I used to have a lot of dark, black hair on my chin. Way more than I could pluck so I have been shaving it. It was so bad that I got a 5:00 shadow just like men, and even right after shaving you could see the dark hair just beneath my pale skin. I did some research and found a testimonial regarding Saw Palmetto. I bought some at my local Vitamin Shoppe. I picked Solaray's 580 mg capsules because they are certified organic. I was concerned that this is typically a male supplement used for prostrate support, but as you other ladies can imagine, I was desperate. I started with 1 capsule per day in the mornings and noticed that the growth was slowing so that I didn't get the 5:00 shadow. This occurred fairly quickly, within 2 weeks. So then I increased the dose to see if I could get rid of the hair by taking a second capsule in the evenings. After the 1st or 2nd day of increasing the dose, I took out my tweezers and pulled those suckers out -- ouch!! I am very happy to report that my chin is now almost hair-free just one week after going to two capsules per day. I have a few stragglers that I plan to pull out as needed. I read several places on curezone that once the hair starts to grow it is difficult to stop. Now I know that this is NOT true. I had dark black, coarse hair on my chin, and it's gone as far as I can tell. I don't know if the plucking hastened the process as compared to shaving. My bottle is marked $32.49 (and I think I probably got a discount off of that price). It's well worth it to get rid of the hair. I also want to mention that I have been taking some alkalizing drops as well, and that these alkalizers have done wonders with my hormones. For the past three months I have had regular, on time periods, something I have never in my life had before. So if you try the Saw Palmetto and it doesn't work, you might need to alkalize as well. Also, I am very heavy, 240 pounds, so if you are smaller you may not need as large a dose of the Saw Palmetto.
Good luck getting rid of the unwanted hair! Please, please, try this if you are suffering. I know how you feel and how unfeminine it is to have a beard. I would love to hear if it works for anyone else.
I found it by doing a google search for Saw Palmetto for Hirsutism. By the way, the hair is starting to come back but not as many as before, and I think that it has to do with where I was in my cycle when I reported the hair growth stopping. I am going to increase my dose of Saw Palmetto to see if I can reach a point where the hair will stop altogether. My mother is very big on the progesterone creams, but I do not feel that adding one hormone to balance another hormone is necessarily the way to go.
after reading your message i decided to do a bit of a search on google for saw palmetto, seems like it ca be used as a herbal treatment for certain things including hirsutism (excess facial hair)...i am 26 and have suffered with facial hair for the best part of 10 years and i do get down alot about it so i thought i would go to my local health store and buy a bottle. the dosage says to take two caps (each of 450mg) twice a day so this is what i have been doing, for about 3 weeks now...i am noticing a slow but sure reduction of facial hair, especially on my chin which used to have very dark stubborn coarse hairs, and my upper lip hair seems to be growing slightly slower too, i still use my usual hair removal method (waxing) once a week, and am continuing to take the capsules and praying very hard that they work! as anyone with facial hair knows it can get you down, especially when you are talking to people face to face, it can build up paranoia no end as it feels like all people are doing is staring at your facial hair!!!
anyways, i just wanted to say thanks for the advice and your note about your particular experience of it, and i'm sure your message has helped other people to try a natural herbal solution to this horrid problem! i also wanted to ask you if you had success with the saw palmetto, as you said you were going to increase the dosage and see how it goes, please let me know if it worked. also how long did it take to get a permanent result if it did work? any help and advice appreciated.
Okay, not sure when the time frame from these posts are... But its May 24, 2011.
I can no longer stand the facial hair and extremely worried that all can see including my husband.
Plucking is getting really old. And hormones are out of the question. so here goes. I am taking Saw Palmetto today and will post my results...
I don't know how long ago this was posted, but I was curious of the results. My facial hair is getting out of control and I am extremely self conscious about it, I'm willing to try just about anything at this point. I hope this gets seen! Thank you!
I'm 18 years old, a college student, & I have really bad facial hair. Like, I have a beard, mustache, happy trail. Even after I shave, there is still stubble. I need help, can anyone tell me a way to get rid of all this unwanted body hair?!
