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I'm a 16 year old girl with... hair...?

Postby foluke » Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:42 pm

This is really embarrassing so please don't make fun of me. I have dark hair on the bottom of my chin and my neck. It's not so bad that it looks like I have a beard but there is definitely more there than there should be. I also have on my chest in between my breast, below my belly button, and a little on the tops of my feet. I a couple of hair in between my eyebrows and the hair above my upper lip is a tiny bit dark but it's not too noticeable though I have been teased for it in the past. I usually shave or wax the hairs but of course they grow back and I want to know why I have it in the first place. Do I have some type of condition that makes me grow hair in the wrong places? Also, the hairs on my legs and arm pits tend to grow back in shorter time than normal and so does my head hair. I also have a big lion's mane for hair and big old fluffy eyebrows though I do wax them... help please? *prepares for bullying*...
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Postby stiabhan10 » Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:48 pm

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The normal amount of body hair for women varies. Most of the time, a woman only has fine hair, or peach fuzz, above the lips and on the chin, chest, abdomen, or back. If you have coarse, dark hairs in these areas, the condition is called hirsutism. Such hair growth is more typical of men.

Causes
Women normally produce low levels of male hormones (androgens). If your body makes too much of this hormone, you may have unwanted hair growth.

In most cases, the exact cause is never identified. It tends to run in families. In general, hirsutism is a harmless condition. But many women find it bothersome, or even embarrassing.

A common cause of hirsutism is polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Women with PCOS and other hormone conditions that cause unwanted hair growth may also have acne, problems with menstrual periods, trouble losing weight, and diabetes. If these symptoms start suddenly, you may have a tumor that releases male hormones.

Other, rare causes of unwanted hair growth may include:

Tumor or cancer of the adrenal gland
Tumor or cancer of the ovary
Cushing syndrome
Congenital adrenal hyperplasia
Hyperthecosis (a condition in which the ovaries produce too much male hormones)
Use of certain medicines, including testosterone, danazol, anabolic steroids, glucocorticoids, cyclosporine, minoxidil, and phenytoin
Rarely a woman with hirsutism will have normal levels of male hormones, and the specific cause of the unwanted hair growth cannot be identified.

Home Care
Hirsutism is generally a long-term problem. There are a number of ways to remove or treat unwanted hair. Some treatment effects last longer than others.

Weight loss in overweight women can reduce hair growth.
Bleaching or lightening hair may make it less noticeable.
Temporary hair removal options include:

Shaving does not cause more hair to grow, but the hair may look thicker.
Plucking and waxing are fairly safe and are not expensive. However, they can be painful and there is a risk for scarring, swelling, and skin darkening.
Chemicals may be used, but most have a bad odor.
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Postby avinoam » Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:56 pm

Well hair in darker colored people tend to be more noticable than the others. It can also be that your genes makes you hairier than others. However since you are a girl excessive hair growth may indicate a hormonal problem. If it really concerns you you can visit a gynecologist to look into it. It it's not a health problem then you can make an appointment with a dermatologist to discuss about permanent hair removal.
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Postby yitzchak13 » Wed Nov 06, 2013 12:01 am

I'd have your hormones checked. It sounds like you have too much testosterone, which can cause excessive hair growth in females. In the mean time, if you can't have hair removal or anything, there's home bleaching kits for this sort of thing. Ladies use them for unwanted upper lip hair but it works for pretty much any facial hair. I don't think they're very expensive.
The main problem is the hair is so dark that it's noticeable, if it were almost invisible, it wouldn't bother you so much, yeah? :) Don't feel embarrassed, a lot of ladies deal with unwanted extra hair, it doesn't make them freaks or anything! If this wasn't common, we wouldn't have these facial hair removal methods sold at the common grocery store! It's a lot more common than you think, so take comfort in the fact that you're not alone!

Hang in there.
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Postby abisha57 » Wed Nov 06, 2013 12:06 am

You could try getting a no no! It's expensive, but you save years worth of money on shaving razors, shaving cream, waxing strips, etcetera. It's worth it! And, don't be self conscious, you are beautiful, quirks and all.
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Postby corey » Wed Nov 06, 2013 12:12 am

Use the No! No! Laser hair removal thingy it works for hair i tried it on my arms and ididnt see hair for a month or so.
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