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Managing Unwanted Hair Growth

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Unwanted hair growth in the facial area can be frustrating and embarrassing, especially for women. Excess male pattern hair growth is called hirsutism, and may be a result of excess androgen or your body’s sensitivity to it. Androgens can also produce adult acne, bald spots, or seborrhoea. For more information on hirsutism, visit

Consult your doctor and rule out any possible medical conditions:

While hirsutism is a cosmetic problem, and not a health concern in and of itself, the hair growth is often a symptom of a more serious problem such as Cushing’s syndrome, rather than a problem on its own. If your hair has sudden change in hair growth, or you show other symptoms such as a deepening voice, it is a good idea to visit a physician.

Removing unwanted hair:

If your hair growth is simply hereditary, or due to your body’s responsiveness to androgen, treatment for unwanted hair can proceed normally. There are a wide variety of hair removal options, but each has its advantages and disadvantages. No single method works for everyone, and your choice will dependent on type of hair, its location, age, and preference. The following are some treatment options that you may want to consider:

  • Plucking, Waxing, or Shaving

These are common, inexpensive and effective methods of hair removal that most women use regularly. The drawback is that these methods can be painful and time consuming. They are also temporary solutions as hair will grow back over time.

  • Depilatory Creams

Depilatory creams are chemical solutions that can be found in gel, cream, or powder, and weaken the hair so that it can be scraped off easily. It is inexpensive and fast, but the effect is temporary, and the solution usually give off a foul odour.

  • Vaniqa

Vaniqa ® is a prescription cream which blocks enzymes required for hair growth. It has very few side-effects, and can be used in conjunction with other treatments such as lasers for mzximum effectiveness. For more information, visit

  • Electrolysis, Lasers, Intense Pulsed Light

Electrolysis, lasers, and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments can remove hair permanently, but are often costly, and painful.

  • Oral contraceptives

Oral contraceptives and other anti-androgens are prescriptions that inhibit androgen production in the body. These can show long-term promise in reducing hair, however, they can take a few months for effects to show, and can come with side effects.

Discuss with your physician, what treatment is best for you. For more hair and skincare tips, visit


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