If you are a woman whose excessive hair growth is really Hirsutism, hair can seem like a battle instead of a hassle.
Hirsutism is the growth of very dark, thick hair in areas on women usually seen on men. It can be caused by a hormonal imbalance. In some cases it is genetic or related to a specific drug the woman is taking. Your mental stress and overall health will also affect the condition. There are things you can do to decrease your hair growth or diminish the appearance. Removing the hair is of course an option.
The first thing you need to do is lose weight if you are overweight or improve your health. Losing weight, even if it is only ten to fifteen pounds, will dramatically decrease the hormone that promotes hair growth. If something is stressing, work it out or get over it. Whatever you have to do, do not stress. Stress only exacerbates the problem.
Do not shave your body or facial hair. Shaving makes the hair grow back thicker and faster. You do not want that, so despite the temptation, do not shave.
Waxing the hair is an option if you can withstand the pain. Going to the salon to have a wax done professionally is probably the best plan. There are at home wax kits but you will probably save yourself some time, mess and pain if you go to a professional. Just go ahead and pay for the service. Consider it to be a treat to yourself.
Hair Removal Cream
Hair removal creams also work well. You can apply them, with no pain to most parts of your body. It is relatively easy to remove the hair. You should test a small area of skin to be sure the chemicals will not harm you. Follow the directions carefully because these chemicals can burn.
Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is also an option. Most lasers work by destroying the hair follicle. Laser hair removal is effective but it is costly. Most find that it is worth not having to fight the hair continuously, especially on their face.
Some treatments to hirsutism may be quick and painless as mentioned above while others may be slower; it may be a life long process. Some cosmetic alternatives include bleaching, plucking and electrolysis; if it is a mild case of hirsutism, bleaching is found to be effective. Plucking would be time consuming and can be quite painful. Electrolysis is one primary supportive option but it is very expensive.
Whichever treatment you choose to overcome hirsutism, you should have psychological support too. You may need some oral contraceptive pills as part of a supportive therapy while you go about your treatment, although it is just for a few months. Hirsute patients can also opt for a combined hormonal suppression and supportive measure for an effective treatment.