Conditions

Hirsutism

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Hirsutism is the condition which describes women whose hair is darker, thicker and coarser than the fine hair (vellous hair) that usually covers skin; more closely resembling head-hair (terminal hair). Hirsutism describes the growth of terminal hair in areas where usually only villous hair grows, such as the face, chest, nipples, belly and upper back. Affecting roughly 1 in 10 women, it is quite a common condition. However, not all women with more terminal hair on their bodies will have hirsutism, as some women from particular ethnic groups may naturally have more terminal hair. Hirsutism, conversely, is developed towards the end of the teenage years, and can get progressively worse, especially after the menopause. Furthermore, if you, or your child, have hirsutism, you may also have acne or seborrhoea (a condition where your skin produces too much sebum – an oily substance).

There are many reasons as to why women develop hirsutism, though as most aren’t related to medical conditions, it is often hard to determine a definite cause. This is known as idiopathic hirsutism. However, other medical conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), obesity and diabetes can cause hirsutism, and it is also known to develop in women who possess too many androgens (male sex hormones), or whose hair follicles are more sensitive to androgens. It can also develop as a side-effect of taking some medicines, such as the contraceptive pill.

Though not painful or physically impairing, it can be very embarrassing and cause serious confidence and self-esteem issues. The good news is that there is a variety of ways to treat hirsutism, although it’s unlikely that any will entirely cure the condition. Some things which may help are: losing weight; eating healthily; exercising regularly; shaving; depilation; waxing; plucking and bleaching. Medicines such as anti-androgens, which work by blocking the action of androgen hormones, can also help, as well as the medicines metformin, finasteride and eflornithine. Electrolysis and laser treatment are also effective ways to remove hair and reduce hair growth.

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What should I do? Dyeing seems best. No guy or girl wants me. I hate myself. And laser hurts. Everything sucks . Can I just have a friend who understands? A girl who's like me?





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Can Hirsutism be pass through jeans?





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I've been through exactly the same thing as you guys, it's an awful thing to go through and it totally shatters your self-esteem, you feel like you'll never have a normal life and be accepted by people but you will. The worst thing is to feel like you have to even remove the hair and go through all that pain and expense when we're just born that way you know? anyway it's a mad bad society we live in. having said that here's the things that I have found to work in all the years I've been doing all my hair removal - no 1. get an epilator, a really good one like the philips wet and dry. theyre expensive but long term theyre cheaper than waxing or shaving and you can use them anywhere and they dont damage your skin. 2. go to a female doctor, I know that sounds prejudiced but all the male doctors I've been to have no clue how this could psychologically affect you, and all the females doctors I've been to have been more sympathetic. I've been taking birth control pills and I use a cream called eflournithine which seems to work a bit but they hate giving it to you because apparently my pharmacist says it costs about £50 a tube to the NHS. If you don't want to do that theres also cream that you can buy at boots etc called skin doctors i think its about £15 that supposed to lessen hair growth, I've tried that too and it seemed to work a bit. All in all I've got to say using the epilator, the birth control pills and the cream over the years the hair has definitely got less obvious. 3. talk to somebody! know that youre not alone, youre not even abnormal! everyone has the same number of hair follicles all over their body, just some peoples you can't see and some peoples you can. about 1 in 10 women in the uk has some male pattern hair growth, thats a lot! I used to work in a chemists and put make up on people and pretty much every woman i saw under the lights had a beard of some kind, you find if you talk to people about when youre a bit older theyre all like oh yeah i have a mustache, just no-one likes to talk about it when theyre young because they want to pretend they are completely smooth, because thats what you see in the media. bottom line is, pretty much every woman i know does some sort of hair removal. And that's it, try and stay positive guys because at some point you'll be able to look in the mirror and say I'm ok, I'm just a human being with hair, and you'll have a normal life and do all the things you want to do like go swimming and have relationships and all that. It's more about how you feel about yourself than what other people think of you (don't worry about them because if they care theyre an idiot, having facial hair is definitely one way to find the good friends in life - remember those who matter don't mind and those who mind don't matter)xxxx





