Superfluous Hair and treatment
The most common places where the hair appears with or without associated growths are the face, arms, legs, stomach, back, the nail region and the nipples. This excessive growth of hair is associated with many causes which include endocrine imbalance, certain pituitary, adrenal and ovarian tumors.
It is also due to lack of endocrine functioning, malnutrition, hereditary influences and sometimes to local inflammatory processes.
A thorough medical checkup is in order in all such cases with a check on various glandular functions including a Basal Metabolism Test. If endocrine deficiencies are present, they should be treated immediately.
While in most of the cases no endocrine deficiencies are found to be present, the fact that the first appearance and subsequent "spurts", of hair frequently coincide with endocrine crisis like the onset of menses, maturity, pregnancy and particularly menopause indicate some casual relationship between the growth of hair and endocrine glands.
No internal treatment proves effective. The only possible cure is permanent destruction of hair through electrolysis. A very fine electric needle is inserted into the hair follicle to burn it out. This is an extremely expensive and highly specialised method and should be performed only by experts in the field. If handled by a person who is not very experienced at handling it, it will lead to permanent disfiguring of the face with unsightly scars.
Another effective and cheaper method of removing hair is by using wax on them. Waxing is the most long-lasting method of removing hair. This method pulls the hair right out by their roots and slows up the process of regrowth. To prepare your own wax at home, take 250 grams of sugar and squeeze in the juice of 6 large limes. Cook the mixture over a gentle fire till it turns light brown and sticky. Remove from fire and mix in 1 tablespoon of glycerin. Store in airtight bottle and use when required.
If in the hot season the wax turns thin, place it either in the fridge or on a bowl of ice till it gets back to the right consistency. If it becomes thick in cold season keep the jar for a couple of minutes in a bowl of hot water. Apply the wax in the direction of the growth with the help of a blunt knife. Place a strip of cotton cloth over it. Press down on all the sides for a firm grip.
Holding the lower end of the cloth, pull off with a firm, sweeping movement in the direction opposite to your hair growth. When the cloth is full of hair, discard it and use a fresh one. Apply calamine lotion to soothe skin after the treatment has been completed. Waxing hair for a number of years may cause sufficient damage to the follicle and ultimately cause it to a catastrophe without permanent cure from this problem.
Threading and tweezing too are effective as they too cause the growth of hair to diminish like waxing. Threading is the method for getting rid of superfluous hair.
Also, daily rubbing the affected areas with a pumice stone, after either waxing or shaving away the hair first, keeps the hair from protruding beyond the surface of the skin. In many cases, the continuous use of this method has lessened the growth. The best way to use a pumice stone is to lather up the skin with soap and water and use it in a circular motion on the area to be defused. Hair disappears through friction.
Shaving is the quickest and easiest method of getting rid of unwanted hair. But strict rules of cleanliness should be observed and no deodorant should be used immediately after shaving.
Finish off any shaving job with moisturizing lotion, as you often skim off the fine top film of oil from your skin when shaving. Be prepared for a fairly rapid regrowth, because you have only removed the hair above the skin level. The regrowth will feel a bit stubbly, since you have truncated the hairs straight across. For a longer-lasting effect and a softer regrowth, go for depilatory creams. These creams partially dissolve hair roots, so hair take longer to grow back again and when they do they have natural, tapered ends. But depilatories don't suit every one ? the chemicals that they may not suit some people so remember to do a patch test first.
Growth on the face, the best remedy is to take 1 tablespoon famflour add a pinch of turmeric powder along with enough juice paste. Apply it liberally over your entire face and neck. When the skin feels a little dry, start rubbing the face and neck vigorously with your hands until all the paste falls off. Remove the paste which still clings with water. If this is done regularly it will lighten and brighten the skin and make it soft and smooth. Another remedy is to bleach the hair.
Tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide 15 drops of liquid ammonia! And 1 tablespoon of pure soap flakes. Mix together and apply on the whole face and neck. Rinse after 10 minutes. After rinsing your skin, apply a thin film of almond or olive oil on the skin. When bleaching your face keep the mixture well away from your eyes.
Always bleach under a fan running at a full speed and turn your face towards the fan, otherwise the bleach will harm your eyes. When using the bleach, avoid any small cuts and grazes because it will make them sting.
Never bleach a pimply face. If your skin is the sensitive type, apply a little of it on the inside of your wrist to see whether it agrees with your skin. If it doesn't, never go in for bleaching. If your skin happens to be on the dry side, apply cold cream on the areas to be bleached before bleaching. In cold weather, it is very essential to apply cold cream before you use the bleach. If you have big hair on the face, pull these out with the help of tweezers and then use pumice stone on these areas.