Too Much Hair

By Kira Mayo


Approximately 20 million American women remove facial hair at least once a week, according to research done by Brostol-Myers. Are you one of them? Don’t fret.

An increase in facial hair can mean various things. Hormonal changes during puberty can transform fine, “vellus,” hair into coarse, “terminal” hair. During menopause, the ratio of male hormones to female hormones increases, which may increase facial hair in some women. Heredity also plays a role, and the degree of hair growth may vary with ethnicity.

Take solace in knowing that excessive hair growth is usually not the only symptom of a true medical disorder. If you’re experiencing excessive hair growth along with irregular menstruation cycles, deepening of voice and balding, you could have hirsutism, a condition where women grow hair in locations that are more typical of male hair patterns (mustache, beard, central chest, shoulders, lower abdomen, back, inner thigh). This condition is caused by several disorders, most commonly polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, see your doctor to get an evaluation and discuss possible treatment plans.

If you’re experiencing unwanted hair growth without any other symptoms, chances are you’re in the clear. Try bleaching, shaving, plucking or waxing for a temporary fix. If you’re looking for something more permanent, electrolysis, performed by a certified physician, can safely remove unwanted hair. There is also a relatively new cream called Vaniqa, which intereferes with a chemical in your hair, slowing down it’s growth.

Again, be sure to speak to a professional before starting any type of treatment.

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