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Hi guys, I have grown pubic hair when I was 9 years old and by thetime i was 12, I already had hairy legs, hair on my arms, my fingers, my toes. Because I wasn't like the others girls who are hairless, I became so insecure of my appearance so I decided to shave. Unfortunately it only made matters worse, the hair grew back faster in like 2 days, it was rough and there were black dots on my legs. Having said that, I decided to tell my mum and she told me not to do anything because it's due to my hormones. But in the end she allowed me to go for IPL for my leg, my lip and my underarms, that was when I turned 13. The results were amazing! After the first session there wasn't much hair but I was told to leave it cause it will drop on its own, and it did so I went for more sessions and finally my leg stopped growing hair(p s. There is still some but not so obvious) when I turned 16. I was so happy and also my underarms and my lip hair took longer than expected to grow back, but this time, much lesser! However, I advice girls who are experiencing hair on their leg, arm, back, buttock, vagina, stomach, chest and face to go for waxing first until you turn 18 then you go for IPL. Reason being the IPL I went for, it's not pleasant. You need to have high tolerance of pain and it's damn hot. For me I did IPL on my leg, underarm and lip but Im doing waxing on my upper thighs as I can't take the heat. Also because you need to wait for your hormones to be more stable before going for IPL. And of course, I'm advised by my practitioner not to exceed more than 6 or 12 times for IPL as it might kill your cells something like that. So yup, I hope this will help all those who are very concerned :)





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What is IPL?

IPL is Intense Pulsed Light, it doesn't remove the hair permanently, it slows down the growth of hair and the hair grown back are more fine and not rough nor does it have black spots and dots on your leg like what you experience when yiu shave ur leg or wax your leg or anywhere on your body :)

Im a girl. I turned 14 just last month. Im a girl, naturaly blonde With thick hair. I have hair all over my body including back Legs arms upper lip sideburns bum toes fingers belly and around my nipples. I shave all the time in the summer especially and sometimes Wax. But its a pain in the butt ya know? I really cant be bothered With it all. I want to be smooth hairless and what 'society' Calls the 'perfect woman'. I have tries veet hair removal cream But it just gives me a rash as i also have sensitive skin. I need a soloution until im older and i can get hold of Some money to get laser hair removal. Im so self concious and im worries about when i become Sexuallu active because i hate my body and i dont wanna know What a boy would think. My mum just says its my hormones Playing up... im quite confident wearing clothes but without Them i feel like crying when i look at myself. Thank god this is annoymois. Its so cringey! Any help or advice?!





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I am 15. After researching so much about this i came to dis site and found some temporary solutions. But at d end of d day its so much embarissing. You cant just let it go. Hair all over d body. We cant hav fun in our lives. Sometimes i think y me y only me in dis whole world





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Hi I'm 15 and I have excessive hair all over my body, my upper and lower back, my stomach, chest, bum, hands, arms, legs EVERYWHERE! I'm very self conscious and I'm now at the point where I can't stand to look at myself! I hate it I hate myself for being like this and it makes me so depressed I don't know what to do. I don't know why I am like this but I can't even smile anymore I'm so depressed about myself I also have acne on my face, back, chest and spots on my arms. Is there anything to permanently sort this out? Also because I am White British it's very visible as I have dark brown hair almost black and the body hair is black, maybe some parts it's softer and not as thick but still dark.





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I'm 15 years old, almost 16, and for the past 3-4 years I've had very dark hair on my boobs, belly, bum, all over my back, a small amount on my face (not very noticeable), toes and hands. (I'm white/British so it's more obvious). The hair on my arms is quite dark as well, although I've learnt to live with that as other people I know have hairy arms too. What bothers me most is the hair on my torso, back and bum. I have a very obvious snail trail and it means I cannot wear a bikini or crop tops, and haven't done so since before I hit puberty (age 10/11). It makes me extremely self-conscious and lowers my confidence. I know shaving makes it come out darker, I was thinking of laser hair removal but it costs too much. I eat fairly healthily and do exercise. I also have acne on my back and my chest. All of this means I'm embarrassed to go swimming, wear certain clothes or even get changed in front of people. Any suggestions for what I could do? Also, is this definitely hirsutism? Thanks





