Several conditions or underlying factors may result in hirsutism, a condition in which women grow excess hair in areas such as the face, chest or back. When this occurs, a dermatology care provider can help reduce or remove the unwanted hair and improve confidence. Hirsutism patients in the Poulsbo, Washington area can turn to West Sound Dermatology.
What is Hirsutism?
Hirsutism is a condition which causes women to grow dark and often coarse hair in male patterns. Women with hirsutism will typically see dark hair on the face, chest or back. In some cases, the condition can also cause a deepening voice, balding or thinning hair and acne.
Hirsutism is caused by imbalanced hormones. This can be associated with factors such as PCOS, Cushing syndrome, congenital adrenal hyperplasia or tumors. Hirsutism may also be a side effect of medications such as minoxidil, danazol, testosterone or dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA).
Treatment Options for Hirsutism
Several treatment options may be available for hirsutism. In most cases, it is recommended that patients address any underlying causes first. This is important for your overall health.
Topical treatments can be used to remove facial hair. This includes eflornithine (Vaniqa).
Laser hair removal can also be beneficial for women with hirsutism. This treatment is often recommended for areas such as the back or chest. Laser hair removal is best for women with dark hair and lighter skin tones, but may be available for a wider range of patients in some cases. During a consultation, your treatment provider can explain your best options according to your specific symptoms, skin type and more.