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Women that suffer from excessive facial hair experience darker, coarser and thicker hair on their face, making it more noticeable. Excess hair may also appear on the chest, lower back and stomach. Most women have hair in these areas but it is usually fine and fair.
Excess facial hair in women is caused by an excess production or action of a male sex hormone called androgens. The most common causes are due to polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and idiopathic hirsutism. Women with PCOS are more likely to experience excessive facial hair, obesity, acne and irregular menstrual cycles. Idiopathic hirsutism refers to an excess of facial hair with no identifiable cause. It may be a mild variation of PCOS where excessive facial hair is the only symptom.
The main symptom is darker, thicker hair on the face and chin. Excess hair may also grow on the chest, lower back and stomach. If you suffer from PCOS you may also experience acne, irregular menstrual cycles, diabetes and high cholesterol levels.
How can I treat my facial hair?
You may use traditional methods of hair removal such as threading, waxing, shaving, plucking and bleaching. There are also more long-term options available such as laser hair removal and electrolysis, however these options can be painful and expensive.
You may decide to seek medical treatment. This could be anti-androgen medication, which is the use of certain contraceptive pills. Creams may also be used such as Vaniqa, which is clinically proven to reduce excessive facial hair growth on women.