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Excessive facial hair, alternative to reductase 5 cream?

Age 21 female Hi, i have a lot of hair in face i want reductase 5 cream but i am not able to help me plz help
Asked On : Mon, 20 Feb 2012
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Dermatologist 's  Response
Hi...dear user..,
Thanks for choosing HCM..,
Lot of hairs in the face...,
excessive hairs on the face, body called HIRSUTISM...,
Most often, excess facial and body hair is the result of abnormally high levels of androgens or male hormones in the blood. Androgens are present in both men and women, but men have much higher levels. These hormones cause hairs to change from vellus to terminal. Once a vellus hair has been transformed to the coarser terminal hair, it usually does not change back. Androgens also cause terminal hairs to grow faster and thicker. Both the ovaries and the adrenals produce androgens. To some degree, estrogens and progesterone, female hormones, prevent the effect of androgens.
Here cause may be genetic, ovaries (PCOD), Adrenals..(Cushing's syndrome)..,
Hormonal evaluation is very important...Depilating agents are chemicals that dissolve the hair shafts on both facial and body hair and may also be used to remove unwanted hair. These chemicals can cause irritation and facial skin is particularly sensitive.
1) SHAVING is probably the simplest and safest temporary hair removal procedure. Contrary to popular belief, shaving does not make hair grow faster. An electric razor produces less skin irritation than a blade.
2) ELECTROLYSIS is the only permanent way to remove unwanted hair. During this procedure, a very fine needle is placed next to the hair shaft into the follicle. A mild electric current is sent through the needle and permanently kills the hair follicle... If hormonal therapy is being started, it is best to delay electrolysis for at least six months so that the growth of new terminal hairs will be reduced.
3) LASER .....The latest cosmetic technique to remove hair uses a laser to kill the hair follicles very precisely, and this is now becoming increasingly popular. Laser depilation is speedy, relatively painless, efficient and possibly permanent...,
US-FDA....approved ...long pulsed Nd: YAG laser....safest ...produces integrated parallel.,
cooling....remove hairs effectively..,
RUBY Laser 694 nm..good penetration ...effective remove Hairs safely without..,
leaving pigmentation......thanQ
Answered: Sun, 13 May 2012
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OBGYN Dr. Minoo Bhagia's  Response
Welcome to HCM forum

Excessive hair growth can be due to hormonal disturbances , Polycystic ovarian disease and hypothyroidism
Get your blood tests done like FSH , LH , Testosterone , Prolactin , Thyroid function tests etc
Get your ultrasound done to exclude PCOD
Treatment should be planned after proper investigations
Take care
Answered: Mon, 20 Feb 2012
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