn yourself.
  8. Use a popsicle stick to spread it over your upper lip.
  9. Apply a waxing strip on it. Hold it for a few seconds and pull it off quickly. Make sure you pull in the opposite direction of the hair growth.

How Often You Should Do This

Use this remedy depending on how fast your hair growth is.

9. Honey And Lemon

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Honey works as a mild wax and helps to pull out the hair from their follicles. Lemon can help lighten the tiny strands that are hard to wax.

You Will Need

  • ½ tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • Warm water
  • Washcloth

What You Have To Do

  1. Apply a mixture of honey and lemon juice to the upper lip.
  2. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Soak the washcloth in the warm water. Wring out the excess water and use this to gently wipe off the honey-lemon paste.
  4. Rinse your face with water.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2-3 times a week.

10. Potato Juice

The ingredients in this pack may help unclog pores and pull away from the upper lip hair when scrubbing off from the skin. Anecdotal evidence suggests that potatoes act as bleaching agents. This may lighten the remaining stubborn hair.

You Will Need

  • 2 tablespoons of yellow lentils
  • 1 tablespoon of potato juice
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • Water

What You Have To Do

  1. Soak the lentils in water overnight.
  2. Strain them in the morning and grind them with the lemon juice and freshly extracted potato juice (from a grated potato).
  3. Add the honey to this paste and mix well.
  4. Apply this to the upper lip and let it sit for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Once dried, scrub the paste off.
  6. Wash your face with water.

You can apply this hair removal mask on the entire face as well.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2 times a week.

11. Corn Flour And Milk

The cornflour and milk combination will stick to your skin firmly, and when peeled off, it may remove the hair along with it.

You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon of cornflour
  • 2 teaspoons of milk

What You Have To Do

  1. Make a paste with the ingredients and apply on the upper lip.
  2. Let it dry and then slowly peel this mask off.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this 2-3 times a week.

Besides using these home remedies for upper lip hair removal at home, there are other options available to stop the growth of upper lip hair.

Other Methods To Stop Upper Lip Hair Growth

1. Laser Hair Removal

In laser hair removal products, a concentrated beam of light is sent into the hair follicle to destroy the hair. This can stop hair growth for approximately 7 months.

2. Electrolysis

This method of hair removal involves an electric current. This electricity destroys the hair and hair follicle. Due to this damage, hair growth is stopped permanently.

3. Use Tweezers

Tweezing upper lip hair is a common and effective hair removal method. Use a gentle cleanser and warm water to remove any dirt, makeup, or excess oil from your face. Clean and sanitize your tweezers to prevent infections. Always tweeze your hair in the direction of hair growth. This helps reduce pain and ensures you remove hair from the root. Apply a calming lotion or aloe vera gel to the skin after tweezing to soothe it. Those with sensitive skin are suggested to avoid using makeup immediately after tweezing.

Note: Carefully tweeze one hair at a time. This prevents hair breakage and any resultant ingrown hairs.

Jen, a blogger, shared her experience of removing upper lip hair at home by herself. She tried plucking the facial hair with tweezers and found it effective but very time consuming. She writes, “ I also use it to catch hairs on my chin that come through. It hurts a little – but this obviously isn’t a good method for removing all your facial hair. It would take hours and could be very sore on sensitive skin! (i)”

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Consult your dermatologist about a prescription of Eflornithine. This medicated cream helps slow down unwanted facial hair growth.

Never opt for shaving your upper lip hair. When you shave your face, the facial hair is only removed from the skin, making it blunt-edged. When your hair begins to grow back again, it grows into stubble. Try the sugar waxing remedy if you are in a hurry. It’s a smarter alternative!

Infographic: Tips To Manage Upper Lip Hair Growth

While the exact cause behind hirsutism is yet to be determined, genetics and hormonal changes have been linked to unwanted hair growth in women. With a few natural ingredients available in your kitchen, you can easily manage excess lip hair growth at home. If you opt for laser hair removal, follow the dos and don’ts of laser hair removal aftercare for effective healing.

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Some degree of upper lip hair is common in women. However, excessive hair growth on the upper lip and other parts of the body in women may be caused due to genetic or hormonal factors and is medically referred to as hirsutism. There are various ways to remove upper lip hair naturally with the use of simple home remedies like turmeric and milk, egg white, flour, sugar waxing, potato juice, etc. However, these are temporary solutions, and for more permanent solutions, you may need to opt for treatment methods such as electrolysis or laser therapy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can we use Veet on the upper lip?

Yes, depilatory creams like Veet, which is formulated for facial hair removal may be used on the upper lip.

Does plucking upper lip hair make it thicker?

No, plucking or tweezing upper lip hair does not make it thicker, even if it appears so as the new hair growth is straight and outwards hanging.

Is it better to shave or pluck the upper lip area?

Both shaving and plucking upper lip hair have their pros and cons. Shaving is quicker and less painful but may lead to a stubble and quicker regrowth. Plucking takes more time and is more painful, but can prolong the time between regrowth and hair won’t reappear as stubble.

Is plucking better than waxing?

Both grooming methods have their pros and cons. Plucking is more suitable for smaller areas of hair as it requires individual attention to each hair strand whereas waxing is more appropriate for larger areas as it can help pull out more hair at a go. Plucking can be done on shorter hair, whereas you may need to wait till hair regrows to a certain length before waxing. Plucking is less appropriate for fine hair, whereas waxing can help remove both fine and thick hair. Overall, waxing is considered more suitable for upper lip hair removal, although both methods work.

Does threading the upper lip cause more hair growth?

No, hair may grow back quicker, but it does not cause increased hair growth. Infact, overtime threading may reduce hair growth as hair follicles may get damaged from the process.

Key Takeaways

  • Lip hair growth in women may be caused by genetics or hormonal imbalance.
  • You can use milk, gelatin, sugar, or turmeric as a homemade scrub to get rid of upper lip hair.
  • Applying aloe vera gel to the top lip may soothe the skin and inhibit hair growth.
  • You can opt for medical treatments like electrolysis or laser to remove upper hair lip.

Learn how to use baking soda for easy and effective upper lip hair removal! Watch this video to get rid of unwanted hair quickly and easily with this simple trick!

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References

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