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How To Deal With Excessive Hair On Your Body

How To Deal With Excessive Hair On Your Body

This video explains why some people have excess or thick hair as compared to others. Dr. Wakerly will also tell us about the various options available today to get rid of the excess unwanted hair and will also discuss side effects if any, related with these methods.

I am here today to talk to you about how to get rid of excessive hair growth. Usually, it's a problem in women and it's either because of the male pattern hair growth, so there's more facial hair or thicker hair growth generally throughout the body.

This is technically called Hirsutism, what is considered hirsute depends on the culture and the race as well, it is nearly always genetic, sometimes it's because of increased level of male hormones in the body, but sometimes these hormones can be normal, in which case, it's because the hairfall occurs more sensitive to smaller levels of male hormone, so level is normal, but they are more sensitive to the action of the hormone, so the hair grows thicker and it is more as well in number. More overly, it can be caused by Polycystic Ovary Syndrome which is a hormonal imbalance where you get high levels of testosterone in your body or something called Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia. You probably will need to see your GP, and he will do some blood tests on you for male hormones to check for hormone imbalance, especially if you got period irregularity, it might point to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or PCOS, other blood tests may also be required.

So depending on the underlying cause, there are various different ways of getting rid of thick hair, there are physical methods such as depilatories, shaving ,waxing, electrolysis, laser - the later two are more permanent ways of removing the hair. Common misconception is that shaving makes the hair grow thicker, it doesn't. What it does is it cuts the hair blunt so when it grows it looks a lot thicker because the end is quite blunt rather than being tapered like a normal hair.

Thing about using the cream is they can irritate slightly, so you need to be careful about that. To contract hormonal imbalances, there are medical treatments that your GP can offer you. You can go on the pill.

Some are more effective such as Dynet or Yasmin. This can take about 6 to 12 months for the hair to grow thinner, so you need to be a bit patient if you can. With any medication, there are side effects, and sometimes of each and sometimes it's just a matter of trial and error.

You can also, in this country, use something called Vaniqa, which is a cream which thins the hair as well, but obviously, once you stop using the cream, the hair will come back thicker. So I hope this has been useful in trying to help improve the increased excess hair growth and thank you for listening.