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    Hirsutism

    A condition where a woman grows too much body or facial hair in a pattern seen normally occurring only in men. Read more →

    Hello, I am a female in my 30s with receding hairline. I went to see a hair specialist due to this problem because I was tired of wearing wigs. After series of test I was prescribed minoxidil 12.5% to use daily and come back for quarterly checkup in the clinic. A month into this treatment, I realised my hair was already growing but also with it came loads of facial fur like hair which darkened my complexion straightaway. Although this a side effect of the medication, I stopped the treatment because I can't imagine waxing my face. My worry now is that will my face go back to normal with no facial hair and if yes, how long will it take or will I be subject to facial hair removal for the rest of my life. Please advice as I took time off work because of the blatant stare I get when I am out. Regards





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    Around two years ago i became really worried about the hair growth on my face and became so upset about this i shaved it off using a wet shave. I now suffer every morning having to get rid of the facial hair before applying my makeup. Do you have any advice which could help remove all this facial hair for good and stop the growth. Many Thanks.





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    I have pcos and have facial hair, actually extra hair everywhere but have had 2 different separate sets of laser treatment via nhsfor my facial hair but this still has not resolved it. I have lost over 5 stone thinking this would make it ease up after seeing it on one if your shows but as I say I still have the unwanted hair. More so to be truthful as now its all under my chin and down my neck. What else can I do? Laser treatments were at laser erase at the freeman hospital in newcastle and the other set was at james cook hospital in Middlesbrough.





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    I'm 27, I have facial hair which appeared about 3 years ago. It's not quite as thick as beard hair but definitely thicker than other women's facial hair. It's very visible and obvious so last year I had a course of laser hair removal - a total of 9 treatments. In between treatments the hair would totally disappear until time for the next treatment but after the 6th treatment it became clear that the regrowth was just as bad each time. I chose to stop after treatment 9 because of the cost... I've been left with hair that is a little less thick in places but still very visible. I don't know what to do now... I wonder if I buying another course of treatment at a different (better?) clinic would work. I've also read about electrolysis but I think that's even more expensive. Is there anything else I can try?





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    My name is Kristine and i have embarrassing facial hair on my chin,side of my facial and upper lip. I do have it waxed and use hair removal. It gets me down cause i dont want other people to make fun of me and even if they dont notice i still feel uncomfortable. Do u know any treatments i can have done, without breaking the bank... thanks xxx





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    I don't have a hormone problem yet I have facial hair my doctor won't help me I was on fertility tablets clonmed they did not work now I gained weight my doctor says its my weight but I had facial hair for years now my belly is gotten bigger too and hangs low it hits my legs when I try to do exercise both hair and belly is embarrassing for me even my nieces and nephews comment on it





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    I am 25 man and I have almost no facial hair. My all 4 brothers and father had full facial hair when 20y.o. What can I do to change it? I feel so bad with this. I do accept but still i feel i have to Accept myself than just to enjoy having hair...





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    It's probably a good idea to make an appointment to see an endocrinologist. Your condition may be due to hormones or it may even be genetic i.e. androgen insensitivity syndrome. Make an appointment with your GP to get a referral. Good luck!

    hi i am a 25 year old guy and my problem is i still dont shave as i have barely any hair on my face what so ever if i leave it a few months i get hair on the top of my lip but its very fine hair and on and around my chin i have rilly fine hair with no colour and it isnt alot ive had problems with my diabetes in the last 8 years where it was out of control and i have struggled with it tho i am starting to get down to the right levels tho now i also have an enlarged liver due to my diabetes neropathy in my legs and feet and i have very early stages of retnopathy the thing with facial hair witch people dont understand is when you dont have it you want it and when you do have it you dont want it personaly i have been wanting to grow a beard for sevral years and its begining to irritate me now as i still have very little facial hair is there anything i can do to change this or is there a paticular reason why it is like this ?





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    I am the same age and have had very hairy legs and pubic hair from a young but have been developing facial and chest hair very very slowly... However; the more I shave what little hair I have got, the quicker it seems to grow back and is beggining to thicken and look less fair. I'm not sure if this is the reason or if it's simply taking me longer than others... But I understand how envious you can become of other guys and I often feel imasculated when comparing myself to friends and seeing people on tv etc...

    I am on treatment for pitutary micro adenoma....do u think pitutary adenomas cause excessive facial hair? I started treatment 4 months ago. But the number of facial hair is fairely increased....what can i do?





