What is Hirsutism?

posted on May 10, 18 to Blog

by Jennifer D.

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When it comes to unwanted hair growth for women, there are some problems you simply can’t plan for no matter how closely you monitor your skin. One of those dilemmas is excessive hair growth driven by hormonal imbalances. This condition is known as “hirsutism”, which causes coarse hair to grow mostly on a woman’s face, chest and back. This condition is caused by a high level of male hormones (androgens) in women.

To put it mildly, living with hirsutism can be daunting, but luckily there are a number of ways to treat the condition. Here are the ways you can identify symptoms of hormonal hair growth and effectively prevent it and treat it.

How to Identify Hirsutism

As you might expect, not all unwanted hair is caused by hormonal imbalances. The hair fueled by hirsutism is very dark and coarse, which differs from the peach fuzz that typically grows on a woman’s face and body. If you notice coarser, patchier hair that you think could be hormonal, then be sure to visit your doctor for an expert’s opinion.

Causes of Hirsutism

There are a number of causes of hirsutism, including excessive testosterone, reactions to certain medications, and adrenal gland disorders. The most frequent cause though is polycystic ovarian syndrome, commonly referred to as PCOS. This makes up 3 out of the 4 cases of hirsutism in the United States alone. To learn more about PCOS and how Luna Smooth can treat the condition, read our blog post here.

Lifestyle is another contributing factor to hormonal hair growth. PCOS often comes as a result of poor diet and obesity. To ensure you’re taking all the precautionary steps you can to avoid diagnosis, maintain a healthy lifestyle through regular exercise, abstaining from unhealthy foods, and keeping a leveled state of mind.


Fortunate for those who are diagnosed with hirsutism, there are multiple treatments available to you. Here are a handful of options.

a.) Managing Your Hormones

Controlling your hormones is, of course, one of the primary ways to combat hormonal hair growth. In addition to maintaining a healthy weight, your doctor may suggest you begin taking birth control pills and antiandrogen medications to keep your hormones balanced, which will begin to reverse the signs of hirsutism.

b.) External Creams

Your doctor may also prescribe a cream medication called eflornithine to reduce the growth of your hair on your face. After applying the cream, your facial hair growth should slow down after 1-2 months of regular use.

c.) Lifestyle Changes

Keeping yourself at a healthy weight can help change the way your body creates and processes hormones, allowing you to potentially treat hirsutism without the use of medication.

d.) Hair Removal Methods

While the treatments listed above will help you rid yourself of unwanted hair in the long run, unfortunately, they won’t help you in the present moment. For the times you need to do away with unwanted hair ASAP, you’ll need to take care of it manually. This can be done by waxing, laser hair removal, electrolysis or by using hair inhibiting formulas like the one we have developed here at Luna Smooth.

For those who are looking to rid themselves of excessive hair, Luna Smooth provides customers with an easy-to-use hair inhibiting formula that reduces the need to shave and wax. Our formula also works on any and all skin types, so no matter your situation with hirsutism, we’re confident Luna Smooth can help.

Dealing with pesky hair is already hard enough, and hirsutism certainly doesn’t make it any easier. We understand how frustrating unwanted hair can be, but with the right treatment, a healthy lifestyle and a positive attitude, you’ll be able to overcome hirsutism and regain the confidence you need to be the “best you”.

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