Q: I have a lot of facial hair due to polycystic ovary syndrome. Will this reduce if my PCOS is brought under control?

The amount of body hair is largely determined by the genetic makeup. Hirsutism is a condition of unwanted male pattern hair growth in women on body areas – face, chest and back – that can arise from excess male hormones. At puberty, the ovaries begin to produce a mix of female and male sex hormones, causing hair growth. Hirsutism can occur if there is a high proportion of male sex hormones.

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All facial hair growths are not due to polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Hirsutism can also be caused by Cushing’s syndrome, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, and certain medications, and sometimes it can occur with no identifiable cause. Family history, ancestry and obesity can also influence your likelihood to develop facial hair growth. Below are the three defining signs of polycystic ovarian syndrome.

• Infrequent, irregular or prolonged menstrual cycles.

• Elevated levels of male hormone resulting in excess facial hair, severe acne and male-pattern baldness.

• Ovaries might be enlarged and contain follicles that surround the eggs.

Since body hair grows in four-to-six months through three different phases, the result of a PCOS treatment cannot be observed immediately. Hair removal therapies might be required in addition to PCOS treatment.

Applications of turmeric or kasthoori manjal with Bengal gram flour face scrubs are home-tips to weaken the hair follicle, but they are not a permanent remedy to remove unwanted hair in a short span. You may consult a dermatologist to go for laser hair removal or electrolysis. You should choose a method or combination of methods that works best depending on cost, time available, skin type, and the desired hair-free area.

Dr VL Shyam is Dubai-based Ayurveda practitioner. Got a problem? Our fantastic panel of renowned experts is available to answer all your questions related to fashion, well-being, nutrition, finance and hypnotherapy. Email your queries to friday@gulfnews.com.