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How to Remove Peach Fuzz on Your Face

There’s an option for everyone!
November 22, 2023


Peach fuzz grows all over the body (face included), and everyone has it. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, but many TikTok creators and beauty influencers are electing to shave their face in the name of exfoliation and smoother makeup application. Commonly referred to as face shaving, removing peach fuzz is totally a personal choice that can have skin and makeup application benefits. Read on to learn about how to remove peach fuzz at home temporarily and permanently. 


What Is Peach Fuzz?

Peach fuzz is that super fine, lightly colored hair on your face that resembles the fuzz on the skin of a peach (hence the name). These soft hairs typically appear under the nose, on the chin, or sometimes on the cheeks and are common on all skin types and skin tones. While these hairs are generally not very visible from afar, removing them is a personal preference that, for some, may offer cosmetic benefits like a smoother makeup application.


Is It Okay to Remove Peach Fuzz on Your Face?

According to the Cleveland Clinic, peach fuzz, also known as vellus hair, grows all over the body to protect the skin and regulate body heat. If you don’t like the way vellus hair looks, you can remove it. Know that it will not grow back thicker: That is a myth because the hair will feel softer as it grows back, per the Cleveland Clinic.  


What Is the Best Way to Remove Peach Fuzz on the Face?

If you are set on parting ways with your peach fuzz, there are plenty of different means you can take to remove it. Regardless of which hair removal route you choose, just know that it won’t cause your peach fuzz to grow back thicker, darker, or faster. Feel free to choose from any of these options below to say bye to those wispy little hairs.


1. Waxing

One of the most common methods for hair removal on your eyebrows, waxing can also be used for peach fuzz on your face. Whether you use an at-home kit or head to the salon, the process is pretty standard. First, soft melted wax is applied to the area in question, then given time to cool and harden. 


Next, a fabric is placed on top then pulled off in the opposite direction that the wax was spread, removing hair from the root in the process. If you use hard wax, the process is the same except there will be no fabric needed, and you’ll instead pull the wax (and the hair) off of your skin by itself.


Editor’s tip: After waxing, soothe the skin with a lightweight moisturizer like L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives Micro Hyaluronic Acid + Ceramides Line-Plumping Water Cream. It’s packed with ceramides and hyaluronic acid to deeply hydrate and strengthen the skin barrier. 


2. Sugaring

Nearly the same process as waxing, sugaring is a hair-removal method that can also be used to remove peach fuzz. Rather than using traditional wax, the process uses a sugar paste to remove hair, including peach fuzz. A melted sugar mixture is applied to the hair and, once cooled, is rolled and pulled away from the skin, removing hair as it’s pulled off.


3. Threading

Threading involves using a loop of thread to pluck the hair away from your skin. This popular hair removal technique originated in India and is best known for creating sculpted brows — it also works wonders for removing facial fuzz. Since threading lifts the hair from the follicle, your hair will grow back thinner and finer. 


4. Hair Removal Cream

Hair removal creams are another popular method for removing peach fuzz. Known as depilatories, hair removal creams, gels, and lotions affect the protein structure of hair, causing peach fuzz to dissolve and easily wipe away. If you go this route, it’s important to use a hair removal cream that’s been formulated specifically for the face to avoid irritation. 


5. Shaving

Just as you can with any other facial hair, you can shave unwanted peach fuzz. Rather than reaching for the same razor you use on your legs, opt for a gentler option by using a small, single blade razor specifically meant for use on your face.


6. Bleaching

While not quite a hair removal method, many people opt to bleach their peach fuzz rather than get rid of it completely. This is especially the case for those with dark hair who deal with more prominent peach fuzz on their face. By using a bleach that’s safe for your face, you can lighten your peach fuzz so that it’s less visible.


3 Non-DIY Ways to Remove Peach Fuzz

If you love a good spa day and would rather sit back and relax for a hair removal treatment by a pro, try these three options below.


1. Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal involves using a concentrated beam of light to remove unwanted hairs, as the Mayo Clinic reports. Laser hair removal delays hair growth for long periods of time, and when the strands do grow back, they’ll be finer and much more sparse than before. There are different kinds of lasers that work best for different skin tones, so talk with your provider about which treatment options are best for you.


2. Electrolysis

If you want totally permanent peach fuzz removal, opt for electrolysis. According to Cleveland Clinic, the process involves a trained electrologist inserting a thin wire into the hair follicle. An electric current will then move down the wire to the bottom of the follicle, destroying the hair root. That follicle damage is what will then prevent hair from growing back, and it will cause the existing hair that’s there to fall out.


3. Dermaplaning

Dermaplaning is a popular facial treatment that gently exfoliates the top layer of skin to remove dead skin cells and peach fuzz. According to Cleveland Clinic, a surgeon uses a hand-held instrument called a dermatome, which resembles an electric razor or a surgical blade, to gently skim off the top layer of skin. The result is smoother, glowier skin and your makeup also appears smoother and less textured because it lays closer to the skin. Since dermaplaning uses a scalpel-like blade to remove the top layer of skin, it’s best left to a professional. 


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