Methods to remove unwanted hair

What is a hair growth inhibitor? Do they work?




Removing facial and body hair can be frustrating and time consuming. You have probably seen products that claim to slow down hair growth. You may be wondering What is a hair growth inhibitor? Do they work?

What is a hair growth inhibitor?

Hair inhibitors are topical lotion that work by changing the structure and texture of the hair follicle.

The lotion will weaken the hair shaft with each application. The hair will grow back at a much slower rate. New hair will grow back finer and lighter. This will make it easier to remove and less visible. Hair growth inhibitors need to be used for several weeks and on a regular basis to see results. The results are not permanent. These lotions will not remove hair by themselves. They are meant to be used in conjunction with another form of hair removal.

Natural vs prescription

Natural hair inhibitors are made from plant enzymes. They are safe to use and do not side have effects unless you are allergic to the ingredients in the product. You can purchase them over the counter and online. Most of these products can be used anywhere on your face or body.


Vaniqa is the only cream approved by the FDA that has clinically shown to reduce of the rate facial hair growth in women. It is not approved for other areas of the body. Vaniqa is applied topically twice a day, eight hours apart, every day for best results. A prescription from your doctor is required. Some women report seeing effective results in 4-8 weeks. Eflornithine hydrochloride cream 13.9% is the main ingredient.

Possible side effects are acne, hair bumps, stinging of the skin, headache, dry skin, itching, irritation of the skin, indigestion, rash, hair loss and dizziness. Vaniqa is expensive. The 30g tube costs between $77 and $85, while the cost of the 45g Vaniqa tube costs between $160 and $200.Unfortunetly most U.S health insurance will not co pay or cover the cost of the prescription. Sadly they consider this to be a vanity issue. I hope this will change in the future.

How to use

Hair growth inhibitor lotions are easy to use. Apply the lotion and massage into your skin immediately after your normal hair removal routine. These products can be used after shaving but work best with hair removal methods that remove hair from the roots.

DIY recipes

Some women prefer to make their own hair growth inhibitor at home. There are several recipes available online. The most effective ones contain an Indian spice called Turmeric. Here are a few you might want to try:


Turmeric mask 1


  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon of flour
  • 2 tablespoons of milk


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until you get a thick paste.
  2. Apply the mask in the direction of the hair growth, and then scrub in the opposite direction.
  3. Allow to dry for 10 minutes.
  4. Rinse with warm water.
  5. Repeat 3 times per week.



Turmeric Mask 2


  • ½ bowl of sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons of turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon extract


  1. Boil the water. Add the sugar, and let it boil until you get sticky, syrup
  2. Let the sugar syrup cool down, and then add turmeric and lemon extract. Stir the ingredients to get a thick paste
  3. Apply the paste and let it dry for 10 minutes.
  4. Scrub in a circular motion, After 5 minutes, rinse your face.
  5. Rinse with warm water.
  6. Repeat three times per week.

Turmeric Mask 3


  • 1 tablespoon papaya paste
  • 3 tablespoons aloe Vera gel
  • 1 tablespoon mustard oil
  • 1/4 tablespoon gram flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowel to make a thick paste.
  2. Apply paste in the opposite direction of hair growth.
  3. Allow the paste to dry for 15 minutes.
  4. Remove the dried paste by massaging in the opposite direction of hair growth.
  5. Rinse the area with water.
  6. Repeat 3 times per week.

Turmeric mask 4




  • 1-3 teaspoon raw papaya
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder


  1. Peel and crush the raw papaya.
  2. Mix the papaya paste with the turmeric powder.
  3. Apply the paste and massage in circular motions in the opposite direction of the hair growth.
  4. Let mask dry for 10 minutes.
  5. Rinse with warm water.
  6. Repeat 3 times per week.

Turmeric is messy and it will stain counter tops, finger nails and skin. You might want to wear gloves while applying it. Coconut oil will remove the stains from your skin.


Hair growth inhibitors work well when they are used in cohesion with other hair removal methods. They do not result in permanent hair removal but can significantly reduce the amount of time between sessions. Over the counter inhibitors usually contain natural ingredients that do not cause side effects. Making your own turmeric mask is another option. These products are not miracle cures that work overnight. I would use any of these products for at least 3 months to determine if they were effective.

What do you think? Are you going to try using a hair growth inhibitor?

Let me know in the comments below.


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  1. Arta says:

    Thank you for the helpful article on hair growth inhibitors. The Vaniqa cream is really expensive and I don’t like the possibility of side effects. I didn’t know that turmeric can be used as hair growth inhibitor. Have you tried using yourself or perhaps have read about the experience of other women with this natural remedy? Does it Help? Wouldn’t want to try it out for 3 months to find out it is not working 🙂

    1. admin says:

      Several women in a PCOS group I belong to have reported success using the turmeric masks.That is why I included the in the article. I like to give people options. I tried it myself but did not keep up with it long enough to find out if it was effective. I found it to be very messy. The turmeric stains everything and I did not like waiting for it to dry. I personally prefer to use a commercial hair growth inhibitor made with natural ingredients. It is much easier . You just rub it in like any lotion and go.

  2. Laura says:

    Great post! Something I’ve often thought about. I waxed from a young age and because of it I think saw a difference in my legs.
    But if the hair inhibitor worked would be very interesting.
    What body part do you think it would be really effective that may surprise people reading?

    1. admin says:

      Hi Laura,

      Some women use it above , below and between their eyebrows after plucking or waxing. A lot of people probably would not think about using it there.

  3. Jackie says:

    In the past year or so I’ve noticed more facial hair around my chin. It’s course and burley which is not only inconvenient but embarrassing too. I’m happy to know about Vaniqa. Also, what a bonus to get your Turmeric DIY recipes. I’ve bookmarked and am going to definitely try them ALL! Thank you!

    1. admin says:

      Hi Jackie,

      I hope the turmeric recipes work well for you. You are definitely not alone struggling with facial hair. 

  4. Carole says:

    Nice article! I love that you share with us recipes to do hair growth inhibitors at home. I will certainly try one of these as I hate to remove my facial hair. Thanks to having shared all those instructive information.
    All the best,

    1. Hi Carole,
      Your welcome. Let me know if one of these worked out well for you.

  5. Caro says:

    Nice article!
    You gave a lot of information about the Vaniqa products which is good as we can make our own decision. And I like that you shared recipes to do hair growth inhibitor at home.  I will be trying one of the recipes this weekend. I will let you know how it works out.

    All the best!

    1. admin says:


      Let me know which recipe you used and how you liked it.

  6. asmithxu says:


    Thanks for the information. I enjoy swimming but hate having to shave all of the time. I have heard about creams that can prevent hair growth but honestly it is hard for me to trust any of them.

    I love all of the homemade creams that you have on here and honestly have most of the ingredient. I will definitely try out tumeric mask 1- it seems like the easiest one to start with.

    I’m a little worried about the staining so it seems like a good idea to start with an inconspicuous location. Thank you again for this wonderful information.

    1. admin says:

      Hi asmithxu,

      The turmeric cream does take a little bit of time to see results, but seems to be the most effective one I shared. I hope that it works well for you.

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