My Excess Hair + Product Review

My Excess Hair + Product Review

Dealing with excess hair has been tough on me-physically and mentally. There have been several ways that I have tried to control it over the years with varying results.

In this post, I will be talking more about my hirsutism and giving my review of a product I recently tried for the condition.

My PCOS diagnosis

Since I do not have a popular blog by any means, no one who might see this post will know my back story. Because of this, I will start off by talking about how I came to get a PCOS diagnosis.

When I was around 11 years old, I started getting horrible acne and oily skin. It was mainly on my forehead at first, then eventually it was just all over the place. It was really embarrassing because none of my friends seemed to have acne.

In hopes of controlling my acne, I was prescribed several different things. A couple of them worked, a couple of them did not work. I had to keep taking/using something though because my skin was so bad.

At 14 years old, I started developing hair on my upper lip. I didn’t really notice it at first until my mother pointed it out and said that I needed to get that area waxed. This was another embarrassing thing for me!

All of the acne, oiliness and excess hair continued on past high school. It wasn’t until I was about 21 years old that I found out about PCOS. I realized that my symptoms aligned with that diagnosis. I was ashamed that I could have something like that so I decided to stop thinking about it.

I was given Spironolactone for the acne and hirsutism but was not given a PCOS diagnosis with it due to there being a series of tests that needed to be done first.

At 23 years old, my hairiness got worse. This made me decide it was time to go in for an official diagnosis.

I had to have four different appointments (gynecologist and endocrinologist) that included two consultations, blood tests, an ultrasound and a cortisol level check. My blood test results were all normal but my ultrasound showed cysts all over my ovaries and I met the other characteristic criteria (hirsutism and acne).

I stopped taking Spironolactone shortly after my diagnosis because I felt it wasn’t really doing much for me. From there, I just tried to control my acne with various skin care products and got my upper lip waxed once a month.

My hirsutism now

A week of no shaving would have me looking like this!

After I got pregnant and gave birth, my hirsutism came back with a vengeance (did not grow face/neck hair during pregnancy) and has kept getting worse. Because of the severity of it, I have been shaving instead of getting it all waxed and plucked off.

For a while I could still get away with shaving once a day or once every other day. Unfortunately though, for the past four years I have had to shave my face/neck twice a day. Since the pandemic happened and because I stay home all the time, I sometimes will go a day without shaving because no one but my immediate family will see me.

The hair that I get shows up on my chin, upper lip, jaw line and neck. In true hirsutism form, the hairs are coarse and noticeable. They are there in the morning and then they pop up again in the evening.

The razors I have been using

For quite a while I was using a women’s facial hair remover. It looks like a little vibrator but it did work well! What made me stop using it was the fact that my hirsutism got worse and it could no longer get the hairs very well.

I was really hesitant at first to start using a razor. This is because I know the burn and bumps they can leave on the body. It is not something I want on my face either!

After mulling it over, I decided to start using razors despite the burn risk. The excess hairs were really bothering me and I wanted something that could get them off. I wanted to use a separate razor for my face than I use for my body so I started using the Schick razors that I have pictured above only for that area.

I was nervous the first time I used one of the razors. After just moving it careful over the hairs though, I realized that I could indeed get them off without getting razor burn.

Success!

I have been using the razors ever since then. The only thing that I don’t like about them is that it doesn’t seem like it can pick up the really fine hairs on my upper lip that are left over after shaving the coarse ones off.

Am I annoyed that I have to shave my face? Yes, of course I am. I don’t like that I grow hair in these places and sometimes I get really down about it. Fortunately, I know how to manage it and it is not like people are going to be seeing me up close (except for my immediate family) for the foreseeable future.

Hair removal product review

So, I did try a new hair removal product recently. It was the Hydro Silk Touch-Up razor picture above. Although the other razors I talked about work great, I just wanted to try these out and see if they work for the fine hairs that get left over on my face.

I am happy to say that they really did get rid of the fine hairs! I used it all over my face which made it really smooth afterwards. It was unable to get the coarse hairs but I wasn’t really expecting it to.

