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This is for women. Does anyone have facial hair that they cant get rid of. I only ask because this is completely anonymous. Anyway, I have to shave everyday, and actually could shave twice a day but I get razor burn. I hate this. Is it weight related? If I lose weight will it decrease? I used to tweeze, but the hair is so much that it is impossible. Serioulsy, I could have a goatee if I didnt shave. Thats the shape it makes, its around my chin up the sides of my mouth and around. The lip doesnt bother me, its not bad, but the chin and neck is ridiculous. I never let anyone near me, but I am sure people can see it. Any ideas?

Wed. Jun 13, 10:02pm

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it sounds like a hormonal imbalance to me.... have you asked your dr. about it? and have you considered having it waxed? it will last quite a bit longer than a shave. good luck!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007, 10:12 PM

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Let's are presumably overweight since you're on this site, and you suffer from hirsutism. Harrass your doctor into getting you checked for PCOS (Poly-cystic ovary/ovarian syndrome).

Wednesday, June 13, 2007, 10:15 PM

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Yes I have asked my doctor, they have prescribed vaniqua and told me they have lazer hair treatments. I cant do the waxing because in order to do that the haor has to be like a 1/4 of an inch and I cannot walk around with that on my face. As for PCOS no, I would think that would be the first thing the doc would think of.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007, 10:19 PM

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Just a follow up, I checked out PCOS and I only have the hair symptom. I have regular periods and have had 2 children so I am not infertile, both were very easy, and actually accidental, pregnancies, and Ijust had my yearly and the doc didnt notice any difference in my ovaries or thyroid. Thanks for the info though.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007, 10:29 PM

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I'd really look into laser treatments. Also, if you are going through menopause some women get more facilal hair growth because hormones are shifting. Also, ethnicity can play a role.

Some of us just grow more hair than others. It's hard not to be right smack in the mainstream with something. Hope you don't isolate yourself too much. Really talk directly with your doctor or a dermatologist. They hear this stuff everyday. I saw a dermatologist because my eyebrows are getting thin ...and she really helped.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007, 10:31 PM

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OP here- Yea it took me 6 years to finally talk to my doctor because it is so embarrasing. Its not menopause, i am actually on it now. It started with my first pregnancy. I didnt know that some women grow hair and then it just falls out after the pregnancy so my ex husband made me sahve it because HE was embarrased. It has just gotten worse over the years. I am saving up to do the lazer and am also hoping it will go away with the weight.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007, 10:58 PM

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Shaving the hair off might actually make it thicker. Not sure if this is true or just an old wive's tale but this is what my mother has always advised so check out other alternatives for hair removal. Also, not familiar with PCOS but you should consider getting a second opinion and don't assume that your doctor knows best. It's not always true and, sometimes, if you don't raise the question yourself, the doctor may not think of it either. Good luck!

Thursday, June 14, 2007, 3:01 AM

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Hang in there OP. You took a huge step just by putting it out here (and really so many people worry about this kind of stuff). And you asked the doctor. You are taking the steps you need to take to move ahead with this. I am amazed by how shame or worry stops me with stuff like this.

Do you have other blood relatives you can ask about this to see if it is a familial trend? My sister and I joke that our eyebrows are growing out our chins. All my menopausal friends compare notes on the best tweasing mirrors (chin hairs coupled with failing eyesight!!! pretty funny Huh?). As women we suffer this stuff. But we don't necessarily have to.

Sounds like there is a hormonal element for you. Pregnancy causes huge changes as does menopause.

Thursday, June 14, 2007, 9:49 AM

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9:01 are you dense or do you just act that way?

She said that in order to wax she needs hair growth would you want to walk around with facial hair so you could get to the point where you could finally wax?
Laser and photolysis can be expensive, and doesn't get to the root of the problem which appears to be hormonal

Thursday, June 14, 2007, 10:01 AM

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If you could almost shave twice a day, as you say, and you're embarassed to walk around with the hair on you, I'd advise making a waxing appointment for a Monday morning. (This is, of course, dependent of your work schedule). Then, shave Friday morning, go to work, come home, and camp out at home all weekend. Then Monday morning, it should be long enough to wax. A good waxer will tweeze out anything that didn't come off with the wax.

Then, as hairs grow in at different rates, you may be able to tweeze to keep up with it - should be just a few hairs to tweeze a day. That should at least keep it smoother than shaving, until you save up for the lazer treatments.

Thursday, June 14, 2007, 10:49 AM

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