Hair: Ingrown, Unwanted, Hirsutism, KP

Hair: Ingrown, Unwanted, Hirsutism, KP

The amount and distribution of hair growth is largely determined by genetics and ethnicity. Today, both males and females alike have a preference towards minimal hair over their face and bodies. Shaving, waxing and epilation creams are non-sustainable, cumbersome and sometimes damaging to the skin. With the advent of lasers, hair removal has become a fast and dependable approach for permanent hair reduction and is widely available.

Hair has 3 stages – Anagen, Catagen and Telogen. Anagen is the active phase of hair growth during which time there will be abundant melanin. Laser hair removal provides long-term reduction of unwanted hair by precisely targeting the hair follicle without damaging the surrounding epidermis.

Certain medical conditions like PCOS may cause excess circulating androgens in women that result in a condition called hirsutism. This is a type of male hair pattern and distribution that typically appears over the face, jawline and neck.

Keratosis Pilaris is a common, frustrating condition that affects people of all ages but is especially common in the teens, twenties and thirties. This is characterized by extensive rough dry skin patches atop hair follicles and can lead to acne-type lesions and ingrown hairs. It is a problem of the upper arms, abdomen and legs. The patches are often itchy which leads to scratching and in turn, scarring.

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