The one thing I will say about these is that you can’t let the razors’ “cute” look fool you. They may be able to cut you if you are not careful with them. Just glide them gently across your face and you will be fine!

I highly recommend this product for anyone that has a bit of peach fuzz on their face they are looking to get rid of on a regular basis.

Hirsutism can really suck

Most people who deal with hirsutism don’t like it and have problems embracing it (some can though!). The fortunate thing is that the condition can be managed in various ways. I am glad that I found the Schick razors as they are cheap and effective for me to use.

If you deal with excess hairs like I do, how do you handle them?

Thanks for reading!

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Dating and Hirsutism: How to Tell Them

Dating and Hirsutism: How to Tell Them

Dating is one of the many things that looks different these days thanks to the pandemic. The unfortunate thing is that dating with hirsutism (excess hair) may be just as tough as it was pre-pandemic for some people.

In this post, we will be talking about dealing with excess hair while dating and how/when to talk to the other person about it.

About hirsutism

If you are stopping by to my blog and know about or have hirsutism, feel free to skip over this! If you are stopping by and don’t know much about (or are just plain interested) it, feel free to keep reading!

Hirsutism is the clinical term for excess hair growth in women. The areas on the body that this growth occurs at includes the upper lip, chin, chest, back, abdomen, thighs, neck and jaw line.

While it is normal for women to have some hair growth in the aforementioned areas, hirsutism is different in that the hair is thicker and coarser. This means that you have to work a little harder to get it off than you would if it were just some light hairs (peach fuzz).

There is a scale that scores a person’s level of hirsutism severity. This is called the Ferriman-Gallwey Scoring System. Not all medical practitioners use this scale anymore because everything is subjective. For example, a person might only score a two on the scale for upper lip hair but for them it is more severe than that.

There are several causes of hirsutism and they include the following:

  • PCOS
  • Menopause
  • Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH)
  • Cushing’s Syndrome
  • Androgen secreting tumors
  • Oral minoxidil
  • Obesity
  • Certain medications

Having hirsutism can cause depression. This is due to possibly not feeling feminine because of having the same hair growth patterns seen in men. Or if the hair is just simply unwanted. They may also feel embarrassed about it, too.

There are some ways that hirsutism can be managed and treated if one chooses to do so. They are as follows:

  • Shaving (razors and other types of shavers)
  • Waxing (professionally or at home)
  • Plucking
  • Epilator
  • Depilation- Be extra careful with this one!
  • Birth control (like Yaz)
  • Antiandrogen medication (like Spironolactone)
  • Vaniqa– This only slows the new growth and does no get rid of the current hair.
  • Laser therapy- This is more expensive than the other options. One should make sure to check out the pros and cons of having this done.
  • Electrolysis- This is more expensive than others on the list and can take up to two years of regular treatments to see results. One should make sure to check out the pros and cons of having this done.

Here is a wonderful resource for learning more about hirsutism: https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0215/afp20120215p373.pdf

How to date during a pandemic

Before we get into dating with hirsutism, it is important to know just how dating is done these days (if trying to be safe).

The pandemic has caused in-person things to be risky. This has made people turn to dating virtually. A person can meet someone on one of several dating sites or through someone they know and then continue the relationship through video calls.

Zoom and Google Duo seem to be popular choices to have video call sessions on. While getting to know each other on these platforms may not be as great as in-person, a good time can still be had and a wonderful relationship can bloom.

There are many activities that can be done outdoors. While they are safer than indoor activities, there is still a level of risk that seems to be higher now with this more contagious variant. This means that safety measures should still be taken.

In the event that people in a relationship want to meet and be close together indoors, they should proceed at their own risk. They could quarantine themselves for two weeks, get tested beforehand or just get together without any precautions.

Check out this webpage for more ideas on how to date safely during the pandemic: https://www.verywellmind.com/how-to-date-more-successfully-during-covid-5113503

Dating and hirsutism

You can still get ready for a video call date!

