Excessive Facial Hair or HirsuitismWho is susceptible: Waldorf says this problem can be genetic or hormonal. "If you have significant facial hair in a male pattern area, it is important to have lab tests by your physician (your dermatologist, gynecologist or endocrinologist)," she says. "Some women with excessive facial hair have polycystic ovary syndrome which is treated by the endocrinologist."
How to treat it: "Beyond shaving, waxing and depilatories, which are all temporary ways to remove hair, the options for permanent hair removal are electrolysis or laser hair removal," Waldorf says. She adds that dark hair works best with laser removal, but it's important to find a doctor that knows what he or she is doing. Another option is prescription Vaniqa Cream, which can slow hair growth.
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