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Unwanted body hair? Stunt it with soy milk

by Ken Winston Caine

Soy milk, applied daily to patches of unwanted body hair, stunts its growth, strips its pigment and reduces the diameter of the follicle and hair shaft, according to this fascinating patent application.

The effect is substantial and noticeable within five weeks, according to the mouse and human studies (with photos) presented in the application.

Interestingly, soy milk fortified with a small amount of a soy isoflavone solution, enhanced and speeded the effect.

The initial application was made in a freshly shaved area. Then after that, the area was treated once daily with the soy milk solution and microscopic measurements and photos were taken weekly.

The human test involved leg hair. Hair on one leg was treated daily. Hair on the treated leg was about 1/4 less thick in four weeks, held less pigment, was substantially shorter and and fell out sooner than the untreated hair in the same area on the opposite leg. In addition, the “resting phase” — the period between when a hair falls out and a new hair sprouts from the same follicle– took longer on the treated legs.

People in the study commented that the treated hair was much softer, besides being thinner.

It is believed that with continued, extended treatment, the diameter and follicles of hair in the treatment area would continue to shrink, the hair growth rate would continue to slow and the hair would lose more and more pigment until the follicle became so small that the hair ceased to grow at all.

Now….if I can just figure out how to spray and rub soy milk onto my back…

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35 Responses to “Unwanted body hair? Stunt it with soy milk”

  1. Vredeskind
    September 11th, 2007 02:31

    It cannot be pasteurized soy milk, pasteurization (super heating)destroys all the necessary natural proteins that are needed to make this work, it has to be fresh and raw.

    Hair should be plucked or removed somehow, and this area is then doused with raw soymilk

    Soybeans can be easily purchased, soaked in water, blended up, and applied.

  2. ken winston caine
    September 11th, 2007 10:39

    Good clarification, Vredeskind.

    Wish I could report that I had great, noticeable results from this. I made my own soy milk, shaved a number of areas and applied it daily for about six weeks.

    I got tired of slathering the milk on my body after showering before I could determine whether I was getting any significant results.

    WISH I had applied to only one side of the body, so I could see clearly whether growth was slower on that side. But I did not.

    It did seem to slow growth in one area of my body and not in another, but I’m not at all sure whether that was simply a case of wishful wanting and subjective observation.

    If this truly does stunt hair growth — as the patent study seems to indicate — I suspect it will require much longer than a six week trial for long-lasting results.

  3. Vredeskind
    September 12th, 2007 09:58

    Soybeans contain both proteins for inhibiting growth and to stimulate growth.

    In order to inhibit growth you should not shave, because it’ll stimulate the growth somehow!!

    You should remove the hair complete, pluck or tweeze the hair so you’ll get a hole where the hair was.

    The hole closes more and more from that moment on, you’ll have plus minus 3 days to apply the unpasteurized soy milk.
    Don’t be gentle, the more you’ll use the better the chance that the protein gets through the hole and takes it’s effect to inhibit it’s growth.

    It is really confusing, because it has both potentials to stimulate growth and to inhibit growth.

    If only yoú knew how to use it the better the effect you get for what you want.

    This should be known to help everyone, confusion should be cleared up.!!

    Vredeskind, from the Netherlands

  4. james bond
    December 23rd, 2007 05:25

    What about the product from Aveeno? it has a lotion with soy and it says it helps on the unwanted bodyhair? The trial was funded by Johnson and johnson and aveeno is owned by them.

    So the lotion they have must include the correct proteins in sufficient amount ??

    what do you guys think?

  5. ken winston caine
    December 26th, 2007 10:59

    What is the product name, James, and what stores do you see it in?

    I’ll look at it.

  6. toria
    November 9th, 2008 14:14

    so does it work im confused

  7. ken winston caine
    November 9th, 2008 14:28

    The patent study suggests that it does. Slowly.

    Ultimately I didn’t have the patience to find out.

    As I vaguely recall, after about a month of slathering soy milk on myself after a shower, I got tired of the ritual and of smelling like soybeans all day.

  8. Judie Fizer
    November 9th, 2008 20:55

    Was it the proteins or the phyto-estrogens which can counteract testosterone which can cause unwanted hair?

  9. ken winston caine
    November 12th, 2008 09:51

    Interesting, isn’t it, Judie?

    What I recall is the mechanism by which it works (if it really does). It slowly inflames and shrinks the follicle, which causes an ever thinner hair to grow until finally no hair grows from the follicle.

    That’s the same process that takes place in typical male pattern baldness hairloss. In typical balding hairloss, it is believed that dehydrotestosterone is a factor in causing the inflammation that leads to the tightening of the follicle. (Although probably much more is at play — the science of baldness is in its infancy.)

