All of us are born with hair on our bodies – in multiple places. It all depends on genetics. However, while some women have hairless faces, some women battle with coarse facial hair where men usually grow the same type of hair – on the face, chest and back. This is called hirsutism and is a condition that expresses unwanted hair growth for women. Sometimes, the woman has excessive male hormones, which comes from a family trait. Combined therapy and personal hygiene can take care of the problem.

The Symptoms

The main symptom of hirsutism is coarse facial hair, which appears where hair is not usually found in women. Your androgen levels tend to be higher than most women. You can try medication to lower the levels of androgen. So I would suggest going to a dermatologist or your primary care physician to discuss the problem.

Ingrown Hair

Ingrown hair happens when you have hirsutism (coarse facial hair). This usually occurs when your face is too dry or too oily. Dead skin cells build up and block your pores. This also occurs when you shave your coarse facial hairs. The best way to prevent or avoid this is to exfoliate the skin. Use a damp and warm facecloth to open the pores. Then apply a facial scrub to get rid of the dead skin, which blocks the hair follicles. Use a moisturizer afterwards.

Removing the Coarse Facial Hair

There are several therapies you can use to get rid of coarse facial hair. One of these is electrolysis. If you can decrease your testosterone level to where it is normal for a woman and continue to use medication, then electrolysis could work to your benefit. A small needle is placed into the hair follicle, emitting a pulsating electric current that destroys the hair follicle. This hair removal treatment is permanent.

Laser therapy is another procedure used to remove coarse facial hair. Laser beam is passed over the area, disabling the hair follicles and preventing the hair from returning. You may have to do more than one laser session to see results.

Topical creams are also good for removing coarse facial hair. However, most of the time, these creams have to be prescribed. Vaniga is one such topical cream that has to be prescribed by a doctor. Application is made directly to the area to slow the growth of new hair. It may take about two months before you see results.

If you cannot afford a dermatologist, you could try waxing or tweezing your facial hair. There are over-the-counter creams, which will also help to remove facial hair, but you may have to use it over time.


Subsequent to starting medication for coarse facial hair, you may have to wait a few months to see significant changes. If your doctor is unable to find a medication that will work for you, you may have to see a dermatologist or skin specialist. Once you find the right solution, you will be on your way to feeling more feminine again. Let us hear what you think about women who have coarse facial hair and comment on solutions that you have knowledge of. Our visitors would appreciate your comments below.