Hirsutism means excessive hair growth, and it usually occurs in women. It is a coarse type of hair, and can grow on the face, trunk, arms and legs. With any significant increase in hairiness, it is worthwhile to check in with your physician to have a complete history and physical. You may also have to have your hormone levels checked, especially testosterone.
Hirsutism can occur in certain medical conditions such as polycystic ovaries, adrenal tumours and other serious adrenal conditions.
However, most of the time there is no cause is found. Hirustism seems to run in families, and also tends to occur more in dark haired women. especially of East Indian or Hispanic descent.
Around the time of menopause, facial hair may increase. This is usually due to hormone imbalances, in particular progesterone deficiency or testosterone excess. Blood or saliva tests can determine your levels of estrogen, progesterone, free testosterone and DHEA. Individualized natural hormone therapy may decrease the regrowth of the hair. Some women have also found it helpful to apply natural progesterone to the face daily.
Meanwhile, there are several different ways to remove unwanted hair. Waxing works well, but needs to be repeated every three to four weeks. It can also be painful. Another good method is "sugaring" where a special sugar paste is applied to the skin and the unwanted hair pulled off using paper strips. (like waxing only with sugar) The ingredients of this paste are all natural, so there are no side effects. Like waxing, it has to be repeated every three to four weeks.
Electrolysis is the only permanent method, in which electric current is used to destory the growing part of the hair. You should make sure it is done by a certified technician. The downside is that it is expensive and time consuming.
Be cautious of hair removal creams, as they contain usually contain harsh chemicals which can be absorbed through the skin, causing toxicity or local irritation.
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