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Does Facial Hair Cause Acne
Facial hair is a physical characteristic usually found on males where hair grows around the chin and lower portion of the face. The development of facial hair usually begins during puberty. Additionally women can occasionally develop facial hair but it usually happens when hormone levels change, ...Read more
Sebum: Your skin produces sebum, which is an oily substance designed to moisturize the skin and hair, keep it waterproof & keep it acidic. Sebum also contains some more waxy & fatty type stuff that can clog the pores. Once sebum is stuck in a pore, skin bacteria can cause infection which leads to inflammation, & that results in the redness, swelling & production of pus we all know and hate as acne. ...Read more
Pseudofolliculitis: Pseudofolliculitis barbae (pfb) or shaving bumps is a foreign body inflammatory reaction involving papules and pustules. It primarily affects curly haired males who shave. Pseudofolliculitis barbae can also affect some white men and hirsute black women. Pseudofolliculitis pubis is a similar condition occurring after pubic hair is shaved. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Assuming you're normally mascuinized by your hormones, just how thick your facial hair eventually becomes is entirely genetic. Most men envy a man who can grow a great beard; many women prefer a naturally smooth, thin-bearded man. Enjoy whatever mother nature gave you, and when you have questions about your changing body, dad might know more than you think. ...Read more
No: Rogaine (minoxidil) only acts directly where it is applied. Men put it on their scalp in the front receding hairline area of in the back circle of hair loss. Women get more of a female pattern baldness when is overall equal hair loss from the entire scalp. You may use rogaine (minoxidil) for this, but be sure to wash your hands so you don't transfer it to areas where you don't want hair growth to be encouraged! ...Read more
Facial hair: Aloe Vera doesn't help. Some options: Plucking. Shaving. While shaving may be less commonly used on the face than the aforementioned options, it's the way many women choose to remove their facial hair. Threading. Depilatory Creams Topical Prescriptions Laser Hair Removal - very popular method Electrolysis. ...Read more
Lower estrogen level: There can be several things but the most common in a 40 yo is lower estrogen as one approaches menopause, or the mildly elevated androgen production that one sees around menopause. However one must consider an endocrine tumor. The physician should ask other questions such as change in voice, change in periods, hair growth in other areas, medications, muscle hypertrophy, etc. ? Endocrine w/u. ...Read more
What causes acne & facial hair in women in their 30's? Too many hormones or not enough and what to do about it?
Masculinization: Hair pattern is at times hereditary. There could also be hormonal imbalances from normal tissues or abnormal production. You should see your doctor and voice these concerns so it can be diagnosed and corrected. ...Read more
Can you clarify?: If you're a female with acne and masculine-type hair on your face, you probably want a good endocrine workup -- a hormonal problem probably underlies your acne. This kind of things is more than a cosmetic problem. If you're a man trying to grow a beard while you're being treated for acne, there won't be a problem though benzoyl peroxide might bleach your facial hair a bit. ...Read more
Helloo! I have thick coarse facial hair problem + acne ? Suggest me some tips and advice.. Thank yoi
I have had acne for 3 years now. The acne is get is very unusual. I get acne where facial hair is coming in. Any tip for clearing this up?
Acne: Don't wash your face with body soap. Also don't use alcohol or comedogenic products on your face. Try to find an acne wash system like neutrogena or something with benzoyl peroxide. Following low sodium diet might help too, since acne-causing bacteria like salt. You can try to prevent spreading bacteria onto your face by not touching your face, washing your phone, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My facial hair has a lot of thick clear hairs easy to pull out but also acne like puss comes out to. I also have lots of reallt thick black hairs. ?
Whoa: Topical acne meds -- benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, retinoic acid derivatives -- won't improve the facial hair situation. Especially if you're a young woman, a hormonal problem sufficient to cause facial hair growth can be a serious thing and your physician must address this. Get unwanted facial hair removed professinoally if you wish -- electrolysis, laser. ...Read more
I know that my facial hair was causing me to have acne and bumps.So I got rid of them.After my bumps disappear black spots are left.Why?
May be comedones: Acne is caused by skin pores being plugged by tiny clumps of skin cells (the clump of cells is called a comedone). When there are no bumps or actual pimples and pustules, the acne-prone areas of skin will still have plugged pores. Maybe the black spots are actually the comedones in the skin pores. The best way to tell is to have a primary care doctor look at the spots. ...Read more
Acne on my face and back since i was 17 not a lot of acne but enough to make my self esteem low and I have facial hair what could this be?
PCOS: Are you fat? Menstrual periods? See dr to check for polycystic ovary disease (pcos). Typically your symptoms respond to oral spironolactone 100-200mg daily for years.It is not expensive($16 for 100 pills). Usually there are no side effects. Sometimes it makes breasts tender & larger. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have scanty periods since a very long time, i am single, my age is 28, but i want to rid of my facial hair and hormonal acne?
Possible PCOS: Scanty periods, facial hair and acne suggest polycystic ovary syndrome. I advise that you start with a gynecologist and or endocrinologist who can do an ultrasound and labs to confirm elevated androgenic hormones. Sometimes weight loss is helpful if obese. Also, metformin, hormone therapy like birth control pills and spironolactone which is antiandrogenic may help with facial hair and acne. ...Read more
I just started using an exfoliating cream that contains AHA and BHA for my acne for a week now, is it okay to wax my facial hair as I usually do ?
Yes: In general hydroxy acids do not cause an issue with facial wax. The wax is not a chemical that could interact with the AHA/BHAs. This is one reason why an aesthetician will ask if you use these products before a facial - so no interactions occur. However, your skin may be more sensitive now that you have been exfoliating it and so it may be more uncomfortable or cause redness/ rash. Aloe can help. ...Read more
Can ricin oil make acne worse? I am on Accutane for acne and I want to use ricin oil on my face for my facial hair.
Does lemon discourages the facial hair growth when applied to skin to avoid acne? I am 18 years old and hardly had some facial hair (30/100)
Lemon Juice: Lemon juice is a home remedy for acne treatment and is inexpensive compared to the acne products at stores. Lemons contain a natural astringent and antibacterial agent that acts as an exfoliant to help remove dead skin cells faster and prevent clogged pores. Lemon juice is not a substitute for medical treatment. Lemon juice does not inhibit hair growth. ...Read more
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