What is hirsutism?
Hirsutism is a condition in which the hair on a woman’s body and/or face grows excessively. It is fairly common but can be embarrassing for a woman to deal with, particularly as it is often a long-term issue.
What are the symptoms of hirsutism?
When women have hirsutism, the excessive body hair and facial hair tends to be thick and dark.
It generally grows in areas of the body where men tend to have hair, such as:
It may also be accompanied by additional symptoms such as acne, oily skin and irregular periods.
What causes hirsutism?
Hirsutism is caused either by an excess of male hormones called androgens, or your body having a high sensitivity to these hormones. It’s often not clear exactly why this happens, but it can happen after menopause or in women with PCOS.
Less commonly, hirsutism can be caused by an underlying condition, so it’s best to get it checked out by your doctor.
How can you treat hirsutism?
Hirsutism treatment usually incorporates hair removal methods to remove the excess hair along with treatments that can slow or prevent the hair growing back.
With facial hair women can try a removal method such as waxing. An eflornithine cream like Vaniqa can also be prescribed to help slow the growth of the hair.
If you suffer from hirsutism over a large portion of your body, your GP may prescribe oral contraceptives to help control it.
What can you do to help prevent hirsutism?
To prevent excessive hair growing back, your GP may prescribe oral contraceptives. Eflornithine cream can also help to slow the growth of hair, but it can take up to 8 weeks to start to work.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to stop hair growth on face?
Hair removal methods can help in the short term, but you might want to try an eflornithine cream to help slow the growth of facial hair. Your GP might also prescribe oral contraceptives to help control hirsutism.
Why do women get facial hair?
The condition hirsutism can result in women getting facial hair. This is often caused by an excess of the male hormones called androgens.