The incidence of women complaining of unwanted facial hair has become a much more common thing in our society, affecting a record one-tenth of all women in the United States.
There are various medical conditions that may be to blame, and the good news is that you can put an end to unsightly hair in weird places. Read on to learn how.
Underlying Medical Conditions
It’s natural for women to have hair all over their body, but it’s so faint that even they may not recognize it. It’s when hair starts to thicken or get darker in color and show up in places that only men get hair that it’s time to get serious doing something about it. As much as hair on a woman’s chest is scary, nothing is more obvious than facial hair.
That little stubble begins to grow on your upper lip forming a moustache or on your chin and jaw line forming a beard. No woman should have to go experience this, but it happens quite often. Below are some medical conditions that may be able to explain what’s going on with your body:
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is caused by hormonal imbalances in women and is characterized by multiple benign ovarian cysts, acne, menstrual irregularity, obesity, sterility and male patterned hair growth in strange places (like the face, chest or stomach).
Cushing’s Disease creates unusual changes in the body as a result of a tumor on the pituitary gland. As a result of this tumor, the body produces more cortisol and consequently causes symptoms like weight gain in your midsection, menstrual irregularity, hypertension, fattening of the face and, again, unusual hair growth.
Obesity, tumors and type 2 diabetes can trigger unwanted facial hair too.
These incidences of excessive male-patterned hair growth are referred to as hirsutism, and are usually the result of hormonal imbalances, where more androgens (male hormones) are produced in a female than are normal. As a result, a woman’s voice may deepen, she may grow taller and/or grow hair in weird places – behaviors typical of a male during puberty.
Rather than battling it out week after week trying to keep unwanted hair under control with razors and waxing, try these out instead:
Lose weight – Since obesity is often the culprit of excessive facial hair, shedding a few pounds may help readjust hormones and get your hair problem under control – especially in the case of PCOS, which can be completely cleared once you lose weight.
Use herbal/natural treatment – Saw Palmetto fruit may prevent unwanted facial hair. Available in various forms at health food stores, it is purportedly able to regulate hormones and decrease the production of androgens, which likely cause hirsutism. Chasteberry is another herb that is touted as a facial hair remedy.
Use a home remedy – Save yourself some money and create your own “waxing” systems. For example, you can create a paste of heated honey and lemon or egg yolks, apply it as you would wax and then use a cotton cloth to snatch hair away.
Use a depilatory cream – Hair depilatory creams remove hair at the base and can keep you hair-free for 2 or 3 weeks. The downside is that these don’t always work as well on facial hair, and shaving may leave scarring over time. When depilatories and razors aren’t a good option for you, try waxing or see your doctor.
Consult your dermatologist – Dermatologists have other procedures that can greatly reduce or almost permanently get rid of your hair woes, including laser treatments and electrolysis.