Excessive hair growth (hirsutism)
Treatment & Care
Hirsutism treatment at Boston Children's Hospital
Treatment of hirsutism depends on the underlying cause influencing your daughter's hair growth. She may be advised to stop taking a certain medication. Or, if she has a condition such as polycystic ovary syndrome, she may need to start one of the excellent long-term treatments available to control the irregular periods and acne along with the hair growth.
What medications treat hirsutism?
If hirsutism is caused by a hormonal condition, she may be prescribed:
- oral contraceptives, such as birth control pills, which treat excessive hair growth because the estrogen and progestin they contain prevent the ovaries from producing androgens
- anti-androgens, drugs that stop androgens from attaching to receptors in the female body and prevent their effects. The most common anti-androgen is spironolactone (Aldactone).
- topical creams, which work directly on the skin to slow down the growth of female facial hair. Eflorinthin (Vaniqua) takes up to two months to have an effect.
Other options may include bleaching, waxing, depilatories, electrolysis and laser treatment. A young woman may require help finding a local salon that provides high quality, cost-effective services.