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Excessive body hair

Hi, I would like to understand what type of hormones (if you can provide a list of these pelase) have an impact on the body hair. The reason for this is as I have problem with folliculitis and I would like to go for laser hair removal. How the hormones level will impact the result if they are responsible for the body hair. Also, what is best for folliculitis - laser or IPL? Thanks, Plami

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Dear Plami, 

Thank you for your question. Hormones responsible for body hair and its growth belong to a group known as Androgens, the most commonly known Androgen is Testosterone and although this is commonly associated with male characteristics the ovaries in a woman also produce Testosterone as do the adrenal glands. Androgens also act as precursor hormones to the hormone responsible for female characteristics which is Oestrogen. People who suffer from excessive body hair due to excessive androgen activity can be given treatment usually in tablet form which acts to suppress Androgen activity this in turn can reduce the amount of excessive body hair.

Laser hair removal which you are planning to have uses an intense pulsed light to heat and destroy the hair follicle, the loss of the follicle then disrupts hair growth. Hormone levels shouldn’t impact on the success of this treatment but it’s worth bearing in mind that laser hair removal isn’t permanent and often requires several sessions to achieve the desired result. You can read more about this treatment here.

We do hope this helps to answer your question and good luck in getting this resolved.

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses  

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