Last Modified on Jan 06, 2015
What Is Hypertrichosis?
As a whole, society is particularly focused on the maintenance of body hair; however, individuals with hypertrichosis are often faced with an even greater responsibility for care and maintenance. Hypertrichosis is a condition that encompasses abnormal hair growth compared to one’s age, sex, race or particular body part. While the condition may seem like a natural oddity to some, hypertrichosis is actually a medical condition that can be addressed as such.
Hypertrichosis can be categorized into two types: congenital and acquired. Congenital hypertrichosis is caused by genetic mutation apparent from birth and is considered rarer than acquired hypertrichosis. Acquired hypertrichosis is hypertrichosis that appears after birth and is considered a result of drugs, cancer and eating disorders.
The primary symptom of either type of hypertrichosis is excessive hair growth; however, this hair may appear in different locations and in different patterns. Congenital hypertrichosis generally causes excessive hair growth in males in the upper body including the face while it affects hair distribution in women. Acquired hypertrichosis involves the rapid growth of facial, armpit and trunk hair. Acquired hypertrichosis may also affect the upper lip, forearms, cheeks, legs and chin. It generally presents as an increase in both hair density and length.
Natural Body Hair Removal and Treatments for Hypertrichosis
Many natural hair removal and hypertrichosis treatment options are available. Alum and rose water applied to the skin topically after shaving diminishes the appearance and growth of excess hair. Additional options include blackstrap molasses taken orally, using an epilator for hair removal and honey and lemon applied to the face. Mint tea also contributes to regulating hair growth. Cocoa butter, calomel and Epsom salts mixed together and massaged into the skin can be used as a natural body hair removal option.
I'm wondering why the alum used as a deodarant like I use it every day wouldn't get rid of arm pit hair. It has to be the alum right? not the rose water? Maybe it's the quantity you use? I just did my face and neck and it started to burn a bit after 20 min, so washed off and put some moisturizer on, feels soft, but just wondering how well this really works. I've used an alum solid deodarant stick for years. It seems my pits have less hair, but not totally gone. So just curious. Going to try the spearmint tea. I had pcos before a total hysterectomy. I've lost a lot of hair including on head since then, but found some things to help bring hair on head back. Didn't mind losing it on face obviously, but the plucker hairs just get thicker and thicker, and blacker. I would never shave my face or anything but legs. I use an epilator with multiple tweezers on arms, I had black arm hair, I'm italian. I've found my hair is light, grows slow, and I only have to do it every few months, and normally my hair grows faster. Maybe it's the hormone thing, not having as many as before. Will update after I do the alum, buying rose water to use, and will get spearmint tea, will give results in a few weeks on that too.
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Salmiya, Hawally, Kuwait
01/01/2013Posted by Jess (Melbourne, Australia) on 09/26/2012
Hi Everyone, I just wated to ask will shaving alum work the same as alum powder? If I just dip it into rose water and apply it, will it work the same?
I'm assuming if I use this on my face it will work the same as body hair, is that correct? I don't see why not.
Do I need to remove the hair before I apply the alum and rose water? and if I wax can I apply the alum and rose water straight after or will it be too strong?
Thank you all so much for your help :)Replied by Jess