Facial hair may appear sexy and manly looking for men, but on women, on the other hand, it can be unattractive to look at, and it appears because of various medical complications.
The growth of facial hair for women is a condition called ‘hirsutism,’ which is the excessive production of androgens that is caused by hormonal imbalance. The factors why it appears include stress, menopause, obesity, and other serious women-related health conditions such as ovarian syndrome, and adrenal gland disorders. There are also certain medications as well, such as Minoxidil, Cyclosporine, and anabolic steroids that cause unwanted facial hair growth in women.
Using Natural Home Remedies to Curb Facial Hair Growth
But women shouldn’t worry, as there are natural ways which can prevent facial hair growth that can be found inside the heart of your own home. What’s best is that they are known to be more effective compared to non-natural treatments. So what are they?
- A cup of spearmint tea a day can lower the body’s androgen levels and will help reduce facial hair growth in women suffering from hirsutism and polycystic ovarian syndrome. It’s easy to prepare, you just need to soak spearmint into boiling water for a few minutes, strain, and enjoy.
Sugar and Lemon Juice
- For this one, you need to have a cooked mixture of sugar, lemon juice, and water and apply it to the area where facial hair is more prominent. You need to let it dry before washing it off and should be done for about three times a week. It works by exfoliating the skin, and the sugar acts as a natural hair remover as it sticks to the hair and can be easily rinsed off without damaging the skin.
Lemon Orange/Apricot Honey scrub
- These two fruits act as a natural hair remover while making the skin feel soft. What you need to do is to mix powdered orange and lemon peel, and pair it with oatmeal, olive oil, and water. The result will be a paste that you can apply on areas in your face where facial hair grows. Do this for about five minutes and three times a week for best results.
If using natural remedies is not your thing, then you can opt for alternative methods to keep that unwanted facial hair at bay.
- This works best if you only have few hairs around your chin. But before you begin, you must sterilize the tweezers with alcohol first. After that, let the plucking begin! Keep in mind that this is not a permanent solution and the hair will likely grow back in a couple of weeks or so. Additionally, using tweezers increases the risk of getting folliculitis. To avoid this, use a warm compress and apply it to the area to reduce friction before plucking the hell out of it.
- This one is a classic method that you can never go wrong with. Who said men is the only one who can use razors? Women can too! But before anything else, you must apply shaving cream into the area for a smooth shave and to avoid skin irritation. However, just like tweezers, this is only a temporary solution and hair will likely grow back in a couple of days.
- If you’ve ever been to salons, you probably know what threading is about. But for those who don’t, threading is an act of pulling the hair out of your face by twisting a cotton thread around it. What’s good is that it doesn’t irritate the skin, but just like the first two, it isn’t a permanent solution either.
Laser hair removal
- When all hope is lost, then you may want to opt for the costlier one which is laser hair removal. This is a semi-permanent solution for excessive hair growth. What it does is it beams out concentrated light into the follicles preventing it from producing hair for a period of time. The only downside of this treatment is the price, where you have to take multiple sessions to get the best results, which also means an empty wallet.
- Eflornithine is a tropical cream that is effective in reducing hair growth. The best part? It will take months for the hair to grow back. The only downside is it can cause skin irritation for women with sensitive skin. If you feel that you have sensitive skin, it’s advisable to have a visit to your dermatologist’s office first before anything else.
- Facial hair growth in women is most likely caused by hormonal imbalance. This is why doctor’s often prescribe birth control to reduce hair growth in a woman’s chin. Not just facial hair, but it also treats polycystic ovarian syndrome as well that helps shrink cysts. However, it may take about six months or so before it yields results.
- Lastly, we have antiandrogens. This is a medication that can be bought in steroid or non-steroid form. What it does is it blocks androgen receptors in the body that reduces hormone production in the ovaries, adrenal, and pituitary glands. As a result, it will reduce excessive chin hair in women.