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Question: breakouts and facial hair on a woman

 delibeauty - Wed Jul 07, 2010 11:50 pm

I have facial hair on my cheeks and along jaw line. last year I decided to wax my face.. terrible idea. I broke out in tiny little pimples and now I have darker hair on my face than before. can you please explain why I break out and what caused the hair to get darker. also, will other methods of facial hair removal cause the same reaction? please help. thanks
 Dr.M.jagesh kamath - Fri Jul 16, 2010 10:00 am

User avatar Hello,
Hirsutism is defined as excessive male pattern hair growth and affects about 10% of women. Generally, it represents a variation of normal hair growth and is called Idiopathic. Sometimes conditions causing androgen excess such as PCOS i.e. Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome could be associated with hirsutism, acne and male pattern baldness.
Treatment of hirsutism would include bleaching, depilation, epilation and laser therapy. You maybe interested to know that shaving does not increase the rate or density of hair growth. Depilation with chemicals can cause irritation. Wax treatments are painful and uncomfortable. Electrolysis, though effective, needs a good electrologist. Laser therapy in most people would cause permanent hair removal but costly. Recently, tests have shown that Eflornithine Cream is effective for removal of unwanted facial hair in women. Do consult your doctor for further treatment.

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