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| SLUG| Hairy round 40% of women have unwanted facial hair (UFH) on their upper lip, chin and side of their face. The condition, also called hirsutism, is known to have crippling effects on a person’s self-confidence and quality of life. In June 2010, a campaign called We Can Face It was launched which surveyed 1,000 women with UFH. Anxiety was reported by 85%, with a third too self-conscious to go out socially or on dates. situation Excessive facial hair can have a negative e ect on your life, but a range of treatments – from creams to lasers – can be the solution A FUZZ FREE: EATING HERBS TO BALANCE HORMONES MAY HELP (an immunosuppressant drug) can cause hairiness. Anabolic steroids, commonly used in body-building, have a chemical structure similar to testosterone, which means hair grows like it would on a man. PROS It’s easier, faster and more effective than shaving or waxing. CONS It’s normal to experience some redness and very mild swelling of the skin for a short time. WHAT CAUSES IT? One in five women has polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a condition in which fluid-filled cysts grow on the ovaries. This increases production of the male hormone testosterone, resulting in acne, heavy or irregular periods and excess hair on the face and body. Recent research suggests that the hormone AMH might cause the condition; polycystic ovaries contain up to 70 times more of this than regular ones. Check out Verity, a self-help organisation for women with PCOS, at www.verity-pcos.org.uk For many women, getting more hair on their body and face is part of ageing. Oestrogen levels drop with the onset of menopause, and the body produces more of the hormone dihydrotestosterone, higher levels of which make hair grow thicker, coarser and more widespread. Both the oral contraceptive Pill and Cyclosporin PCOS THE TREATMENTS Dr Christian says... ‘Excessive facial hair is surprisingly common, especially in older women. But there is much that can be done, from waxing, threading, shaving and bleaching, to hormonal treatments, laser hair removal and creams.’ DEPILATORY CREAM WORDS: Olivia Holcombe and Alice Newbold | PHOTOGRAPH: Getty Images HOW IT WORKS Contains keratin to dissolve hair. Vaniqa, available on prescription from your GP, can reduce facial hair by slowing its growth. PROS It’s quick and cheap. CONS Regular brands may irritate, so choose ones designed for facial hair. HOW IT WORKS A laser beam destroys hair follicles. This rapid, yet gentle way of removing unwanted hair is available at major clinics, such as The Harley Medical Group (www.harleymedical.co.uk). PROS Treated follicles will be much reduced, or even fail to regrow. CONS Same as electrolysis. Also you must protect your skin from sun damage, or dark patches may appear. LASER HAIR REMOVAL ELECTROLYSIS HOW IT WORKS Electric shocks THREADING AGE destroy cells that produce hair at the hair follicle base. Renew Medica (www.renewmedica.com) removes various extra cellular skin lesions. PROS Once a hair follicle is treated, it dies – so hair doesn’t grow back. CONS Time-consuming, painful and costly. If it’s done wrong, it can scar. HOW IT WORKS Knotted cotton thread pulls hair from the roots. Blink Brow Bar (www.blinkbrowbar. com) is an expert in eyebrow shaping. PROS You can thread very short hair. CONS Difficult to find local experts. WAXING INTENSE PULSED LIGHT HOW IT WORKS The Remington i-LIGHT (www.remington-ilight.com) emits light energy which is absorbed by the melanin in hairs, suppressing regrowth for up to 12 weeks. MEDICATION HOW IT WORKS A therapist applies warm wax to the skin, then pulls it off with fabric strips. You can also do it with kits such as Parissa’s Quick & Easy Wax Strips and Body Sugar 2 in 1 Roll-On (www.parissa.com). PROS It’s quick and cheap. CONS Leaves a temporary red rash. ✱ MARCH 2012 | 239 http://www.harleymedical.co.uk http://www.blinkbrowbar.com http://www.verity-pcos.org.uk http://www.renewmedica.com http://www.blinkbrowbar.com http://www.remington-ilight.com http://www.parissa.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of AT Home with Christian Jessen - March 2011

EDITOR'S LETTER
A WARM WELCOME FROM DR CHRISTIAN
NEWS
SAVE THE DATE
DEFENSIVE EATING
SLEEPING BEAUTY
SPOIL YOURSELF
FAMOUS FIGURES
WIN TOP PRIZES
DR JESSEN, I PRESUME
FEEL-GOOD FACTOR
A BEAUTIFUL MIND
PROTECT YOURSELF
GETTING OVER IT
KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON
WHAT LIES BENEATH
SUGAR HIGHS AND LOWS
WHAT'S UP, DOC?
ON THE RUN
SMOKING GUN
FRESHLY GROUND
I CAN'T EAT THAT
OFF THE SCALES
WALKING TALL
IN GOOD HANDS?
GIRLS ONLY
IN THE BLOOD
PERIOD PROPERTIES
FERTILITY HELP
A WEE ISSUE
UNDER YOUR HAT
CONFESSIONS OF AN ALCOHOLIC
DANGER ZONE
BODY BASICS
HEART-STOPPING MOMENTS
BACK TO BASICS
WALKING ON SUNSHINE
THE SKIN YOU LIVE IN
LISTEN UP
EYESORE
IN PLAIN SIGHT
DOWN UNDER
BUMP 'N GRIND
LET'S TALK ABOUT SEX
MAN TALK
DO YOU KNOW YOUR BMI?
I'LL HAVE A 'P' PLEASE
BOYS DON'T CRY
TO THE EXTREME
THREE-DAY SLIM DOWN
TOTALLY ADDICTED TO CAKE
JUST A PINCH
GYM JAMS
THEY'RE DOING WHAT?
GOTTA HAVE IT
EYES WIDE SHUT
PETER PAN PLAN
HOW OLD?
HOW OLD?
FUZZ FREE
FUZZ FREE
CUT HERE
CUT HERE
ON THE MEND
ON THE MEND
KNOW YOUR NIP/TUCKS
KNOW YOUR NIP/TUCKS
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
STAY SAFE ABROAD
STAY SAFE ABROAD
SAY CHEESE!
SAY CHEESE!
IVORY TOWER
IVORY TOWER
MOUTH MAYHEM
MOUTH MAYHEM
COMING SOON
COMING SOON
LIGHTEN UP
LIGHTEN UP
COULD YOU BE A GUINEA PIG?
COULD YOU BE A GUINEA PIG?
HEADS UP
HEADS UP
LAST WORD
LAST WORD
STOCKISTS
STOCKISTS

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