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Guidance for the management of hirsutism

Rodney P R Dawber
Current Medical Research and Opinion 2005, 21 (8): 1227-34
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Approximately 80% of women are affected by the presence of excessive hair growth in a 'male-like' pattern. Excessive facial hair in particular can be a source of distress to such women and can lead to psychological problems such as anxiety, depression and a reduced quality of life.Current cosmetic methods of hair removal include shaving, depilatories, waxing, plucking, laser, intense pulsed light (IPL) and electrolysis.A topical treatment cream such as eflornithine 11.5% can slow hair growth and thus reduce the frequency of the need for hair removal. This treatment can be used effectively in conjunction with hair removal methods.

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