Boy, isn’t menopause fun? NOT! I have three different shirts for hot flashes, and my back aches day and night. I have arthritis everywhere, and maintaining my weight is a constant battle.
Now I have noticed some stray hairs growing on my chin, and upper lips. It seems like I am constantly in front of the mirror plotting how I am going to get rid of them. At least I am not the only woman suffering. According to the American Menopause Society, 15 percent of women who are 50 years old and above, experience these same annoying problems.
What causes hair growth on your face? Once again, it is declining levels of estrogen and androgens during menopause. It seems like estrogen is linked to every menopause problem there is. Here are four easy tips to deal with annoying facial hair:
I use tweezers for my chin hairs. They are very effective and the pain involved is minimal. This method works best if you only have a small amount of hair to remove. You can buy tweezers at the store for about a dollar, but if you’re like me, you may need to tweeze on a daily basis.
Keep in mind that bleaching does not remove the hairs, but just makes them lighter. You can use an over-the-counter face and body cream bleach kit. It can bleach dark hairs to a light shade of blond, so they’re not as noticeable. If you’re a little squeamish, you may want to have it professionally done.
You’ll probably need a doctor’s referral to see a dermatologist. The laser damages the hair follicle, and slows down hair growth. This treatment works better if you have dark hairs. Your insurance may consider laser treatments as cosmetic, and you may have to pay the bill out of pocket.
If you’ve tried other methods without success, you may want to ask your doctor for a prescription cream. Vaniqua can slow the rate of hair growth, but it can take from four to eight weeks to notice improvements.
I hope these methods work for you, but you may find for your own peace of mind, that it is worth it to consult a professional, even if you have to pay the bill yourself.