How Koreans Remove Facial Hair? 7 Facial Hair Removal Methods Koreans Love!

by Jih Yun

Looking for effective facial hair removal method? Here’s how Koreans remove facial hair. Check it out!

Humans normally spend a lot of time making sure that they look good, they eat the right kind of foods, drink plenty of fluids and not to forget spending huge amounts of money on skin care products that they are not even sure of. One of the most popular skin regimes that humans invest in majorly is on the removal of facial hair.

All humans have facial hair, even your favourite actor or actress or sports person will have facial hair. We’re all hairy people and there is nothing to be ashamed of. For all you know, hairy skin is healthy because hair follicles have a network of blood vessels, nerves and fat that protect your skin and, if and when required, speed up the healing process. 

That being said, you could be reasonably conscious about the way they look and thus are not a very big fan of peach fuzz. There are a myriad of ways to get rid of unwanted facial hair. However, if you think you have excessive facial hair, my advice would be that you seek medical help as it could be the cause of an underlying condition.

Koreans don’t have a lot of facial hair. This is predominantly due to their genetics. Although there are many Korean men who have a decent amount of facial hair growth, they prefer to shave their beards and moustaches regularly in order to look clean as well as presentable.

Korean women prefer men who do not have beards or moustaches as that is a sign of laziness, poverty and even unhygienic according to some. This is where the demand for facial hair removal products becomes the highest. 

One would be shocked if we came across a Korean woman who doesn’t have flawless, hauntingly beautiful skin. This is because for Koreans taking care of their skin and looks is an ultimate investment, worthy not only of their money but also their time.

Facial hair removal treatments are a huge part of their daily lives for Koreans, whether it means shaving every day for men or booking waxing sessions amongst their busy schedules for women. The least to say these methods of constant hair removal can become taxing, problematic and it can also be the cause of low self esteem as people tend to become very insecure about their looks.

Even though having facial hair is a completely normal thing for men and women, still people have been continuously searching for different kinds of painless or inexpensive methods to bring a permanent solution to this problem. For some people, excessive hair growth could be caused by various underlying conditions like hormone imbalance, for some it could be due to being overweight or it could also be the side effect of a medication that they are taking. 

Particularly among women, an abnormal hair growth problem could be due to PCOS or hyperthyroidism which causes a hormonal imbalance in their body and it is also a reason for weight gain.

So let us look into the various methods that Korean men and women are adhering to for their facial hair removal. One of the most common method being shaving, then comes hot waxing, tweezers, hair removal creams, laser hair removal treatments, intense pulse light, electrolysis. 

How Koreans Remove Facial Hair


This method is most common for legs and arms. Men use the method for their face too. However for women, using this technique on their face could result in thicker hair growth and coarse facial skin. Shaving can also cause ingrowth of hair.

Hot waxing

This is one of the most accessible and popular method of hair removal especially amongst women. In this treatment hot wax is applied on the area of your skin to trap the hair and wax removal strips are used to pull the hair out. 

One can do this at home or get it done by a professional at any salon. Hot waxing is a very painful method of hair removal and it is also very messy. If the wax is too hot you can also get a burn. That being said, this method removes the hair from its root, thus leaving beautifully smooth skin without any dark spots unlike in shaving. 

The skin remains smooth for 3 to 4 weeks until new hair begin to grow back. One drawback of this treatment is that hair needs to be left unshaved for a few days before you can book your next waxing session. This creates a period of time where the hair is growing back and the skin doesn’t feel very smooth. Many women use this technique to remove hair in the bikini area and even on their upper lip.


Also known as plucking, tweezing can again be a painful method for removing facial hair but it could be a good option for those who have few hairs to remove. It is most commonly used when shaping eyebrows and for certain stray facial hairs that appear in awkward regions. It is not advised to use this method for large areas as this method can be very tedious and can also cause scarring.

Hair removal creams

Also known as depilatory creams, hair removal creams are available at any drug store and one does not require a prescription to purchase these. Please ensure that you read the label before purchasing a hair removal cream because some of the creams are specific to certain parts of your body. 

You must also be sure to follow the directions of use provided on the cream so they do not end up burning their skin or having a rash due to leaving the cream on for longer than mentioned. If you have a history of any allergic reaction then ensure that you first test a little bit of the cream by applying it on your arm first to make sure you don’t have a bad reaction to it.

Laser hair removal treatment 

This is one of the most long lasting methods of hair removal. It requires four or more sittings over a period of 4-6 weeks time. One drawback of this treatment is that it can be effective only on dark hair. 

A laser beam or a light pulse gets converted into heat energy which in turn destroys the hair bulb or hair follicle. The treatment is expensive and painful. It can be used on any part of your body which has unwanted hair growth. 

You must ensure to select a trained professional or a qualified doctor for such treatments. Top up sessions are required to be done every two years on an average to maintain the hairlessness.

Intense pulse light

This method is very similar to that of laser hair removal where it uses light energy to damage hair follicles. However, the difference is that the light wavelength it uses is of many different types as compared to laser hair removal treatment where intense concentrated light wavelengths are used. 

This means that the light is scattered and only some of it is used for the process of hair removal making the process less efficient. The hair regrowth is also faster as compared to laser treatment. 


This method can be done on any part of your body. In this method of hair removal a professional places tiny needles with an electric current in the hair follicles. When it comes to electrolysis there are two primary hair removal techniques. One is Galvanic hair removal which chemically destroys hair follicle. The other is Thermolytic hair removal which uses heat to destroy the hair follicle.

There are certain factors that go into the decision making of which treatment could be right for you. Firstly cost of treatment, secondly skin condition and last but not the least is the downtime.

Which Korean hair Removal Method would be best for you?

Cost of the Hair Removal Method

Amongst all the methods of hair removal that we discussed above, laser hair removal is the costliest of all followed by electrolysis and then waxing and the rest of them follow. 

Laser treatment is seen as a cost effective treatment because after completing the course parts of your skin will not have any hair growth at all. Furthermore, the more top up sessions a person does the more permanent the results get and longer the hairlessness lasts. 

IPL and Electrolysis may give permanent results after multiple sessions but that also depends on your hair texture. Coarse, thick hair require more sessions compared to light hair.

Hot waxing is a continuous treatment and one must get it done every 3-4 weeks. 

The cost also depends on the area that someone wants to treat. A full body treatment will surely cost more than a particular area on your body.

Skin condition

Those who have really sensitive skin or some people with acne prone skin should be very careful before committing to such treatments as they may cause further irritation to the skin. 

Also as a person ages, so does their skin as it keeps getting thinner. So since a person’s age determines the elasticity of their skin so this also becomes a factor when choosing which treatment would be most suited for them.

For those with thin skin, laser or IPL are the best options as in these treatments even if the skin gets heated, it is cooled down immediately. 

Downtime after hair removal

IPL, electrolysis and laser hair removal have no downtime. The individual can return to their daily activities but it is recommended that they don’t take part in intense physical activity for around 24 hours after the session. For waxing, the person will have to clean up afterwards but other than that the downtime is very minimum.

I shall conclude by saying that beauty is relative. Whether you’re the furriest of bears or the most polished of twinkle-toed twinks; whether you can grow the burliest of beards or become the smoothest of Kpop stars, it all doesn’t matter. What matters is how you practice self-acceptance and love. Because when you carry that confidence with you it shows. And that’s sexy, no matter the culture, place, or standard of beauty.

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