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Women can find unwanted hair growth very embarrassing. This is especially true if she sports hair growth on her face. Excessive hair growth on a woman is also known as Hirsutism. This differs from the usual fine 'peach fuzz' that covers the rest of the body. Such hair can be characterized as dark and coarse.
Hirsutism has a number of causes. Some of the most common reasons for this condition are:
- Genes: Hirsutism often runs in families. Thus, if your mother or grandmother suffered from this skin condition, chances are that you may suffer from the same. This is most commonly seen in people from the Mediterranean region and South East Asia.
- Hormones: Hirsutism is also linked to an abnormally high level of male hormones like androgens in the body. This is usually seen in cases where women suffer from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Cushing's syndrome or tumors in the adrenal gland.
- Medication: A shift in hormone levels is also a common side effect of many types of medication. This is typically seen in drugs that include hormones, such as anabolic steroids, drugs that spur hair growth and drugs that help with endometriosis.
Facial hirsutism can be treated in a number of ways. Some of the ways to remove excess hair are:
- Shaving: This is an easy and quick way to remove unwanted skin. However, it may irritate the skin and with every shave, the hair growth may get coarser.
- Bleaching: This is a temporary solution for Hirsutism, but may irritate the skin and does not suit dark skinned women.
- Waxing: When done regularly, waxing can reduce the amount of hair growth. However, this is a painful technique and can cause skin inflammation.
- Laser hair treatment: Compared to the above forms of hair removal, laser treatment can remove hair for the longest period of time. However, this is not a permanent solution and can have side effects like the lightening or darkening of skin.
- Electrolysis: This is permanent solution to Hirsutism. It can require several sittings and may also lead to scarring or changes in skin colour.
- Medication: Prescription drugs can also change the way hair grows on the body. However, if you stop using this medication the hair growth with go back to its original form. Birth control pills and anti androgen blockers are the most common form of prescription drugs used to treat hirsutism.
Hi, I have turned up to 30 now. And I am a model by profession. My face skin is becoming very loose and wrinkle has started now a days. I do exercise mostly 3 and 4 time in a week. And do not drink and smoke ever. My skin is very sensitive that I can not use even a normal soap because it makes it dry and sometimes scratches start coming out. Please advise how can I make my face skin wrinkle free and tight and soft. Suggest me any fast effective method or medicine.
I have been suffering chapped lips from last 12 years & loosing my lip skin daily. Please suggest me tablet or something I can do with it. Thank you.
Hi Doctor, I am having seborrheic dermatitis condition and am using Tacrolimus ointment for the same. I use it once or twice a week only on certain regions of the face. The condition is quite controlled. Should I change my medication ir continue with the same. Is there a way this condition can be cured?
Actually I have an issue in skins between buttocks both sides . I feel like itching usually and the skin seems like dry and getting down by itching. Its color is changed to a lil darker. Its width is around 1 cm and height around 2-3 cm. I have this issue since months and didn't go to doctor and it's not getting further somehow.
My skin is oily and I am suffering from acne from last 2 years. please suggest any facewash and anti acne skin cream which will be ayurvedic or homemade. Thanks in advance.
My husband travels a lot and has lot of heat boils in the face and it keeps re appearing. Also the dandruff doesn't go off. Please advise a remedy for the same.
Sir, My name is satish. I was 21 years old. I was suffering from white spots on my skin for the past 1 year. I used to apply ketoved ointment but there are still. Please tell me what to do. Tell me what are the reasons for occurring white spots.
I have wheatish complexion and my skin type is dry but want to make it more brighter in complexion and a natural shiny look. For this I want some home made method. Please help.
I am 22 years old, my legs and hands are very dark compared to my face it looks very ugly. Wen I go out n came back my legs turn soo dark . why it so 7 also suggest treatment
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- 10 tablespoons of water
- 2 teaspoons of lemon juice
- One small bowl
Mix sugar and water in the small bowl.
Once the sugar solution is ready, add lemon juice into the bowl and mix well.
Now apply this sugar and lemon mixture on your face in the direction of hair growth on the face.
Allow this mixture to rest on your face for 15 to 20 minutes.
Wash it off with water after 20 minutes, by rubbing the mixture gently with your hands.
Repeat this process two to three times a week to see a reduction in facial hair.
Different types of berries like strawberries, blueberries, mulberries, blackberries, cranberries, raspberries, cherries and boysenberries are considered great skin foods due to their high antioxidant content.
In fact, a 2012 study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that berries have potent antioxidant capacity.
Antioxidants combat free radicals and slow down the aging process by reducing oxidative damage to cells. Along with antioxidants, berries have anti-inflammatory properties.
Berries are easy to eat as a snack and you can add some to your cereal, smoothies or yogurt everyday to enjoy healthy and beautiful skin.
2. Olive Oil
Olive oil is a good source of polyphenols, antioxidants like vitamin E, and essential fatty acids, which can actually help delay the aging process in a beautiful way.
It is also rich in squalane, a natural emollient that is great for your skin as well as nails, lips and hair. The high amount of vitamin E in olive oil helps protect cell membranes and guards your skin against damage from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.
You can apply olive oil directly on damp skin as a great moisturizer after taking a shower. It also makes a great hand moisturizer and can be used as a makeup remover.
To enjoy the health as well as beauty benefits of olive oil, sprinkle it on your salad and use it for cooking your meal.
3. Wild Salmon
Wild salmon is one of the best food sources for omega-3 fatty acids, which help maintain cell membranes to allow water and nutrients in while keeping harmful toxins out.
These healthy fats also reduce inflammation in the body and lower the risk of skin cancer. Salmon also contains selenium, a mineral that protects the skin from harmful UV rays.
Aim to eat at least two servings of this fatty fish each week. One serving equals two to three ounces. You can enjoy salmon grilled or baked, in pasta or salad, or as a side dish. Along with wild salmon, herring, mackerel and sardines will help promote smooth, clear and glowing skin.
This leafy green vegetable is rich in antioxidants along with vitamins B, C, and E, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for the overall health of your skin.
In a study published in the International Journal of Cancer, people who ate more spinach suffered less from different types of skin tumors compared with those who ate the least amount of spinach.
This is possible due to the high amount of folate in spinach that helps repair and maintain DNA, prevents cell damage and slows down the aging process. Also, the water content in spinach penetrates cell membranes and can give you plumper and less wrinkled skin.
Tomatoes are the best source of the anti-aging antioxidant lycopene. Lycopene helps reduce inflammatory response to harmful UV damage, thus protecting the skin from the damage due to sun’s rays. To enjoy the skin benefits of lycopene, you need to cook the tomatoes rather than eating them raw.
Tomatoes also contain a good amount of vitamin C, which helps in collagen production and protects cells from damage caused by free radicals.
6. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes contain a good amount of vitamin C, which helps in the production of collagen, a protein that reduces wrinkles and helps keep your skin nice and smooth. In addition, the vitamin A in sweet potatoes gives you a brighter complexion.
You can include sweet potatoes in your diet by adding them to casseroles, soups or salads. You can even try them baked as a side dish.
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