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Managing Unwanted Facial Hair During Menopause: Tips and Treatments

Discover the reasons behind unwanted facial hair growth during menopause and explore effective ways to manage it safely and confidently.
Dr. Bhavika M
October 19, 2023

Do you suddenly notice an increase in hair growth on your upper lip and chin? You're not alone! This "peach fuzz" affects nearly 40% of women over the age of 45. Hormonal changes during menopause often cause hair loss on the scalp, but facial hair is another issue altogether. Increased hair growth may appear on the upper lip, chin, jawline, sidelocks, chest, or back, causing distress for many women.

The Role of Hormones in Unwanted Facial Hair Growth

The primary reason behind this change is the hormonal fluctuations in your body. As time goes by, estrogen levels decrease, while testosterone levels in the blood increase. Consequently, hair that was once fine and barely visible can become thick and coarse. Understanding that this is a normal process can help you come to terms with it.

Managing Facial Hair During Menopause

If the unwanted facial hair bothers you, there are several safe methods to remove or manage it.

Assess the Situation Realistically

Many women tend to overthink their facial hair growth, magnifying the issue. Often, these changes are not as apparent to others. Before seeking remedies, gain a clear understanding of the extent of the problem.

Plucking and Threading

For one or two noticeable strands, tweezers are a safe option. Threading, a popular method since teenage years, remains reliable and safe when performed by an expert.

Shaving with Caution

Facial razors, when used by professionals, can remove excess hair quickly. However, they may cause redness, irritation, bumps, acne, and rashes, especially on dry or sensitive skin. Consult a dermatologist before trying this method.

Medical Treatment Options

A dermatologist can recommend alternative treatments, such as laser hair removal or hair reduction creams, and guide you on managing unwanted hair growth at home.

Precautions and When to Consult a Dermatologist

Avoid using hair removal creams on your face, as they may cause dryness and are often intended for body hair only. If you experience sudden or rapid growth in facial or body hair, consult a dermatologist to rule out any medical conditions.

In conclusion, unwanted facial hair growth during menopause is a normal change that occurs with time. Consult a dermatologist to ensure you manage it effectively and safely.