Hi there, I'm so sorry to hear about your struggle. I completely understand...please know that although you probably don't visibly see many women around who have this same problem, you are NOT alone. I think many have just managed to find a good way to hide it, or have finally scrounged up the funds to get it removed more permanently.
I am 33 years old and have been struggling for years with excessive facial hair on my chin (no where else - thankfully). I am fair-skinned, and the hair is extremely dark, course and thick. Creams are useless on this hair, and I have tried everything. Typically, I pluck, but over time, this can cause discolouration of the skin, and can create ingrown hairs. My advice, if you choose to pluck, would be to spend the time to do it right. Start with an exfoliant cleanser. Then, a warm cloth to open your pores. Make sure your tweezers are sterilized (rubbing alcohol) and try to be as gentle on your face as possible. Once done, immediately place a cool cloth to close your pours and try to reduce redness. Then, use a toner or witch-hazel (or tea-trea oil) to remove any lasting bacteria which can cause more irritation and acne. Finally, when all dry, add a light moisturizer.
Recently, I have taken the plunge to get laser hair removal - but I won't be starting for several weeks. You must avoid getting any kind of tan (and it's summer - I'm already tanned) and you can ONLY shave for 4 weeks prior to your treatment. No waxing or plucking allowed. I managed one week before I had to pluck again - I haven't found the best shaving techniques yet - my skin becomes extremely irritated.
BUT - one main thing I wanted to share was that I recently started taking some herbal supplements (FEMMED Hormonal Balance containing Chaste Tree Berry and black cohosh root). The bottle was approx $25 at the drug store, and is intended to help with PMS symptoms and menstruation regularity. It has been about 4 days - and I don't know if it's just in my mind or not, but I actually think I'm noticing a change - it's amazing!! So far, the growth is not as thick as usual....less hairs and they aren't quite as thick.
I have also seen that drinking spearmint tea daily can help to balance your hormones.
MOST IMPORTANTLY you must go see a doctor to make sure there isn't something more serious going on. I have been tested for everything, and am lucky that I don't have PCOS. But, PCOS is a very common reason for facial hair growth - and the facial hair is the least of the problems - you must get yourself checked out first! I know it's embarrassing....try to push yourself, you must!
Once summer is over, I will re-attempt to spend 4 weeks shaving so I can go to laser treatment (I've already purchased the sessions) but my hope is that between the supplements and the spearmint tea, it will be lesser so that the shaving is easier.
Finally - to deal with the 5 0'clock shadow from shaving, check out some Transgendered sites (male to female). They have incredible makeup tips to hide the shadow. It's all about the colour wheel. If you have a darkish blue tinge from the shadow, try lightly going over it with orange/red lipstick (just that area). Blend very gently - you will look weird and red, but trust me!!
Then, go over it with a normal coloured cover stick and blend. Finally, cover your entire face with your regular foundation. You won't look red anymore ....and the shadow will be much, much lighter if noticable at all. The orange cancelles out the blue.
Good luck my dear.
Other options are waxing or laser....depends on your funds though.
Here are some easy home remedies:
1.Squeeze 10 ml lemon juice into 40 ml honey and prepare a mixture. Take a cotton swab and rub this mixture in the direction of the hair growth. Rinse after 15 minutes. Repeat twice a week for two weeks.
2.Mix 30 gm of Sugar with 10 ml of freshly squeezed lemon juice in 150 ml of water. Mix well and then apply it on the face in the direction of the hair growth. Leave it for 15 minutes, then rinse with cold water, rubbing the facial area gently. Repeat once every week.
3.Taking spearmint tea twice a day for five days.
4.A paste of gram flour, curd and a pinch of turmeric powder can be used on a daily basis.
5.Use a pumice stone while bathing.
Hope this is of help to you.
I had a thought regarding that story, that shaving causes hair to grow back thicker. When I shave my legs, there's something like 7-10 days where I can't feel the breezes and textures around my legs like normal. What if the neurons in the skin react to that denial of proprioception (sensing what id's around you by touch) by making more hairs grow? After all, one can think of body hair add having a sort of function like whiskers.. What if the skin considers the hairs important?
