How to Use Hair Removal Cream on the Face

Unwanted and unsightly facial hair can be embarrassing. Because the skin on your face can be very sensitive, de-fuzzing your face with waxing is difficult and painful. Hair removal cream, also known as a depilatory cream, can serve as a painless option that removes hair from the upper-lip, sideburns or chin in five minutes or less. These smelly -- and potentially irritating creams -- contain chemicals that help to dissolve hair, allowing it to be wiped away following application.

Facial hair removal cream can give you smooth, hair-free skin. (Image: Design Pics/Design Pics/Getty Images)

Step 1

Read the directions carefully before use. While many facial hair removal creams are applied in a similar manner, there may be exceptions with every product. Make sure you understand exactly how to use the cream and be aware of any potential side effects that can occur as a result of the application.

Step 2

Test the cream on a small patch of skin that is not on your face. Apply the cream to your arm or even leg in a 1-inch square. Do not rub in the cream, but instead allow it to rest on top of the skin. Leave on for three to four minutes, then remove a small portion to see if the hair was removed. If not, leave on for a few more minutes. Do not, however, exceed 10 minutes of application time, according to

Step 3

Rinse the test patch off and wait for 10 to 15 minutes to observe any additional effects on the area. If the patch appears red, irritated or develops a rash-like reaction, cease usage of the product. However, if the skin does not appear to have any adverse effects, you can proceed with use.

Step 4

Take a hot shower or apply a hot towel to your face prior to application. This will help to soften the hair follicles, making them easier to remove.

Step 5

Squeeze the hair removal cream onto your fingers and then apply in an even layer to your face. Completely cover the area where you have unwanted hair. The layer of cream should also be thick enough to ensure your hair can be effectively removed.

Step 6

Wait for the time recommended on the packaging. Ten minutes typically is the maximum limit. Refrain from leaving the cream on any longer than necessary as chemical burns can result if the product is left on too long, according to

Step 7

Use a warm, damp washcloth to remove the product. You may wish to use an old washcloth as the cream can sometimes discolor the cloth.

Step 8

Pat the area dry with another towel and be sure your hair removal cream bottle or jar is completely closed in order to prevent spills between uses.

Things You'll Need

  • Washcloth

  • Depilatory


Do not use hair removal cream on any areas of broken skin. Doing so can result in chemical burns and severe irritation.

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