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    I had a 5 cm cist that burst on my ovary and caused my appendix to come close to bursting.this was removed when I was 16.i wasn't really explained to about pcos.but when I was 20 I went for a laparoscopy,as I had more cists on my ovaries.i have been on Yasmin since I was 16 (i am now 25) and come from RSA.moved to the UK in feb and when I went to go get a prescription for Yasmin the doctor told me that that pill has been banned.so he has put me on logynon. I have always suffered since my teens with facial hair (quite bad) and weight issues,but now the weight has just piled on in the last 4 to 6 months I would say,I cannot lose it and honestly want to eat everything I see,although I am eating healthily. My facial hair has gotten way worse,and I am having awful stomach pain and lower back pain. I get sharper pains in my left and right side,and my headaches are relly bad. I heard on your programme that you can get a cream to remove facial hair for good,is this just for prescription? And also would you say I should go to the doctor for my tummy,or is it more urgent?





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    I am 20 years old and have severe facial hair on my chin, side burns and cheeks. It isnt herededitary or genetic as my sister snad mother do not have any facial hair or body hair. Is there any way to reduce the facial hair as Im allergic to wax and have to get my face threaded every two weeks and it doesnt make the hair thinner as it grows back drastically in a week.





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    Laser treatment is the answer. I am a 38 year old female and have suffered with dark hair on my top lip since being a child. I plucked, bleached, waxed and shaved for years. I had my 3rd treatment of 6 this morning and the total cost wull be approx £300.00. I have always been concious of it but can't wait for the treatments to be over. There is already a vast improvement and I would recommend this to anyone. Wish I had done it years ago!

    Hi, i have always had excessive thick facial and body hair since my teenage years. I wax my facial and body hair but it has come to a stage where l am fed up as the hair grows back quickly particulary on my face and i have to wax it weekly. This has knocked my confidence and i struggle to give eye contact as the facial hair is noticeable. I have looked into laser treatment but it is very costly which i can't afford. Can you help please?





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    Hi, I'm 19 and have had facial hair on my upper lip since i was around 9 years old. I hit puberty quite young, and was developing breasts and pubic hair early, around 10. All through school I was bullied about my facial hair, and it really affected my confidence. I started to ignore what people said, but i'm still extrememly conscious when i go out in public. I bleach it with Jolen creme bleach, but this only lasts a week or so. My hair is very dark, almost black, so this doesn't help either. Do you have any recommendations on how i could prevent my facial hair growing so fast or how to get rid of it? Thanks





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    omg! i have the same problem as well. geeez! my unwanted facial hair is a hindrance when meeting new guys or going into a social conventions where there are alot of beautiful people around me.. i usually get nervous and low self confidence with people I don't know. but as soon as I got a hold of this brazilian waxing or facial wax strips, my unwanted facial hair disappeared! good riddance! i now maintain my skin to free myself from unwanted facial hair! :)





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    I am 19 i have a very hairy lower body, but not much hair on my upper body. I.e extremely hairy legs, pubes and bum. But no back, chest armpit, and not much facial hair, like a moustache and sum fluff on the chin, but no side burns. It gets me down as you see much younger boys with sideburns and facial hair. Any ideas on growing facial hair lol?





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    I have had facial hair since i was a teenager,I have some hair on mt chest,but I habe noticed that my 13 year daughter has also got a lot of facial hair and the hair on her arms is thick and long,is there aynthing i can do for her.She is to embaressed to goto the doctors as am I





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    I had laser treatment some years ago for facial hair on my upper lip which was successful. I now have facial hair on my chin and neck. After being treated for Breast Cancer in 2008, I am currently taking 1 20mg Tamoxifen for the past 18 months and I am soon to change to 1 25 mg Aromasin in March. In light of this, could I be able to have Laser treatment for my facial hair.





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    I'm 21 and have really bad dark hair growing everywhere. I have a excesive facial hair, also on my arms and recently hair has started growing on my stomach and back. I'm constantly plucking and waxing my face but i'm trying to find a more permenent soloution to getting rid of the hair as it very annoying that i have more facial hair than my partner if i let i grow and it just down right depressing. Can some one please give me some advice on a cheaper way to get rid of this.





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    I just want every ladie out there to know you are not alone. I have the same problem and I am 15. I have stared puperty.. It sucks. I have leg hair, arm hair, belly hair, facial hair. not as much facial hair but still do. I have chest hair. Yes it sucks. I AM ONLY 15? OMG.





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    my hair started thinning when i began puberty at 12, but over the years is much worse now im even thinking of buying hair extensions to try to cover it. unfortunately i now have facial hair too, even though my hormones comes back as normal when tested. This has made me very self conscious, and my self esteem is low, even at 57 i would still like thick soft hair, not a lot to ask for really i understand how other women sufferers feel would be just nice to know what is causing it even though i have given up hope of it ever growing again, and facial hair, well there is always tweezers!





