Menopause Symptoms: Facial Hair and What To Do About It

by Laura Ramirez on October 18, 2011

Among menopause symptoms, facial hair that suddenly grows without warning seems to have become the silent complaint with women. (I know, I have a single hair that seems to suddenly appear in the center of my chin. I jokingly refer to it as my “chin horn,” but truly, it is embarrassing, especially, when during one of my husband’s less sensitive moments, he plucked it from my chin and exclaimed, “You have a whisker!”)

 

It is both embarrassing and bewildering, but facial hair is definitely hormone-related. Most cases of women upset over visible hair on their cheeks, chin, sideburns, and upper lip can actually be attributed to a hormonal condition called hypertrichosis. Hypertrichosis affects almost forty million women in the United States alone, so don’t fret because you are not alone in going through this “hairy” experience.

 

In most of these instances, the menopause symptoms of facial hair growth and hair thinning at the top of the head are inter-related. Again, it depends a lot on the levels of estrogen and testosterone in a woman’s body. As one of the menopause symptoms, both facial hair growth (following a male pattern-like growth) and thinning scalp hair have become the source of shame and lowered self-esteem for women. Knowing how to deal with both is a vital first step to alleviating the pain of this situation.

Facial hair removal can be done several ways without resorting to risky chemical treatments. Threading is a reliable technique to get rid of even fine hairs on the face, especially for the upper lip and brow areas. It can be a bit painful for some women, though. Another salon offering a suddenly-hirsute (hirsuite is another word for hairy), menopausal woman can take advantage of is cold wax hair removal. It encourages slower and finer hair growth, and is relatively painless. It is more advantageous over hot wax because it doesn’t require messy heating, and gets rid of the chance of burns, allergies, and angry red marks on the skin. Some common techniques to remove unwanted facial hair but which actually aggravate it include plucking and shaving. They can pave the way for coarser re-growth, thickness, skin cuts and nicks, and even ingrown hair.

 

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Menopause symptoms: facial hair can be embarrassing but there are things you can do to eliminate this problem.

As one of many menopause symptoms, facial hair growth is best addressed in a gentle and natural way so as not to wreak havoc with the body’s style of coping with changes. Knowing how to keep skin healthy is a great first step. Using a low-dose estrogen cream like Source Naturals Phyto-Estrogen Cream, 4 oz can help stop those facial hairs from suddenly appearing out of nowhere. Just put a teaspoon on your tummy, wrist on your inner arm daily.

 

Eat a healthy diet by avoiding processed and refined food, and sticking to organic and fiber-rich meals. Use only the gentlest skin products to cleanse, tone, and moisturize. Exercise regularly so that pores are cleansed naturally. Keep an eye out for homeopathic lotions that use natural components that will not harm the skin. Some of these are retinol, an antioxidant which regulates skin cell production; Vitamin B6 to regulate hair growth; extracts of olive leaves for protection against free radicals and prevent the growth of microbes and fungus; and salicylic acid for pore cleansing, improvement of skin tone, and proper exfoliation.  In addition, ingredients like extract of wax myrtle and organic Zinc give antioxidant protection and a healthy skin tone if used regularly.

Copyright © 2011 by Laura Ramirez. All rights reserved.

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