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I'm growing a beard (and I'm a female)


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Ladies and Gentlemen,

I, Tikiremy, am growing a beard.

Not because it's all the new rave, but because I have too many of the man-mones apparently. My voice isn't very deep (though I've been told it's sultry), I'm not too muscular, but I'm growing a freaking beard.

I have hair growing out of my chin!!! It was okay when it was just the super long sideburns. It was tolerable when it was just the light hair growing on the sides of my mouth. I didn't complain too much then. Even when I saw a blond strand on the side of my face. Though it was weird, it was semi-entertaining.

But why, oh why is hair growing out of my chin!?!? I literally have to pluck like 16 hairs from my chin every week...and counting. I'm afraid that as I get older, I will eventually turn into a warewolf. Cry

So, how do we fix this???

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Electrolosys? Or maybe a depilatory facial cream.  Nothing to freak out about, it could be just a hormonal balance that will correct itself in time.  :)

If this is your picture, you are far too young and pretty to be dealing with this.  Have you had your hormones checked.  That would be the first place to start.

I'm almost 66 and I've had this problem starting about 10 years ago and it's just getting worse.  I'm about to buy an electric razor and be done with it.  Surprised

But you shouldn't have to put up with this for a long time.  Get your hormone levels checked.

Have you heard of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome? (PCOS for short)

If, along with excess hair on your face, you experience irregular periods, oily skin, acne, loss/thinning of head hair, and are overweight, you may have PCOS.  The symptoms vary from person to person, and not everyone will have all of the above.  In my case, I was overweight, had excess hair, but periods were completely regular.

To diagnose PCOS you need to visit your GP and get a referral to an endocrinologist.  You can get blood tests and an ultrasound of your ovaries done (to check if they have cysts). 

To read more about PCOS you can start with the wiki page, and I also highly recomment http://www.soulcysters.com

PS - it's not all doom and gloom.  If you go see your doctor you should be able to get drugs which will help with the excess hair.  Some options include cyproterone acetate or spironolactone (pills) or vaniqa (a cream). 

 

Out of these PCOS symptoms, the only one I have is excess hair. I could ask about it though.

Thanks guys! So far, my bf doesn't mind...because he doesn't know...lol

Oh noes!!! I'm imbalanced!!!! Cry

Ahhhh I feel your pain, I have hair in places where it should not exist. Including my chin/side burns. I pluck them all regularly.

 

Edit: It may or may not be PCOS, but if sometimes hormonal imbalances can occur from simply being overweight (dunno if you are or not).

Original Post by cptbunny:

Ahhhh I feel your pain, I have hair in places where it should not exist. Including my chin/side burns. I pluck them all regularly.

 Is it just me, or do they grow back thicker? I heard that was a myth, but I swear that for every hair I pluck, 2 grow back. Or maybe it's just my imagination.

They grow back the same every time. They grow faster though. I pluck them twice as often as my eyebrows.

Facial hair (on women) and acne are disgusting.  You are very lucky that you do not have acne, because the same male hormones that cause facial hair USUALLY cause acne at the same time.

Women SHOULD NOT have to suffer from facial hair. It is unfeminine.

I may have PCOS, and a few years ago I decided that I WOULD NOT accept facial hair and acne (which I also had).    Shaving  or plucking my chin was not a good enough solution for me. I refused to live with facial hair growing in the first place. Even though it was only a few small hairs.

I told my doctor that I needed to balance my hormones, to get them at normal levels to see if the male - facial hair symptoms would go away.  She gave me a medication, which lowered the level of male hormones.

After a few months the acne went away. I never had enough facial hair to monitor how effectively it went away, as I only had about 4 - 5tiny strands of it to begin with. The facial hair took longer to go than the acne though.

Even of you do balance your hormones, and you do not have too many male hormones, my gyno once told me that some people are overly sensitive to NORMAL levels of male hormones. In this case, an endocrinologist (hormone specialist) would probably know the most about what action you should take to eliminate the facial hair.

Original Post by personaltrainer87:

Facial hair (on women) and acne are disgusting. 