Waxing is a method of semi-permanent hair removal which removes the hair from the root. New hairs will not grow back in the previously waxed area for two to eight weeks. There are many types of waxing suitable for removing unwanted hair.
Have you resolved this issue yet?
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My daughter is 23 absolutely beautiful and intelligent. She has just lost 115 lbs by diet and exercise and her self esteem has plummeted due to her unwanted hair all over he body. She has become increasingly depressed. I don't know how to help her.
Hi i am a 41 yr old female and i have been shaving my upper lip area and my chin. The upper area has a greenish or a dark color on from shaving alot, except my chin does'nt have that color. So my question is what can i use instead of shaving them..im embarrased to near people when i conversate with them, i dont like to be seen in daylight. I have a low self esteem because of it..Please help me on what should i do or use to get rid of the facial hair and dark color i have on my upper lip from shaving..
Hi, I also have a problem with facial hair. I would suggest that you talk to your doctor about it and see what she suggests. I have been taking spironolactone for about 10 years, and it has greatly reduced my facial hair. Good luck!
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uve got to try hairycure. im soooooooo happy i havent got any nasty face hair anymore n even used it on my sideburns. just put it on afta waxing n rub it in. few applications later it doesnt grow back at all. its a permanent hair removing oil n its herbal hope this helps u
I'm new to the forum but I came on here because I'm also dealing with the problem of female facial hair. In fact I have excess hair on my chin, eyebrows (thick, coarse hair and long strands), arms, nipples, toes and below my bellybutton.
I'm 27 and not taking any medications, but in the past I took antidepressants, contraceptives and anticonvulsants (for epilepsy) I've always had hormone problems especially painful periods and PMS, since I started menstruating, but I think the anti-convulsants and/or the pill may have altered my hormone levels, as my hair problems got a lot worse around age 19 when I was on both those meds.
I find the facial hair quite distressing, especially as (er..) I'm quite attractive otherwise. I'm wondering if anyone can suggest me a cure? Unfortunately I don't have a good relationship with a doctor, and in any case I'm painfully shy at the best of times, so I'd prefer something I can administer myself- a herbal cure perhaps, or something I could buy over the net? I'm grateful for all your suggestions!
This is my experience in the last few months. I hope it will be helpful for someone. I know how frustrating and embarressing this problem is.
I had excess facial hair esp. the chin line and bit of a "mustace" which was darker on one side.
I usually had to tweeze about 100 hairs per day!
As I got older, all the peach fuzz on my face started growing darker and longer.
I finally remembered some advice from Curezone.
I believe this was in the "Ask Dr Sutter" forum several yrs ago.
He sais to use maca. I bought maca powder and took about 1tsp, maybe a little more, in water each day.
After about 1-1/2 months I noticed the hair growth was lighter.
Now I dont even have to tweeze every day! Also the hairs on the rest of my face are not growing as long or as aggressively as they were before.
I also add progesterone cream when I think of it, once a day, about 1/2 tsp rubbed into skin around neck or breast or inside of arms.
The Progest cream I got from Puritan Pride and the maca powder I think I got from Amazon.
There are maca pills but those have fillers in them also.
I believe the maca helps balance hormones.
But I'm not a dr. and I have no financial interest in maca or progesterone cream or Puritan Pride or Amazon.
Hey. I was also on antidepressants and found there was excessive hair growth in all the places you have mentioned. I dont know it they coincide with each other though. There are lots of things you can do to slow the growth/get rid of the hair. Laser tx can be highly effective as well as electrolysis for longer permanent results but you may need to save up for that. You can get hair inhibiting cream which can work. I have also read lately that pepperment tea has been related to decreased testosterone levels, which is good, but however once a hair follicle is stimulated, even when there is decreased hormone, it will still produce a dark, coarse hair. The only way to kill it is laser or electrolysis. I have been dealing with this a long time, and its a horrible way to feel/live. I understand completely how you feel... but your not alone. Best of luck :)