Idiopathic hirsutism: excessive bodily and facial hair in women – Part 2

Jenna the Cherry Creek hair removal specialist back to finish summarizing the article “Idiopathic hirsutism: excessive bodily and facial hair in women” by Ebtisam Elghblawi. The next part of the article discusses treatment for idiopathic hirsutism. There are a variety of different treatments, which are often used in combination. The first category of treatment is hormonal suppression; this consists of drugs such as oral contraceptives and insulin sensitizers. An example of an insulin sensitizer is metformin. A side effect of metformin is that it reduces levels of androgens, which should reduce hirsutism. The first line of attack of hirsutism is usually administering oral contraceptives. There is no one right choice of oral contraceptives; the dose and type of contraceptive may differ for each person.

The second category of treatment is peripheral androgen receptor blocks on hair follicles, which includes drugs like spironolactone, flutamide, and finasteride. The second line of attack is usually spironolactone. Sometimes it is most efficient when combined with an oral contraceptive.

The third category of treatment is mechanical removal. Mechanical removal simply means physically removing the hair. This includes things like shaving, waxing, sugaring, bleaching, laser, and (of course, my favorite) electrolysis. One lesser known method is topical application of eflornithine. This is a cream that slows hair growth and thickness. It does it by inhibiting a particular enzyme that is responsible for cell growth and differentiation. Eflornithine is the generic name; the brand name is Vaniqa. This drug may not work for all patients and may include side effects like burning, tingling, and dry skin.

Hirsutism can be psychologically, emotionally, and psychosocially distressing for many women. The good news is that there are ways to deal with it; don’t go through years of pain and suffering when you can start permanent hair removal in Denver immediately.