Hirsutism, or excessive hair growth, occurs in women suffering hormone imbalances mainly due to menopause. Genetics can also be to blame in darker-haired women, although in some cases, underlying medical conditions can be at fault. Whatever the reason for your excessive facial hair growth, discuss all treatment options with your dermatologist to find the one that is right for you.
Take all prescribed medications administered by your physician or dermatologist. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, medications that stop hirsutism in women include birth control pills and anti-androgen medications. Both medications work by regulating hormonal imbalance; however, when taking anti- androgen medication, remember that birth defects can stem from this treatment. Do not take these medications while pregnant or if planning pregnancy.
Apply prescription Eflornithine to your face as directed by your dermatologist. Eflornithine is a topical cream that reduces excess hair growth, according to MayoClinic.com. It does not rid you of existing hair, so you must remove any noticeable unwanted hair when starting treatment. Effects of eflornithine cream are noticeable two to three months after beginning treatment.
Visit your dermatologist for laser or non-laser light treatments to destroy the hair follicles and stop excess growth. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, laser and non-laser treatments are expensive and take several sessions before results emerge.
Opt for electrolysis to permanently damage each individual treated hair follicle. According to MayoClinic.com, the procedure involves the insertion of a small needle into your facial hair follicles. It emits a small electrical pulse, which destroys each follicle, stopping hair growth. Electrolysis is somewhat painful and can lead to scarring of the skin.
Eat a well-balanced diet and get plenty of exercise to lose weight. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, overweight women who suffer hirsutism can reduce and stop excess hair growth through weight loss. Overweight women are at increased risk for hormone imbalance due to the excess pounds stimulating the adrenal glands.