    I don’t recall whether the studies identified what it is about soy in topical application that causes eventual hairloss. It might be an enzyme. I’ll have to dig into this again to see if researchers have definitively answered your question.

  10. ken winston caine
    November 12th, 2008 10:18

    Went back and re-read the patent study. The researchers postulate that the hair follicle reduction is caused by “serine protease inhibitors” in the soy formula. Those are inhibitors of enzymes that break down protein.

    They don’t say HOW that causes the hair loss.

    And, if you follow the link to the study in the post above and read deeply into it, you’ll find instructions for making a simple extract using only water and soybean flour.

    Also, the study did not suggest that shaving was any less effective than waxing the areas to be treated. When studying humans, they shaved male faces before applying the solution daily, and they waxed legs that were tested.

    The soy solution produced noticeable results within four weeks with both methods and in a doubleblind where no one knew which area was being treated with the real solution and which with the dummy solution.

    I also noted upon re-reading the study, that the researchers solved the “bean odor” problem that I encountered by using only certain varieties of soybean.

  11. toria
    November 19th, 2008 19:42

    so how soon will i see results? 4 weeks?

  12. ken winston caine
    November 19th, 2008 21:01

    Hi Toria:

    I’m not sure that it does work, but I think it does. Skim through the patent study and you’ll see what kinds of results were accomplished in what timeframes.

    The study is linked in the article above.


  13. sally
    June 15th, 2011 19:52

    can u use soy sauce?

  14. ken winston caine
    June 15th, 2011 20:57

    Sally, I don’t think that would work. Soy milk is simply a hot water extract of soy beans. Soy sauce goes through a lot more processing. Plus I think the tremendous amount of salt in soy sauce could be injurious to the skin cells, would toughen the skin and give an undesirable effect if used daily.

  15. Dawnos
    July 26th, 2011 12:25

    To Vredeskind – or anybody that knows – can edamame beans be used? (to make the soy water). Also I looked at something called Kalo a supposedly all natural thing that causes permanent hair removal but is contains lots of nasty chemiocals and deprives you of sulphur – would that affect your skin health over time if it the sulphur removal stunts hair growth? Cheers

  16. ken winston caine
    July 31st, 2011 17:53

    Dawnos, I know nothing about Kalo.

    Am wondering why you would want to use edamame? Endamame is young, fresh soybeans in the pod. You don’t make soy milk from them. And they are much more expensive than hulled, dry soy beans. (For some odd reason.)

    Hulled, dry soy beans may be the most inexpensive high protein natural food you can buy.

    Here’s my recipe for making your own soy milk from dried soybeans:

  17. Jim
    September 2nd, 2011 16:12

    Can I also use Organic Soy Oil instead of Raw Soy Milk?

  18. ken winston caine
    September 3rd, 2011 13:34

    If soy oil contains an equivalent amount of the “serine protease inhibitors,” then it should work as well as raw soy milk — if soy milk works at all. However, I don’t know whether soy oil contains those protein inhibitors. If you find an assay showing that it does, please post a link here.

  19. George
    January 5th, 2012 02:16

    HI all ….
    i’m still confused … i mean if serine protease inhibitors which exist in soymilk can reduce hair growth.. then what is the effect of ISOFLAVONES !! as it is written that isoflavones can synergise with serin protease inhibitors!!! and if any one can help me in defining FLAVOSTERONES ??!! which are products claimed to reduce hair growth and they are isoflavones !!
    finally… does Estrogen delay hair growth !! or promote hair growth !!! or it is site dependent .. !!!

    thanks in advance … i really wish that any one could help me in thissssssssss …

  20. Jim
    January 5th, 2012 16:15


    How does Soy milk smell when its dry (on skin) ? is the smell reuduced oder gone at all? If it does, how long does it approx. take after its dry?


    According to the research I think estrogenes are supposed to delay Hair growth towards 0. If I read and understood it right.

  21. ken winston caine
    January 5th, 2012 18:44

    Jim, I’ve experimented with a water/soy-flour extract in other skin formulas (not for stunting hair growth) since originally writing this report. Have not had any “beany” odor issues at all with it.

    Amount of and nature of odor may depend upon the variety of soy bean used.

    My homemade soy milk used in the original experiment DID impart a mild, mashed soybean scent to my skin that tended to linger and that I grew tired of. Was not especially unpleasant, just wasn’t how I wanted to smell.

  22. Hairy guy
    June 30th, 2014 21:54

    Do you have to leave it on all day? Or can you wash it off after it sits for a few minutes?

  23. Ken Winston Caine
    July 10th, 2014 20:48

    I left it on and it didn’t work for me. So I wonder if that matters?

  24. JIm
    July 11th, 2014 16:17

    Well.. i used it on an area on my body for a month and unless its wishfull thinking, i got thinner and softer hair, and it tends to grow slower than all the other hair surrounding it. also, it might take u a year to fully “remove” hair growth in general.