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my daughter also has excessive hair. I take her to a salon to have her facial hair waxed. This costs about £8 every 3 weeks. It can leave it her skin a little red for a few hours but does get rid of the hair. Beauty therapists do it all the time for teenage girls & will give you advice for free. Please don't feel you have to put up with something that distresses you so much when there is an easy solution - tell your mum, dad favourite adult (sometimes writing them a letter makes it easier) how you feel and make a plan of action. Good luck!

I have Hirsutism and I'm to scared to tell anyone. I've known since I was 11 and I'm now 15 and there is no one I can tell. It's always way to embarrassing to tell my mum and I don't think I could tell my friends.it's horrible keeping a secret as big as this as it takes over my life and I have very low coincidence becuase of it. I don't shave or anything because I know it will make it worse, but this is actually killing me. It's horrible dont no what to do any more. I also know that I have polycystic ovaries because I have looked up the symptoms, but I don't know how to see a doctor becuase I don't want my mum to find out. I know no one can help but keeping it bottled up is torture!





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No, seriously, just tell your mother! It will be fine, trust me. And your mum doesn't necessarily have to find out as I am the exact same age as you and have hirsutism. Just phone your doctor and go by yourself and they can explain to your mother. I'm sure your mother is supportive, and this is not your fault. Just talk to someone, doctors will prescribe you different pills which have significantly helped. And try waxing your hairs on your face and stuff, you may not have hirsutism, because i am overweight so i assumed this, but they will test you for it, and the professionals deal with it amazingly. Don't bottle things up, and tell somebody! Also, spearmint tea is known to reduce hair!

Thanks, just knowing I'm not alone in all this has helped a lot! The doctor brought it up last time I went for my acne, but my mum just went oh no she hadn't got that. If they bring it up again I am going to admit it becuase I know that will be the best way forward, but I never have the courage to bring it up my self. But even getting a reply to this comment has made me feel better in myself, brought tears to my eyes:')

It's ok I had something that I'd didn't want to tell my dad but I went to the hospital and my dad drove me and he didn't know what it was but he let me go and now I'm fine so please go don't worry about it. My dad did find out but he doesn't care so don't worry!

Cat you have to tell someone! Don't let it ruin your life. I went through exactly the same thing as you when I was your age except there was no internet then and I had no information about it and didn't even know if there was anyone else out there like me. I never told my family and now I don't even see them anymore, keeping the secret from them completely destroyed us. Trying to keep a secret can cause you serious psychological damage and you will miss a really big part of your development and life. I know it seems like the end of the world but it is really the start. If you don't get on with your mum or don't feel like she will listen to you or laugh at you you've got to stand up to her, please do it, don't end up like me regretting it for the rest of your life.

im 13yrs old and I have hair on the side of my face, back, torso, legs, arms and toes. I absolutely hate my sideburns as my friends always tease me about it, and my snailtrail as I cant wear a bikini anymore. also whenever I shave my legs or underarms the hair grows back very dark and its there the next day. My excessive hair growth all around my body has lead me to be very self conscious of the way I look. I told my mum about this but she just said it ws because of puberty and it will stop. I believe shes lying because she has a lot of hair growth aswelll. Im really not sure of the best way to get rid of it as im abit scared to try waxing or dilapitries.





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Just talk to your mother properly and explain how you would like to go to the doctors to be safe. It'll be fine, and I know how you feel, but thunk positive and ignore negative remarks. Waxing is good, i do it.

I'm exactly the same. 13 years old, hair on my stomach (the worst, grows back after shaving in a couple of days), legs, they're not the worst and I can cope with these. I'm White British with dark brown hair, so my body hair is quite dark too. I always have had hairy arms and now my frineds are noticing. I've had enough. There must be a treatment for this. (Also hair on my upper lip, vagina, bum, and back. Acne on my back and chest area)


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