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Body Hair (Definition)

Hair follicles are distributed throughout the skin with the exception of the palms, soles and glaborous skin of the genitalia. The hair follicle first forms in the eyebrows, upper lips, and chin at 9 weeks gestation. The bulk of the remaining follicles begin to develop at 4 to 5 months gestation in a ...Read more


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Will Accutane acne pills inhibit or reduce body hair?

Who knows???: Accutane has been associated with both hair loss and unwanted hair growth. There are actually a number of things like this in medicine, which i always find fascinating. Non-stertoidals (nsaids), such as ibuprofen, for instance can be associated with constipation or diarrhea. ...Read more

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Can Accutane reduce body hair at all when taking it for acne?

Can Accutane reduce body hair at all when taking it for acne?

Probably not: Accutane works on acne. There is little to suggest that you would get any significant long term results unless you got an unusual side effect. Accutane does not affect hormones to fix the acne, so it probably will do nothing to treat other hormone related problems. ...Read more

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I'm a 35 y/o male and for some time now I have noticed that my facial and body hair growth has significantly slow down. Is this part of aging?

I'm a 35 y/o male and for some time now I have noticed that my facial and body hair growth has significantly slow down. Is this part of aging?

Slower hair: growth. This MAY be related to hormone levels. Please see your doc to make sure all is well. Sometimes hair color is changing, i.e., getting gray and it looks like slower growth. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How can I decrease my body hair?

It depends: If you are female with a hormone problem such as pcos, then medical treatment may help. Other wise, laser hair removal, intense pulsed light, shaving and waxing all work. ...Read more

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Prickly itchy rash shows raised bumps, when scratch swell into raised strips. Lasts few mins. Affects diff area of body/hair & diff time. No reason.

Prickly itchy rash shows raised bumps, when scratch swell into raised strips. Lasts few mins. Affects diff area of body/hair & diff time. No reason.

Dermatographism: If your rash is a flat one and scratching it causing raised strip, you have dermatographism meaning that your skin is oversensitive. If it is bothersome, taking an otc antihistamine such as zyrtec (cetirizine) will likely control it. Else it is not a major health issue. As always, mention this to your doctor when you see him/her next time. ...Read more

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23 yr.Not overweight(115lbs, 5"3'). Get periods 10-11 times a year. They are always late but they usually come. Excessive body hair. Could I have pcod?

Possible: Most, but definitely not all, women w/pcos are overweight = but up to 30% of women are estimated to have some degree of pcos, so there are some of normal weight. Check w/your doctor. ...Read more

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Do the birth control pills that improve girls' acne also help decrease their body hair?

Do the birth control pills that improve girls' acne also help decrease their body hair?

But...: Medical therapy to prevent new hair growth will not eliminate hair that is already present. Depending on the color and thickness of the hair these can be removed using lasers or electrolysis. There is also a prescription cream called vaniqa that can slow the rate of hair growth but does not actually remove it. ...Read more

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Taking Accutane (Definition)

Accutane (Isotretinoin) is a powerful medicine that treats acne. It is known to cause severe birth defects if a woman becomes ...Read more