    Question to Ken Winston Caine: How long have u been using it? was it on a continuous basis? Thank you

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    July 15th, 2014 07:00

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    due to it’s nice posts

  26. ken winston caine
    July 15th, 2014 18:14

    See comment number two above, Jim. It details my experience. Am glad to hear you are having good luck with it. Or are seeming to.

    It makes sense to me that it should work. The estrogenic effect alone should stunt hairgrowth. Maybe there is an enzymatic effect as well. I need to re-read my original post to see if it included any details on how or why this should work. I’ve forgotten.

  27. ken winston caine
    July 15th, 2014 18:16

    You know, I wrote the original post and experimented with this back on 2007. Maybe I should play with it again and for a longer term.

  28. mlalwa
    August 6th, 2014 09:38

    hey ken have u used the soy milk for hair removal please tell

  29. S Bonney
    January 7th, 2016 21:21

    After years of costly failure, laser, electrolysis, etc I discovered that a paste of water and turmeric stops hair growth. This was messy and objectionable only because of the dyeing effect of turmeric.

    Turmeric is believed to have this effect because of the phytoestrogens or plant estrogens.

    This fact lead me to look at other phytoestrogens and quickly to soya

    After researching this I found the research study on raw soy inhibiting hair growth.

    I bought raw soy beans at my local health food store. [inexpensive]

    Grinding the soybeans was work.Recently I tried my old coffee grinder with about 15 beans and found that I could quickly produce a fine raw soya powder.

    Experimentation seems to show reduced growth of facial hair and reduced coarseness. My intentions of making application of raw soy milk a bedtime ritual has been impeded by the grinding problem.

    At times I would seem to be making progress and then life would steal me away. Even two nights bedtime applications seemed to slow the growth for a few weeks.

    Now finally I have a supply of powder to keep in the medicine cabinet. I just make a thin paste in the palm of my hand with water and smear it on my face before bed. Its a little powdery looking as it drys on my face. I sleep with it on and do have to wash the residual kind of oily powder off in the morning.

    It seems to work.

    I have read that soya also bleaches skin and dark spots. This seems to be happening. A dark permanent freckle over my eyebrow is much lighter.

    Please know that I RECOMMEND starting this kind of thing slowly. Talk to your physician, spot test of allergic reactions for a few days.

    My best guess from the information I have found is that raw soy inhibits testosterone induced hair growth for a short time. Continued use may
    have a semipermanent effect on hair follicles.

    My reaction to the occasional use has not caused an apparent problem. Now I am up to a period nightly applications. This is the real test.

    Please proceed with care. Some people are allergic to soy.

    Hope my experience and information help.

    S Bonney

  30. ken winston caine
    February 29th, 2016 19:40

    Excellent report, S. Bonney. Thank you for sharing.

  31. Andrzej
    March 21st, 2016 15:24

    I am about to embark on using Kasthuri Manjal Haldi (Wild Turmeric) to reduce hair everywhere.

    My goal is to reduce hair in an effective but controlled way so that I can entirely clear some areas but leave others with a slight growth (because I don’t want to look like a cherub).

    However I am concerned that it will be too weak as it is typically used for women’s soft facial hair which apparently takes months; I am male with thick hair so it may simply not work.

    I will endeavor to use soybean alongside Turmeric to achieve the maximum effect. I will report my results back here should I achieve any.

    Please may I gain some clarification on two points:

    1. Should the hair be depilated beforehand, or doesn’t it matter? I am mostly confused about this.

    2. Is soya flour OK? I have access to full fat organic soya flour so I hope this is enough. I am dedicated but honestly I don’t want to mess around with soaking and grinding my own beans for such a sparsely tested method.

    Thank you for this interesting and illuminating page and I hope to be able to report back with amazing results in due time. I believe this should work because I will be doing a full-body skin occlusion for several months for a separate skin issue, so I am trying to kill two birds with one stone by using the occlusion process that I’m doing anyway for my skin, and adding turmeric + soya flour to target hair growth. So basically, if it works at all I’ll definitely know about it because there’s no way the turmeric or soya flour can’t be absorbed.

  32. Lori
    August 18th, 2017 07:52

    Can you use organic powdered soy milk?

  33. ken winston caine
    October 1st, 2017 17:29

    Unknown. Let us know what you find if you try that.

  34. ken winston caine
    October 1st, 2017 17:34

    If you are making a soy milk from the flour, that should work. And, yes, what I have read suggests pulling the hairs (as in waxing) immediately before the initial treatment.

  35. ken winston caine
    October 1st, 2017 17:45

    In the patent study, my original article says:

    “The initial application was made in a freshly shaved area. Then after that, the area was treated once daily with the soy milk solution and microscopic measurements and photos were taken weekly.”

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