Picture this…

You have been messaging someone on a dating site and are ready to have a video call with them. Looking nice and put together is something you think is important even if you aren’t meeting in person.

You decide to put on attractive clothes first-picking out the most flattering thing you have. Then you get your face ready. This includes getting rid of any hair that you may have on there (however you do it) due to hirsutism. You find the excess hair to be embarrassing and you do not want your date to see it.

So in that scenario, you are being proactive about making sure that your date does not know about your hirsutism so that you can make the best first impression.

Now, let’s picture this scenario…

Things have been going wonderful with this new person you found on the dating site. You talk to them often and enjoy each other a lot. One day you have a video call planned with them. Since you feel comfortable being without makeup on the calls, you don’t put any on.

You also forget to get rid of the excess hairs.

During the video, you see yourself and realize that those pesky hairs are showing and very visible. You start getting really embarrassed and hope that they don’t see them. This then causes you to feel distracted and cut the video call short.

The second scenario might be a little more of a nightmare for you. For it to not occur and be something you have to worry about-you may want to consider telling the other person about your excess hair.

Your hirsutism can be talked about in different ways and at different times. Here are some ideas on how to do it:

  • Tell them straight-up, right away- If you are a bold person, you could tell them shortly after meeting them. This could be really tough for some people. The good thing about it is that it would weed out people if the hirsutism makes them want to bounce right away.
  • Tell them after things have gotten a little more serious- This is something that you can do if you are not the most bold person out there. When a relationship has been building for a while, you may feel slightly more comfortable talking about your hirsutism. You could find a quiet moment in your video call to bring it up. There are good chances that they won’t care about the excess hair since they have been rocking with you for a while.
  • Anytime while playing “Get To Know Me”- You could suggest to play a game like this where you answer personal questions about yourselves. You may have to sneak it in to whatever question they ask that is related or strategically suggest a question that you both are to answer.
  • Email them- If you don’t have the courage to tell them on video, you can always email them about your hirsutism. Mention that it is really tough for you to talk about it on a video call.

Instead of never telling the person you are dating that you deal with excess hair and setting a timer/reminder to shave before each video call, you should really consider telling them about it at some point. Forgetting to take your excess hairs off before frequent video calls or in-person dates is something that is bound to happen a time or two.

How I did it

Just showing my dry, wrinkly hands to say that it all worked out!

My husband is the only person I ever dated (sad, huh?). Back when we were first getting together, my hirsutism was not as bad as it is now but still visible. At that time I was getting it all waxed off and didn’t think I needed to tell him about my diagnosis.

After a while, my hirsutism did get a little worse for whatever reason. One day I even caught him looking at my chin. That was when I decided that I needed to tell him about how I have excess hair due to PCOS.

I just sat there and told him all about it. He was not turned off by this at all (obviously since we are married now!). In fact, he knew other women who had PCOS and dealt with the same issues.

My hirsutism has gotten even worse these days, unfortunately. The great thing is that my husband says he doesn’t even notice when I go a couple days without shaving.

Maybe he is just lying out of love but I will take it. Sometimes I forget to shave or just don’t feel like it!

In conclusion

Dating can successfully happen even if one has hirsutism. If you think things might get more serious between you and the other person, being frank about the issue is something to consider. It is important to remember that if someone truly cares about you, they will see beyond some extra hairs on your face and/or body.

Does anyone reading this have hirsutism? If so, did it affect your dating life at all?

Thanks for reading!

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Zinc: What It Can Do for Hormones

Zinc: What It Can Do for Hormones

Many women/non-binary people with hormonal conditions are willing to try a lot of things to reduce or eliminate the accompanying symptoms of them. While there are medical interventions that exist, some are still interested in going the supplement route.

Zinc is one of the supplements that is said to possibly help with hormonal conditions and we are going talk all about it in this post!

Introduction to Zinc

Zinc is one of 118 chemical elements with an atomic number of 30. It is essential for living things due to the roles it has in keeping organisms healthy. In humans it is responsible for regulation and helping with the proper functioning of various systems.

