Lip Hair Removal By Shaving, Creams, and Permanently

How do I get rid of upper lip hair? The unwanted hair, especially in women, can make their lips look less appealing or render them not being readily kissable.

What can you do to get rid of fluffy, frizzy hair, sideburns or mustache? Which is the best method to use for long-lasting or permanent lip hair removal results?

Removal ways

Below are the various possible removal ways.

1. Shaving

Shaving is the easiest, faster, and most common way of removing unwanted hair, mustache, or overgrowths. The technique used in shaving will determine the possible outcomes. In addition, the tools or machines you use can also say more about the results.

Tools used in shaving by men include razors, trimmer (machines) and hair clippers.

Most men use shaving techniques often. Whatever kind of tools you choose, ensure that they are in good condition and clean. This reduces chances of infection, irritation or such discomforts while shaving or shortly after shaving.

How best can you prepare for perfect after-shaving results? Many people have no problem with shaving. However:

  • If you have course upper lip hair select a good cream or moisturizer to apply before shaving
  • Use single-blade razors
  • Hold your razor handle away from the upper lips preferably 45degree angle
  • Shave gently in one direction of its growth
  • Otherwise, use a trimmer if you notice you develop razor bumps
  • Be careful with selection of after-shave products to reduce irritation or control bumps

Shaving is used the least by women.

2. Waxing

Lip waxing as a method a removal is a form of getting rid of unwanted hair with temporary results.

Tips for good results after waxing:

For any skin type, facial cleaning or cleansing is mandatory. Cleansing is one of the perfect ways of preparing for lip waxing. However, it should be done on time if you know you are going to wax the next 24 hours or so.

Use some kind of mild cleanser. The product you will use to do cleansing may differ depending on your skin condition.

Other factors to consider for good results/to avoid bad outcomes.

  • Do not shower before cleansing or when you are about to do lip waxing
  • For those with rather oily upper lips and areas around chin applying a baby powder or talcum will improve post-waxing expectations
  • Avoid lip waxing if your lips or mouth is sunburnt
  • Do not take hot showers when you are about to wax lips
  • If you have recurring episodes of lip herpes or cold sores
  • Recent surgery, skin treatments or certain medication such as steroids or blood-thinning medications
  • Naturally sensitive skin

Side effects:

Besides it (salon lip waxing) being costly, some of the possible side effects may include the following.

  • Intense pain
  • Increased chances or being prone to ingrown hairs
  • Formation of red bumps especially in people with increased lip sensitivity
  • Minor bleeding can also occur

3. Threading

What is threading lip hair as a removal? Is threading better than waxing or shaving?

Threading as a technique, a thin strip of a thread is twisted and rolled over the areas with unwanted hair. It is used mostly on the upper lips. As the thread rolls over, hair can be trimmed or pulled out in multiples. This allows for proper shaping if done more precisely.

Unfortunately, it causes unnecessary pain and possibly can lead to irritation.

4. Plucking or tweezing

This refers to removing hair by pulling out single shafts using your hands or a pair of tools (tweezers).

Tweezing or plucking are considered traditional methods but interestingly some have used it recently. This method can be used for non-pigmented hair on upper lip especially when they are only a few.

Like threading, tweezing particularly can cause pain.

5. Using an epilator

Epilation can also be used on the upper lip hair removal with specially-made machines called epilators.

6. Depilatory creams

Moving on, depilatory or hair removal creams is another quick way (mustache, beard, sideburns,

Likely side effects of depilatory creams

Some of the side effects due to use of creams on lips or around mouth include:

  • Skin irritation
  • Burns with the wrong choice of creams or kits
  • Increased sensitivity

7. Topical treatments

Topical treatments are targeting growth of hair. This treatment is provided by dermatologists to reduce the its growth. However, this is no guarantee it will not growing back.

8. Laser removal

Is laser the best way to remove unwanted hair from the upper lips?

Laser hair removal may be a treatment for you. With its long-lasting results, a laser is comparatively and arguably better than use of creams and other creams.

Some of the reasons why laser can be a suitable option for you include:

  • It can be applied to any skin color or complexion
  • Grey to dark or black or pigmented hair
  • Course or finer hair
  • Women affected by hormonal problems such as PCOS

The degree of success from laser treatment may also depend on your preparation and facial care. Therefore, if you have planned for your first appointment, avoid plucking or tweezing or waxing among other methods such as applying creams.

Potential side effects or health risks of laser hair removal

Can laser have side effects on my body? Known for its long-lasting to potentially permanent results and after-treatment satisfactory, laser patients sometimes report back a few side effects.

  • While pain and redness is less-expected some still complain
  • Although it is rare, some clients may experience burns and risk of blistering
  • Crusting skin is uncommon but viable after blistering
  • If you do not follow the right channel in terms of preparation, aftercare and treatment, potential permanent scarring on your facial area is likely to occur
  • Another risk is infection

9. Electrolysis

Is your hair type limiting you from going for laser treatment? Consider electrolysis. In this method, each ollicle is destroyed hence prohibiting hairs from growing back.

In real sense, “electric current is applied that creates heat and chemical reactions to destroy the follicles capacity to produce another hair.” []

In modern techniques of electrolysis, a fine but blunt-edged surgical instrument can be inserted into individual follicles.

This is another best removal option that highly guarantees a permanent hair removal after several sessions or depending on amount of hair existing on your face. These are some of the benefits of lip hair removal by electrolysis.

  • Unlike laser, electrolysis success is higher in terms of permanent removal
  • Electrolysis can be used for any kind of hair color- whether it is course, light, dark or black pigment
  • It can also be used to get rid of thick mass strands or mustache above upper lips
  • It is FDA approved

With proper systems in place, electrolysis has least skin discomforts. At least mild burning can occur but lasts shortly. Al in all, different clients will have personal experiences with varying responses.

Why you don’t get good results

What methods do you use during lip hair removal? How do you do it? Some removal methods that are not very appropriate for your lip hair type, the way you do, how often you remove it yourself. These comprise the following.

  • Shaving poorly or more frequently
  • Plucking especially if you have thick or Chevron mustache
  • Home waxing too often
  • Aggressive threading
  • Wrong choice of removal products such as depilatory creams
  • Too many trials with little or without training especially lip waxing and threading
  • Ignorance – for instance, many people take it for granted to go for allergy checks before using depilatory creams

Home Remedies – Do they work?

Do home remedies actually work in removing lip hair? There are lots of trials and errors with home remedies. Results are very limited. In many cases, some never get results wanted regardless of the kind of hair that exists in the mouth.


  1. WebMD
  3. Advanced Medical Electrolysis
  4. Tweezing: Wikipedia