Facial hair can be a pesky problem. It can appear on your upper lip, your chin and even around your jawline – yes ladies, I’m talking to you! Not only is it unsightly, but it can also be painful to remove. If you are wondering how you ended up with facial hair (and you’re not a man), it could be any number of factors including genetics, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), thyroid problems, pharmaceutical medications and more. But it doesn’t have to continue!

Stop the growth of unwanted facial hair with these ideas treatments:

43986134_m1. Hair Removal.

Waxing, threading, and tweezing are all great ways to remove large amounts of unwanted facial hair. In just seconds, a professional waxer can eliminate an unwanted mustache or reshape overly-bushy eyebrows for you. It may sound painful, but actually when done correctly these facial hair removal treatments are virtually painless. For a simple at-home solution to stray hairs, a strong pair of tweezers with an angled tip does the trick!

2. Creams.cream-1327847_1280

Hair removal creams and hair bleaching creams can be purchased over-the-counter for use at home. These types of medicated creams do work, however they can be harsh for those with sensitive skin types.

3. Laser.

These are one of the most common and most effective procedures to remove facial hair. Able to focus highly concentrated light beams directly into hair follicles, the new budding hair strands simply die off before they can grow. Laser hair removal is a great way to avoid the constant demand of shaving, tweezing, waxing and threading.

4. Anti-Androgen Medications.

Androgens are hormones that work to encourage the production of male sex hormones including testosterone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT), and androstenedione. An overproduction of these hormones is a leading cause of unwanted facial hair growth in women. However, it can be difficult to slow the release of these hormones without androgen blocker medications, or birth control pills. Consult your doctor to see what is right for you.

5. Nutritional Therapy.

If you have tried different treatments for facial hair in the past, but they failed to provide effective results, you may simply be eating the wrong foods. Today, many different hormone-altering chemicals are found in some of the most common foods. To reduce the growth of unwanted facial hair, avoid these ingredients at all costs: Bisphenol A, or BPA (found in canned foods), Dioxins (animal products), Atrazine (corn), Perchlorate (reverse osmosis drinking water), Arsenic (rice).

Once you have removed all of the endocrine disrupting foods from your diet, add these foods to restore proper hormone balance: wild-caught salmon, sardines, sea vegetables, scallops, shrimp, whole grains and plain yogurt.

On the bright side, you’re not alone. One in every four women have unwanted facial hair! While some women are more prone to excess amounts of hair it is a personal matter that can be treated by a professional, or in the comfort of your home. Try these 5 effective treatments for facial hair, and if the problem still persists, talk to your doctor.

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