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Causes of Hirsutism and Natural Remedies to Treat It

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Causes of Hirsutism and Natural Remedies to Treat It

Last update: 19 March, 2021

Hirsutism a condition that causes excessive hairiness in women. It affects areas influenced by male sex hormones or androgens in varying degrees of severity.

According to the experts of the Spanish Society of Pediatric Endocrinology, it grows in the following places: supralabial area, chin, cheeks, auricular pavilions, thorax (suprasternal area and mammary areolae), abdomen (linea alba), back, buttocks, and inner and anterior thighs.

In medical terms, hirsutism is a reflection of the local and circulating concentration of androgens and the sensitivity of the pilosebaceous unit to these androgens.

Types of body hair

A woman with hirsutism on her lip.

  • Vellus hair has no shaft. It’s short and light-colored.
  • Terminal hair is hard, thick, and pigmented

In the case of hirsutism, terminal hair is the type of hair that appears in uncommon areas such as the:

  • Face
  • Areola
  • Thighs
  • Buttocks
  • Chest
  • Lower back

Can you fight hirsutism with hair removal?

Hirsutism causes excessive hair growth in androgen-dependent areas. So, what are androgens? Androgens are steroid hormones that have a masculinizing effect.

Androgens periodically produce testosterone, androsterone, and androstenedione. Thus, trying to beat hirsutism with hair removal won’t work.

Symptoms

A woman with acne.

In general, this condition has the following symptoms:

  • Acne
  • Hair loss
  • Increased muscle mass
  • In girls, it accelerates growth
  • Seborrhea or excess oil in the hair
  • Irregular menstrual periods, infertility

Causes of hirsutism

In most cases, the causes of hirsutism are due to an overproduction of androgens. Hirsutism increases the production of ovarian hormones and adrenal glands.

Here are the most common causes:

  • Polycystic ovary syndrome: This is an alteration in hormone production and metabolism
  • Congenital adrenal hyperplasia: This is an inherited condition that unbalances the production of steroid hormones
  • Pregnancy: In some cases, hormonal changes during pregnancy can trigger it
  • Cushing’s syndrome: This causes an increase in cortisol production, which stimulates the appearance of body hair after a while.
  • Medication: It’s important to control the use of corticosteroids, contraceptives, and anabolic steroids.

Natural remedies to treat hirsutism

Although there’s no scientific evidence that the following remedies are effective in treating hirsutism, there are those who choose to try them while maintaining a healthy lifestyle and following their doctor’s recommendations.

In case you also wish to do so, consult your doctor beforehand. Otherwise, the risk of adverse reactions is higher.

1. Spearmint and Green Tea

According to popular belief, drinking peppermint tea and green tea could help control the hormonal imbalance that causes hirsutism.

A woman drinking some tea to cure her hirsutism.

Ingredients

  • Fresh mint
  • Green tea leaves
  • 1 tbsp. of honey
  • 1 c. of water

Preparation

  • First, heat the water until it boils
  • Secondly, add the green tea leaves
  • Then, add the mint leaves
  • Then, let steep for 5 minutes
  • Finally, sweeten with a spoonful of honey

2. Citrus-based tonic

These are rich in antioxidants which are beneficial for the health of your whole body, but especially for your skin. For this reason, there are those who prepare the following tonic to take care of their skin and also reduce hirsutism.

Ingredients

  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 drops of mandarin essential oil

Preparation

  • First, boil water and then, remove from heat
  • Secondly, pour the water into a glass container
  • Thirdly, add both zests
  • Then, let the infusion sit overnight
  • Remove the zests using a strainer and change the container
  • Add the lemon juice and mandarin oil
  • Apply evenly to the affected area with a cotton ball
  • Finally, leave on for a few minutes and rinse with warm water and neutral soap

3. Turmeric and honey

Some turmeric and honey ready to be mixed together.

Ayurvedic medicine indicates that this honey and turmeric remedy can help with several issues, including the removal of excess hair.

Ingredients

  • 7 tbsp. of turmeric
  • 3 tbsp. of honey

Preparation

  • Firstly, pour the turmeric into a container
  • Secondly, add the honey and mix until you form a paste
  • Then, add a little water if the paste is too thick
  • Finally, apply to the affected area

How to apply

  • Firstly, wash and rinse the affected area
  • Secondly, dry the area well
  • Thirdly, apply evenly with circular massages
  • Then, leave on for 15 minutes
  • Finally, rinse off without leaving any residue

Recommendations

People say:

  • First of all, avoid using razor blades in areas where hair grows recurrently because this will cause a line to form over time
  • Remove hair with tweezers, since it pulls hair from the root and takes a while to grow back
  • In addition, you can bleach hair to make it less visible

Treating hirsutism

Regarding the treatment of hirsutism, experts at MSD Manual clarify the following:

“If excessive hair growth isn’t related to an increase in male hormone levels, physical methods are used to remove the hair. If the cause is an increase in male hormone levels, hormone therapy is necessary in addition to physical methods.”

So, if you want to remove excess hair effectively, consult your dermatologist. The professional will tell you which is the most suitable method for you and the type of care you should take into account so you don’t mistreat your skin.

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