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    hi im a 39 year old female and im suffering from facial hair i was diagnosed with polisistic overies bout ten years ago but this facial hair is getting really bad to the point that im like a man shaving everyother day it is so embarrassing is there anything that can be done for polisistic overies as its driving me mad ive been tolded that the facial hair is down to the polisistic overies plese help me





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    i have pcos as well hun and to be quite frank with you it dose my head in to but keep of sugary things and see your doc they can send u for them to be busted if u want

    I sympathise - I have had facial, tummy and nipple hair since the age of 12. Now I am 47 and have gone through the menopause so hair growth is still going on. A few years ago I started laser treatment (costly) but it has saved my life! i now have to bleach any small amount of facial hair and have the odd laser top up. the hair is much finer and I use a silky mit in between waxing. I now feel more confident to go out without make-up.





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    i suffer from facial hair, hair on my chest,under and around my belly button and i get really hairy toe's its so embarrassing, i cant let my top ride up im constantly pulling it down hoping noone will see the hair, my facial hair is a constant nightmare im frightened to shave it incase it comes back thicker and make-up make's it more visible and the rest i try to hide. HELP!!!!





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    Hi I'm a 26 year old female, I have pcos and so suffer with very excessive body and facial hair, I have tried a course of laser hair treatment, shaved, waxed, tried the contraceptive pill and used different types of creams ect but nothing seems to work or help. I have to shave daily as the facial hair is soo bad I look and feel like a man, is their ANYTHING that could help this please I'm desperate?





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    Hi, I also have a problem with light blonde facial hair which I have had for 20 odd years. I've tried everything on the market from home kit laser treatments which do not work on blonde hair, to an assortment of creams. Nothing worked to permanently remove my facial hair. For the last few years I've found a cream called Eflora (Elfornithine Hyrochloride Cream) 13.9%. I buy it in 15g tubes and it is manufactured by Ranbaxy. I have to buy it online from a website called inhousepharmacy.co.uk they are a trusted site and have never let me down yet, the creams are shipped from overseas. For 4 15g tubes of creams it costs me about £57.00 but I use the cream twice a day sparingly and they creams last a long time, my last order was in January 2011 and I'm only half way through my second tube. The cream does not get rid of unwanted facial hair but it definately slows down the hair growth and if used with your normal hair removal method (in my case shaving) it works well. My facial hair growth is not as coarse or as aggressive and I would recommend to anyone suffering and at a loss to what to use. I'm not sure if you can also get this cream prescribed by your doctor, I have never tried but if you can not afford to pay for it, give your doctors a try. Good luck and try to stay positive, don't let facial hair problems ruin your life!

    I know that excess facial hair can be quite distressing for people and I don't mean to be rude or offensive, so please don't take this the wrong way. The lady in the video said that her hair grows back "in 2 weeks" and she was pictured with quite a large amount of hair on her chin. My question is why doesn't she shave this off with traditional methods like men do? I could understand for back hair, where it's physically not so possible, but for facial hair surely spending 3 minutes shaving in the morning would solve all the esteem problems.





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    HI ya I am 23 and have PCOS, and really struggle with excessive hair growth. The main problem is with facial hair gorwth. I have used facial hair remover, but it is starting to not work. I used a sronger one and it scares my face. I am a student and can not afford the new gadgets that help with hair growth. Does anyone have any ideas to help with, medical, alternative theraphy anything really. ASt times it looks like i have a beard and making me very depressed





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    IPL or laser treatment worked wonders for me. it can be expensive, and you should only go with a professional as it can cause scaring, but it's a series of 6 treatments, 6 weeks apart, sometimes you don't need all 6 (i only had 4) but it's worked amazingly. it's permanent, so you don't have to worry about the hair growing back either. Treatments can cost around £60 a session, but it's the best thing i've ever done!

    I am a 25 year old male and I suffer the opposite of excess facial hair. I can't grow any at all! This dosen't seem normal to me. I doubt it could just be genetic as there are not any males in my family who can't grow facial hair. Apart from pubic and under arm hair no other hair grows on my body. Although the main area of concern is my face as it makes me look ridiculousy young. Some people would not think of this as a bad thing but I do. Is there anything I can do about this.





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    I started getting facial hair when I was around 14. I am now in my 30’s and I feel the hair problem is getting worst. Not only do I get facial hair on my cheeks and chin, it is also on my neck and my breast area. Very embarrassing when I have to shave more than my partner. I have tried electrolysis but it hurt like hell and I was told that laser treatment would not work because of my dark skin.





