How to Stop Hair Growth on the Female Face

Plucking facial hair is only a temporary solution; consider electrolysis or laser hair removal.

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If you've been confused for the bearded circus lady one too many times, then it is time for you to take charge and stop facial hair growth. For a woman, hair growth on the face may be a medical condition called hirsutism. Hirsutism can be caused by a variety of factors, including hormonal imbalances. Treatments like electrolysis and laser hair removal can banish the hair for good. To get to the bottom of what is causing those unsightly hairs to show up on your lovely face, consult with your physician.


Look into electrolysis as a form of permanent hair removal. When you undergo electrolysis, a small electric pulse is delivered to the root of the hair which prevents new hair from growing. Save up your money since this procedure can be pricey, but sacrificing a few lattes every now and again will be worth it to get rid of facial hair for good. Keep in mind that you might need several sessions to get the desired results and that you may experience adverse side effects.


Talk to a dermatologist about laser hair removal. Laser hair removal is typically not covered by insurance, so the cost for this option can also add up fast. With laser hair treatment, you may need several sessions to permanently remove the hair from your face, but once it is gone, it will be gone for good. This treatment may also have side effects such as skin changes and pain, but may be worth it to you if you never want to deal with facial hair again.


Schedule a consultation with your physician. With the help of your doctor, you can tag team the unwanted facial hair and get to the root of the problem. Be sure to inform your doctor of where the hair is most noticeable, such as on the chin or upper lip, and what methods you have been using to remove the hair, such as waxing or plucking. Don't be embarrassed to discuss hairy issues with your doctor, hirsutism occurs in 10% of women according to the Mayo Clinic, so you are not alone. Your doctor may run blood work to determine if you have a hormonal imbalance.


Take any medications prescribed by your doctor. If a hormonal imbalance is to blame for your unwanted hair, you may be prescribed the birth control pill or other medications to reduce male hormones in your bloodstream. Your doctor may also prescribe a topical cream to stop hair growth on your face. Medications are less expensive than electrolysis or laser removal, but results may take longer to show up and you may still encounter side effects. Follow your prescription carefully for the best results, and soon you will be enjoy a fuzz-free face again.

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Medications to treat hirsutism may take several weeks to become effective, so continue with your normal hair removal methods until the abnormal hair growth has stopped.


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