Menopause and Facial Hair

Menopause and Unwanted Facial Hair: Causes and Treatment Options

Our hormone levels fluctuate throughout our lives due to factors such as menstruation, pregnancy, weight gain, and menopause. While menopause is a perfectly natural biological process, it often comes with physical effects and sensations that many women find unpleasant and even distressing.

Specifically, the declining estrogen levels during menopause can significantly affect hair growth. This includes thinning hair on the scalp and increased growth of unwanted facial hair, such as “peach fuzz” and dark, coarse hair often appearing on the upper lip and chin. The hair on their scalp thins, while the chin or upper lip sprouts patches of “peach fuzz” to extremely coarse hair. In fact, the results of one study show that nearly 40% of women aged 45 years and older experience unwanted facial hair growth.

Causes of Unwanted Facial Hair after Menopause

Both men and women have hair follicles evenly distributed on their facial skin. However, due to the influence of estrogen, these follicles produce thin, barely noticeable hairs called “vellus”.

Following menopause, estrogen levels decline, while testosterone levels remain the same. Under the influence of testosterone, the facial hair follicles can begin producing dark, coarse facial hair.

Moreover, if you notice sudden unwanted facial and body hair growth, it is essential to consult your primary health practitioner because it may indicate a more serious medical condition. For instance, rapid and unwanted hair growth can also be triggered by polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), as well as tumours of the ovaries and adrenal glands.

What Can I Do About Unwanted Facial Hair?

Having some facial hair growth is natural for both men and women. However, many women feel uncomfortable by the appearance of fine, long hairs on the sides of the face and neck, or coarse hairs around the chin and lip areas. What’s more, having unwanted facial hair can also result in significant anxiety and low self-esteem.

The good news is, there are many effective hair removal methods available, ranging from temporary to permanent techniques. Waxing, shaving, tweezing, and laser hair removal are all perfectly acceptable temporary ways to deal with unwanted facial hairs. However, these methods merely produce temporary results, and need to be repeated on a regular basis. What’s more, their costs can add up significantly over the years. Based on the degree of unwanted hair growth, plucking, tweezing, threading, or waxing may do the trick in the short term, but they can quickly become a nuisance.

Enjoy the Advantages of Permanent Hair Removal

Did you know that galvanic electrolysis is the only permanent hair removal method approved by the FDA? It provides life-long results, and once you have completed your treatment, you will no longer need to worry about unwanted facial hair growth. This technique works by targeting each individual hair follicle to permanently eliminate the stem cells responsible for hair production.

At Permanence – hair free for life, we offer our innovative Vanic method of multi-probe galvanic electrolysis. This technique is safe and highly effective and unlike laser hair removal, it works for all hair types and colours, as well as for all skin types.

Moreover, we provide a free initial consultation, during which our skilled therapists will evaluate your area of concern and create a custom Permanence Treatment Plan to help you achieve smooth, hair-free skin.



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