How to Use 600 Grit Sandpaper to Remove Facial Hair

by Audra Dean

Hair removal can be a pain not only for your skin, but for your wallet. Shaving can cause ingrown hairs on sensitive areas, and quality blades can be rather expensive. Waxing is not only costly, but can be extremely painful. However, there are other options. Sandpaper hair removal has been around since the 1950s. You can purchase sandpaper hair-removal devices from the store, but you can also make your own if you want to spend less money and achieve the same effect.

Items you will need

  • 600-grit (very fine) sandpaper
  • Nail file
  • Moisturizer
Step 1

Wash your face and dry the skin thoroughly.

Step 2

Remove the backing from a small piece of 600-grit sandpaper. The back of the sandpaper should be sticky.

Step 3

Press the adhesive side of the sandpaper onto the back of a nail file, attaching the sandpaper to the file. The file should be small enough so that you can remove hair from hard-to-reach areas, such as the upper lip.

Step 4

Rub the sandpaper against the area of your face from which you wish to remove hair, in a circular, clockwise motion. Do this a few times, then rub the sandpaper in a circular, counterclockwise motion.

Step 5

Continue these two steps until the hair is removed.

Step 6

Apply facial moisturizer to the skin to prevent drying out or irritation.


  • For sensitive skin, rub the sandpaper against the palm of your hand a few times to soften the grit. If your skin becomes irritated, stop rubbing and discontinue hair removal for 24 hours. If irritation continues, do not use this hair-removal method. If you want to remove hair from larger parts of your body, attach a larger piece of sandpaper to a brush or the palm of a glove.


  • Rub the sandpaper against your skin softly and slowly. Harsh motions can tear or damage your skin. Rub the sandpaper against your skin only in a circular motion. Any other motion can irritate your skin. Do not use any grit below 600, as it can damage your skin.