So, you got mistaken for the bearded lady. Not cool! Facial hair is more than a superficial annoyance. It is most likely caused by a skin condition called Hirsutism. Hirsutism (HUR-soot-iz-um) is a condition in women that results in excessive hair growth in a male-like pattern on face, chest and back. With hirsutism, extra hair growth often arises from excessive male hormones (androgens), primarily testosterone.
Common causes for Hirsutism include Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), Enzyme deficiency (17 hydroxylase deficiency (a form of adrenal hyperplasia) and unknown reasons. Less common causes include medications, Androgen-producing tumors, and Cushing’s Syndrome.
Plucking, pulling or shaving can worsen hirsutism by irritating the skin. For this reason, a groundbreaking treatment was developed to slow the effects of hirsutism using topical (cream) Eflornithine. Eflornithine works by blocking a protein enzyme needed for hair growth. Thus, slowing the process of hair growth and thinning the hair strands that do eventually grow. In clinical studies in women with excessive, unwanted facial hair, eflornithine 15% cream was superior to placebo in reducing hair growth, after 2 to 8 weeks’ treatment. Eflora eflornithine hydrochloride 13.9% cream also known as Vaniqa cream, has been proven safe and effective in significantly reducing unwanted facial hair growth in women. See “Shop” for product availability.