The human body stores it in various places (i.e. organs and cells) but it is not found naturally in us. To obtain zinc, we need to either get it from food and/or take a supplement.

This mineral is used for industrial, supplemental and topical (ointments and creams) related purposes.

In terms of supplements, zinc comes in different types. These include gummies, liquids, lozenges, capsules and tablets. Some of them have the zinc combined with other minerals/vitamins or it is by itself.

There are several forms of zinc which include acetate, gluconate, picolinate, orotate, sulfate and citrate. These forms differ when it comes to absorbability, price and what it could specifically do for our health.

In terms of food, zinc is found in a variety of things. The foods with the highest amount of it include beef, pork, oysters, tofu, chicken, cashews, oatmeal and mushrooms.

Zinc and hormonal conditions

Zinc supplementation has shown to have some positive effects when it comes hormonal issues that plague many women/non-binary people. This is said to possibly be because of zinc’s ability to regulate hormones.

. The following are the hormonal related issues that supplementing with zinc may help with:

  • Fertility- Studies suggest that zinc may help shorten the time that it takes to get pregnant.
  • Metabolic syndrome in people with PCOS- A sufficient amount of zinc is essential for insulin regulation and for having a proper response to it. It also reduces glucose and triglyceride levels. Getting all of this under control reduces the risk for things like diabetes and heart disease.
  • Painful menstrual cramps- This problem is also called, dysmenorrhea. It is very common and can get in the way of having a quality life. Studies show that zinc has anti-inflammatory actions that may prevent and treat the painful cramps.
  • PMS- For some women, the levels of zinc get lower in the luteal phase (after ovulation and the two weeks before your period starts). Getting one’s zinc levels up during this time may reduce the brain sluggishness, mood swings and bad sleep.
  • Acne-The anti-inflammatory action that zinc has may help with the acne that can come with hormonal issues.
  • Excess hair- Many people with PCOS have too much androgens which then causes excess hair to form in unwanted areas (i.e. upper lip and chin). Zinc is shown to have anti-androgen effects so it may help reduce the amount of hair that is grown.

The above reasons are why quite a few professionals (the ones that are okay with supplements) that specialize in women’s/non-binary health recommend zinc supplementation for hormonal issues.

Magnesium and calcium are two other supplements that are touted as being great for hormones. Luckily, you can find products that contain all three things in one! An example of a combination product is this one by Solaray.

The dosage for zinc should be no more than 50 mg per day to avoid negative side effects. These uncomfortable effects include GI issues, chest pain, fatigue and headaches.

Other things zinc can do for our health

There are quite a few other things that zinc is said to possibly do for us. They are as follows:

  • Increase the strength of our immune systems.
  • Improve the frequency and severity of acne.
  • Improve age related vision loss.
  • Reduce signs of ADHD if taken with prescription medication.
  • Shorten lengths of colds.
  • Improve low moods.
  • Improve brain fog and memory issues.
  • Improve smell and taste ability.
  • Heal bed sores and diaper rash when applied in cream form.
  • Help with male fertility issues.
  • Help improve metabolic syndrome markers.

As with any supplement, the benefits of zinc are not definitive. However, there is a lot of good evidence for them.

Our favorite supplements

My husband and I both take zinc. I had stopped for a while but ever since I did more research on it- I have started taking it again. This is partly because I noticed that my cramps got worse when I stopped taking it (I use a health journal everyday!.

If you have a sensitive stomach, the lozenges I use are a great option. You can find them here.

My husband does not have a sensitive stomach by any sense of the word. Because of this, he is able to take a larger dosed pill from Nature’s Bounty that may be hard on some people’s stomach. You can find the product here.

Zinc may be the thing to try

If you are struggling with hormonal problems, you could give zinc a try. It may not cure you but it could end up helping you a little bit.

Are any of you taking zinc? If so, what do you feel it is doing for you?

Thanks for reading!

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