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    Old 06-24-2005, 04:22 PM   #1
    bigcheese
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    wierd body hair

    ok so i'm a 16 year old girl. and i think i have like awkwardly visible body hair. its so gross. ugh i hate it. so i'm always trying to wax or bleach or shave. the thing is i have naturally dark, black hair. and even when i shave my legs there are dots left. and i have ew hair on my back and whatnot. i can't constantly bleach it everytime i have to wear a bathing suit or whatev. i've been avoiding wearing one because i'm sick of trying to get rid of it all.

    this is embarrasing. any advice?

     
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    Old 06-25-2005, 01:03 PM   #2
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    Re: wierd body hair

    I am deal with the exact same thing. In fact, I've posted on the "Hair Problems" board a few times about it... but I don't really get any real helpful answers.
    I've taken all suggestions into consideration and seen a doctor, who so far hasn't been any help.
    I even went on birth control pills because some of them aid in reducing excess body hair... No help there.

    I've been having this problem since I was 16 as well... now I'm 19 and still haven't found an answer to the cause or a solution. I'm stuck waxing, shaving, and plucking so many body parts. Ugh!
    I started growing hair on my arms when I was 14-15... then it spread to my legs, stomach, back, chest and even face.
    The hair isn't dark or thick, but it is noticable like you said (probably because the hair on my body is getting longer, like 1cm).. Especially in the sun... it's awful. I don't wear bathingsuits anymore either, or anything revealing. The worst thing is that it's summer, like 90 out, and I can't even wear a tank top because of the hair on my back.
    Thankfully the hair on my face is very thin and blode is it's not noticable at all... except in the sun of course. So I can't even wear my hair up.
    It's the worst, embarrassing thing ever.

    I went to a doctor thinking I may have hormone problems. He checked my thyroid and testosterone levels.. all came back normal.
    Now I'm being tested for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (which may be the cause of excess hair growth).. I'm still waiting for the results. I doubt that I have this disorder though because I don't have any symptoms, except body hair.
    So I'm assuming that the doctor won't be any help.
    The first time I went to him he told me that it's "just my body" and there is nothing I can do except laser it. I don't really have like a million dollars to laser my entire body, jeez.

    People keep telling me that it may be genetic, but I know it's not. No one in my family has a hair problem. Jesus, my mom doesn't even shave her legs because she has practically no hair on them. Why shave when you don't have to, right?
    So there is no way that can be genetic. If it was I'm sure my mom would be hairy... but she isn't. Neither is my sister.
    I feel cursed.

    So right now I don't really know what to tell you.
    Maybe you could go to a doctor and get your hormones checked for the body hair.
    I do have a solution for legs though. I get the same little gray spots on my legs when I shave them, which is strange because the hair on my legs is darker than the hair on my head. Weird.
    I've found that sunless tanners work pretty well. The gray spots are much less noticable when you're tan (for me at least).
    If you don't wanna use the lotions, you can just go tanning I guess. That will probably help you a little bit.
    I like the lotions though because they're relatively cheap and don't look that bad if you apply them corectly.

    I wish you the best of luck, and hopefully soon we'll find the answers to this embarrassing problem.

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    Old 06-26-2005, 10:06 AM   #3
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    Re: wierd body hair

    thank you so much for your advice! i'm glad i have someone to relate to, because no one else deals with this except for me.

    but for the hair on your face, what you couuuld do is buy this stuff from cvs made by sally hanson. its called cream hair bleach. i use it on my face and my back. it makes the hair blonde, which you can still see in the sun .. but it's really not that big of a deal because at least it's not dark. i would rather have my hair blonde than black, ya know? and everyone has hair everywhere, just lighter than ours.

    anywho, about this bleach stuff-- i like it and it works but it takes a lot of effort to bleach your whole back and to bleach your face and stuff. and since i'm naturally black-haired and when i'm in the sun it looks blonde, it looks pretty wierd.

    but yeah man, i feel ya. thanks again for your help. i'll update if i get any new ideas.

     
    Old 06-26-2005, 12:33 PM   #4
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    Re: wierd body hair

    Yea, I'll probably try that bleach. The hair on my face is pretty blonde as it is... but the ligher, the better. The back hair is extremely noticable in the sun though because even though it's blondish, it still looks dark in the sun.
    It sucks.
    Hopefully this time around the doctor will have some kind of an answer for me. It he doesn't then I'll see a dermatologist. And if that doesn't help, than I guess I'll just have to live with it.
    Oh well... it sucks that some of us have to suffer and deal with this.
    The worst part about it is that I don't know anyone with his problem... I've seriously never seen a girl with as much body hair as I have. It's gotta be abnormal for a reason.. even though the doctor says it's "just my body".. I can't help but feel that he's wrong.
    He says he works at a laser removal treatment center and sees "a lot of women" with many body hair problems. So you'd think that he'd know a lot more about excessive body hair growth, but he doesn't. He had to read books and ask for other doctors' opinions after I explained my case. He had no idea what to do.
    Ugh, yea, that makes me really dislike going to doctors more than I already do.
    The best bet is to go straight to a specialist.. which is so expensive. You just can't win.

    But yea... hopefully we will find an easy solution and the problem won't get worse.
    Good luck, and I'll keep you updated if I find anything new.

     
    Old 07-06-2005, 12:59 AM   #5
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    Re: wierd body hair

    Let me just say that I personally find body hair very attractive. The cause of your body hair? You may never know, so don't stress. Certain ethnic groups are hairier than others. There is a condition called "hirsuitism" that makes woman have an unusual amount of hair. There are probably many other conditions that make a person hairy. But be proud of your body, no matter what.

     
    Old 07-08-2005, 10:44 AM   #6
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    Re: wierd body hair

    It's hard to be proud of something so unnatural... I mean, it doesn't look right.
    Body hair on guys is fine... but when a girl has hair all over her body, it's really gross and unattractive.
    You can't help but feel totally gross and depressed when you see all these girls that don't have like any body hair... and you look at yourself and you're covered.
    It's gross.
    But I'm STILL waiting for my test resuts to get back.. Bah. I know I don't have PCOS though, but whatever.
    I'll just have to wait and see what the doctor says.

     
    Old 07-08-2005, 11:34 PM   #7
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    Re: wierd body hair

    i know how you feel. Though I don't have it on my back so much as my stomach. It's fine around the majority of my stomach, not really noticeable unless it's wet in in a certain direction, but on the bottom of my belly button down a straight line to my pubic area [i think people call it a treasure map] is really noticeable. I don't wear normal bathing suits either, can never get my bakini area to be stubble free [yeuk] so instead I wear my cuisin's swim trunks. My legs grow hair unevenly and my armpits hair are like weeds, growing back within not even a day within shaving them. I tried lazer hair removal on my armpits to no such luck on my [or any of my family's] part. It grew back within a week or two of the last treatment.

    Hopefully there will be some miracle for us, but until then I'm stuck plucking everything bit by bit.

     
    Old 07-09-2005, 12:19 PM   #8
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    Re: wierd body hair

    Oh gosh, I know exactly what you mean. It grows so fast!
    And the stomach hair is so icky!
    I have to shave my legs and armpits like every single day, and it grows so weird... uneven, like you said. Some areas have a lot of hair, and others don't have any. It's so weird.
    My doctor told me to get it lasered someday because it's supposedly "permanent"... But I've heard from other people as well who say lasering didn't do anything at all. The hair just grew back anyway.
    Gah, there's like nothing permanent out there.
    Hopefully we'll find something.

     
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