Updated: Sep 5, 2020
Throughout our lives, hormones fluctuate and can cause hair to grow unexpectedly. Hormonal shifts and imbalances account for many problems, including but not limited to unwanted hair. The cause can be related to pregnancy, puberty, your genetic makeup, menopause, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), an underlying medical condition, and even some medications. If you suspect hormone imbalance, it's important to visit an endocrinologist, in addition to beginning electrolysis to address the new hair growth.
Though we as electrologists can not diagnose you, we will ask you a series of questions on the health assessment form that may lead us to encourage you to visit an endocrinologist if you haven't already done so. More often than not, clients come in expressing concern for facial hair, yet their blood work levels came back "normal" from their endocrinologist or other medical professional. Our research has shown that just because someone's levels appear "normal", does not mean that they may be above average for you specifically. In other words, it is possible to have a higher sensitivity to certain hormones, making you prone to more hair growth than someone else with identical levels of the same hormone. When a hormone sensitivity or imbalance is present, we can still achieve permanent results and get you on track to smoother skin.
Additionally, certain medications can cause hair growth or hair loss. We often times see increased hair growth with a change in birth control or other hormonal medications. We encourage you to speak with your pharmacist to see the potential side effects of your medications.
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