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Do You Have Unwanted Hair?
Do you have unwanted hair on your face (upper lip, chin, cheeks), legs, arms, or even back? If so, then you may also experience the waste of time and effort and the emotional burden involved in dealing with this embarrassing problem.
Many who suffer from this embarrassing situation do so alone. Who wants to talk about facial hair? But you should know you are not alone: I’ve seen estimates of from 20-40 million American women with just unwanted facial hair (UFH).
Why Do You Have Unwanted Hair?
There a few primary reasons why some women have facial hair.
- The first of these reasons is heredity or ethnic background. Many women with Mediterranean, Near Eastern, or Indian backgrounds tend to have more facial and body hair than do those with Asian or Native American backgrounds.
There are, of course, variations among individuals from the same groups, and there are variations in what different groups consider “acceptable” amounts of facial and body hair. Many Asian women regard even a little facial hair as unacceptable, while many Mediterranean women have much higher “thresholds” of acceptability. Of course, the media and it’s way of idealizing certain types as beautiful (or even normal) has encouraged the concept that smooth, hairless skin is the feminine ideal, and, if you are reading this and view facial and body hair as a problem, you probably agree.
- The second reason for “excessive” hair is hormonal.
When a woman is young and the hormone estrogen predominates, facial hair is usually fine and short, almost invisible. This is known as vellus hair. The other type of facial hair is terminal; it is coarser and longer and more beard-like. The key hormone that controls this type of hair is dihydrotestosterone (DHT). As a woman ages and enters menopause, estrogen levels decrease and the production of DHT increases and the hair can change from vellus to terminal.
- When considering a hormonal connection to facial hair, it’s also important to keep in mind possible medical conditions that can affect hormone levels. In a small percentage of women, facial hair can be the result of excessive androgen production or metabolic or endocrine disorders.
The most common of these disorders is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), and its symptoms include irregular periods, infertility, obesity, and acne. It’s beyond the scope of this blog to discuss PCOS or any of the other medical conditions that can lead to hirsutism so if you suspect that your excess hair may be the result of a medical condition, you need to consult with your health-care provider before you do anything else.
What Can You Do About Unwanted Hair?
The reason you came to this page, to begin with. If you have determined that your excess facial or body hair is not the result of a medical condition and decided that you want to eliminate it, you have a number of options. Some of these include tweezing, shaving, waxing, epilating, electrolysis, and laser.
The purpose of this blog is to investigate and review some of these options (e.g., Vector Electrolysis and Depileve Wax)to help you decide which one(s) might be right for you by exploring:
- How the method/product works,
- How well does it works,
- What it costs,
- Its benefits,
- Its downsides.
This site’s goal is to help you eliminate an annoying and embarrassing problem while saving you from the expense and frustration of trial-and-error.
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