According to Hudson’s Guide, the ability to grow facial hair is based on genetic makeup, and though there are some medical treatments for facial hair growth, most have too many side effects to use routinely. However, supporters of home remedies claim that there are some that can be used to grow facial hair. These claims have not been evaluated by the FDA however, so you should consult your doctor before beginning any type of home treatment.
Rosemary Essential Oil and Coconut Oil
According to Melanie A. Sachs, author of “Ayurvedic Beauty Care,” practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine and beauty care use a mixture of rosemary essential oil and coconut oil to increase hair growth on both the scalp and face. To use rosemary essential oil, make a mixture that is one part rosemary essential oil and ten parts raw, pure coconut oil. Gently dab a clean cotton ball or pad in the mixture and apply it to the skin. Leave the mixture on for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing the skin with cool water. There is no need to wash your face with soap unless the rosemary essential oil irritates your skin. You can apply this mixture to the skin up to two times per day. Note that is it is important to maintain the ten-to-one ratio when using essential oils to avoid irritating your face.
Amla Oil and Mustard Leaves
According to Sachs, a mixture of Amla oil and mustard leaves is commonly used to help facial hair grow faster. To use Amla oil and mustard leaves, mix one-quarter cup natural Amla oil and three tablespoons mustard leaves in a blender and blend until the mixture forms a smooth paste. Apply the mixture to your face in the bathtub or shower and leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse your face with cool water before washing with a gentle cleanser. You can use this treatment daily as long as the Amla oil or mustard leaves do not irritate your skin. You can store unused portions of this mixture in the refrigerator for two to three days.
Lime Juice and Cinnamon Powder
According to Vasant Lad, author of "The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies," you can use a mixture of lime juice and cinnamon powder on your face to help facial hair grow faster. To use lime juice and cinnamon powder on the skin, mix two tablespoons freshly-squeezed or all-natural lime juice and one teaspoon cinnamon powder in a small mixing bowl or measuring cup. Thoroughly blend the mixture with a spoon before applying a thin layer to the face. Leave the mixture on for 25 to 30 minutes before rinsing the skin with cool water and washing with a gentle cleanser to remove the sugar from the lime juice. Pat the skin dry with a clean towel and apply your regular moisturizer to keep the skin from drying out. You can repeat this treatment two times daily as long as no irritation occurs.
- "Ayurvedic Beauty Care"; Melanie A. Sachs; 1994
- "The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies"; Vasant Lad; 1999
- Hudson's Guide: Facial Hair: Growth and Grooming
Christopher Godwin is a freelance writer from Los Angeles. He spent his formative years as a chef and bartender crafting signature dishes and cocktails as the head of an upscale catering firm. He has since ventured into sharing original creations and expertise with the public. Godwin has published poetry, fiction and nonfiction in publications like "Spork Magazine," "Cold Mountain Review" and "From Abalone To Zest."