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Facial Hair

Since I started talking to women about their hormones over 20 years ago, there has been a huge increase in this complaint.  It is happening to younger and younger women – even teenagers.

I have had discussions with Dr. Lee and other experts about this phenomena. There are several factors.

Excessive growth of facial and body hair is called hirsutism.  It can be indicative of hormonal imbalance between estrogen, testosterone and progesterone. Progesterone acts as a regulator for the entire endocrine system and is needed to achieve the proper balance between these hormones.  As you have learned, many women are deficient in this important regulatory hormone.

Facial hair growth can also be related to diet (highly processed foods, and excess sugar, and the environment). Women are constantly exposed to the effects of a poor diet, high stress levels, and xenoestrogens in addition to being deficient in progesterone. Also, as women age and their ovarian function slows down, they can produce more androgens (male hormones) which cause an increase in facial hair.

Natural progesterone has helped thousands of the women I have talked to who have this condition.

Both menopausal and menstruating women report facial hair decreases or disappears after 4 to 6 months of progesterone use. They used the cream consistently and applied it twice per day. They often rub some of the progesterone directly on the hair.

I want to remind you – this process takes patience!

In about 3 months you should see the facial hairs starting to thin out.  In 6 months they will become less coarse and less dark.  The tip of the chin is usually the last place to go.

Some women have hirsutism due to adrenal malfunction and may need some adrenal support supplements, but try the progesterone first.