Thank you so much for this personaltrainer.  I'm sure you made everybody feel better.

tikiremy, there are wax strips that you can use to get rid of the hair.

Original Post by tikiremy:

Out of these PCOS symptoms, the only one I have is excess hair. I could ask about it though.

Thanks guys! So far, my bf doesn't mind...because he doesn't know...lol

Oh noes!!! I'm imbalanced!!!! Cry

PCOS is weird that way. You don't need all the symptoms to have it. If you look at two people with PCOS, they could both have different symptoms (and varying degrees of each symptom). In any event, go see an endocrinologist who can do an ultrasound of your ovaries (to check for cysts) to confirm. Also, get some blood work and see what's going on with your hormones. 

I have acne.  Apparently I am disgusting.

*fistpump*

Original Post by rosieblue:

Original Post by personaltrainer87:

Facial hair (on women) and acne are disgusting. 

Thank you so much for this personaltrainer.  I'm sure you made everybody feel better.

tikiremy, there are wax strips that you can use to get rid of the hair.

I'm sure this is a personal opinion of facial hair and acne on herself, I wouldn't read any more into it.  I don't think anyone wants either acne or odd facial hair.  Undecided

Unfortunately, I have this too.  I use Sally Hanson Cream Face Hair Remover (I hope it's okay to say that).  Before I started using that, I was extremely embarrassed because I would see people noticing it.  I believe mine started because of a hormone medication I was taking, but I'm not sure.

Im 22 and have had facial hair since i started puberty. Mainly it was/is on my upper lip. Its quite dark and think and if i dont bleach it, it totally looks like a moustache.

I also have hair growing from my chin, i pluck the dark thick ones out, normally have to do it every day. 

I also have a wolverine thing going on along my jaw line. Its not dark or anything, kinda fluffly and soft. Thats not too bad, you only notice it when im wearing makeup (goes orange). 

I bleach all of this hair, normally around once a month. Unfortunatly its not effective on those nasty corse black chin hairs. 

Anyway..... just wanted to let you know that you are not alone. 

Thanks guys for the support. I don't like the hair on my chinny chin chin, but I'm kinda anti hormone treatments.

I don't really know what to do if I find out I have PCOS, because I really don't want to take any medicine, or apply cream.

Is there any natural way to reduce body hair, other than plucking/shaving? I'm allergic to wax too. It makes me break out. I have very sensitive skin...psoriasis I think...still have to get that diagnosed. I'm just a mess!!!

I thought everyone had light hair on their chin Surprised

It is incredibly common (I've worked in a spa and a laser hair treatment center, there's a reason those places are all over the place) and it's not a disorder. You should NOT pump your body full of synthetic hormones to get rid of a few stray hairs. Plucking is fine, or if it really bothers you look into electrolosis or laser hair removal but please don't think there is anything wrong with you or that you are a freak.

I certainly have some light hairs on my lip, but this is the beauty of being blond.  My arm hair is pretty thick too but it's not noticeable, :D

I DO NOT think pimples or facial hair make a person LOOK disgusting.  I think that pimples and facial hair ALONE, as INDIVIDUAL ELEMENTS, are disgusting.  I have suffered with acne before and having a big red pimple looks and feels disgusting to me. It does not make the whole person look disgusting!

Lastly, looks are only superficial, and there is obviously much more to a person than their appearance. Their over all energy as person is what makes someone appear attractive or not.

Original Post by ambereva:

It is incredibly common (I've worked in a spa and a laser hair treatment center, there's a reason those places are all over the place) and it's not a disorder. You should NOT pump your body full of synthetic hormones to get rid of a few stray hairs. Plucking is fine, or if it really bothers you look into electrolosis or laser hair removal but please don't think there is anything wrong with you or that you are a freak.

PCOD is real, I've lived with it for years.  The facial hair and the acne is minor compared to what this disease can do to your ovaries, not to mention the hot flashes and the feeling that your going to faint.  It is definately worth getting checked out, at a minimum discuss it with your doctor.  I was 26 when I was diagnosed, and I had lived with it for at least 5 years before I was diagnosed.  I have now been treating it for 16 years, and wouldn't change a thing.

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