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    hi girls I know how you all feel as I suffer too- facial and body hair. I am lucky enough to be in a long term relationship but also lucky enough that my other half hasn't realised what is going on! he did notice the body hair and has got over that, although I have to admit that it was a HORRIBLE moment when he discovered it! I could never tell him about my facial hair, I'm sure he knows already but knows better than to bring it up because I think I'd just die!! I've found it equally frustrating, the male doctors are the worst and they are usually so unhelpful. Female doctors have tried allsorts for me but nothing has ever worked- including prescription tablets, different contraceptive pills, vaniqa cream & I also paid for laser hair removal which was just a waste of time. I think people can see my facial hair (where I've removed it) but just to get by, I have to convince myself they cant. If only someone would take this seriously then we might finally get some useful help. until then though we just have to stay positive I suppose





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  • Tuberous sclerosis

    Episode 8

    The final episode of the series included a patient with the embarassing condition Paruresis, otherwise known as 'shy bladder'. There's also a case of Tuberous Sclerosis and patients with Folliculitis and Rosacea. Meanwhile Dr Jessen hit a student unio… Read more →

  • Episode 13 - About Face

    Episode 13 - About Face

    In this episode, the doctors catch up with some of the most memorable embarrassing facial problems. Read more →

  • Verrucas on the foot

    Episode 4

    Episode 4's patients included one suffering from the penis bending disease Peyronies, a lady with bothersome Bad Breath and a very surprised owner of a 3rd Nipple. Excess Hair was also on the EI agenda, as were Verrucas that had become a family affair… Read more →

  • Acne lazer treatment

    Episode 7 - Back to the Clinic

    This week the doctors are inviting some of their most serious cases back to the clinic to find out exactly how they've been getting on with their treatment, and to find out if they've conquered their embarrassment! Read more →

  • Asymmetric  breasts

    Episode 3

    Patients consulted and diagnosed by the doctors in Episode 3 included sufferers with Asymmetrical Breasts, Urinary Incontinence, a problem toenail, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), as well as some irritating ingrowing hairs. Dr Jessen also embarked on a… Read more →

  • Hypo pigmentation

    Episode 5

    Episode 5 featured conditions as diverse as Gynaecomastia (that's man-boobs to the rest of us), Vaginisimus, hereditary Crohn's Disease, Anal Warts,some problem ears and a skin pigmentation problem. Meanwhile Dr Jessen hit the nightspots of Birmingham… Read more →

  • TX 4

    Episode 4 - Series 7

    In the clinic Dr Pixie helps a young man with a six year posterior problem that started with a tiny hair but ended up as a gaping hole. Read more →

  • Folliculitis

    Episode 9 - Rally

    This week's episode includes a woman with a hair-raising illness, some unwanted leakage, an itchy scalp and a wake up call for Dr Christian… Read more →

  • Peridinal Sinus

    Episode 4 - Feet

    This week's episode includes a podiatry roadshow, a mouthful of manky molars and a painful case of cystic acne. Read more →

  • Alopecia

    Episode 5 - Holiday

    This week's episode includes a visit to the airport where the Doctors see holiday goers bring back more than just souvenirs and tans. Read more →

  • Christian

    Bodies Behaving Badly

    Episode 1 of Embarrassing Teenage Bodies examines conditions including bladder control, sunburn and STIs. Read more →

  • Acne

    Men

    The EI Docs go in search of the most elusive creature in the doctor's waiting room - the 'MAN'. Featuring a case of prostate cancer, man boobs, male hairloss and several problem penises. Read more →

  • Episode 14 - Changing Sex

    Episode 14 - Changing Sex

    Dr Christian revisits two women who have gone to extreme measures to dramatically change their bodies: they've both had gender reassignment surgery. Read more →

  • Acne Kelioidalis

    Episode 10 - Back to the Clinic 2

    Back in the clinic the doctors are checking up on cases of acne, incontinence and a scaly skin problem that had left some specialists baffled... Read more →

  • Ball Check-Up

    Episode 11 - Back to the Clinic 3

    Back in the clinic the doctors are checking up on everything from unwanted hair, to agonizing prolapses and some very painful privates. Read more →

  • Headlice

    Episode 2 - Kids

    This week's episode includes a young girl with vile verrucas that may prove to be life saving; a woman with a sore bottom whose problem is much deeper than it seems and a teenage girl with a severe scaly scalp. Read more →

  • Skin

    Am I Normal?

    Episode 2 of Embarrassing Teenage Bodies looks at conditions including excessive sweating, extreme eczema and damaged hearing. Read more →

  • Anal Operation

    Vaginas

    The EI team roll into Norwich to setup a clinic in one of the country's busiest shopping centres. This time the Docs are getting stuck into the Vagina, and there’s no room for coyness ladies! Read more →

  • Alopecia

    Episode 8 - Oral

    This week's episode includes a man whose armpits are making his life hell, a couple with severe sexual discomfort and a case of very painful privates. Read more →

  • Medi+Vend machine

    Teens Below the Belt

    Episode 4 of Embarrassing Teenage Bodies tackles conditions including a swollen bladder, toilet phobia and chlamydia. Read more →

  • Beach

    Boys, Boys, Boys

    Episode 3 of Embarrassing Teenage Bodies takes a closer look at binge drinking, diabetes and chronic acne. Read more →

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