In this blog post we discuss the condition of excessive facial and body hair in females and a few natural remedies for hirsutism. We also cover the causes of this condition, what are the symptoms, what type of women it commonly affects and how we can control and combat it with dietary changes.

As a woman, it can be very difficult to begin noticing the growth of excess body hair in places where such hair does not normally grow on females. When there is an excessive growth of facial and body hair, it is usually described as a condition known as hirsutism. This is a condition that causes unwanted hair in females, and is characterized by thick, coarse black hair in areas where such hair usually appears on men. These areas include the chest, face, and back, but can include other areas of the body as well.

What causes hirsutism in women?

Hirsutism can often be the cause of unwanted hair in females, due to the presence of abnormally high levels of androgen (male sex hormones) in their systems. It is important to note that this condition can be successfully treated, and the level of androgen in your system safely and effectively lowered. Once treated, this condition will most likely not recur unless other, more serious, underlying causes are responsible for a fresh outbreak. Most of the known causes of hirsutism, such as androgen, are not severe and will respond well to treatment. Occasionally, hirsutism is caused by a condition known as Cushing syndrome. Overall, about 8 percent of women suffer from hirsutism at some point in their lives. Most will recover soon enough from this condition after it has been correctly diagnosed and a course of treatment prescribed.

What are the symptoms of hirsutism?

The symptoms of hirsutism can be easily described. These include excessive hairiness on women, irregularity of the menstrual cycle, excessive acne, and noticeable loss of your feminine shape in certain areas of the body, such as the breasts, hips, buttocks, and thighs. The condition of hirsutism can lead to a serious crisis of sexual identity in a woman. In addition to excess body hair, you may also began to notice symptoms that included a deepening of my voice, the onset of male pattern baldness, a sudden enlargement of the muscles in my shoulders, and an enlargement of the clitoris. These symptoms indicated that there is a definite overproduction of androgens affecting your body. However, if the condition of excess body hair is also accompanied by such symptoms as diabetes, high blood pressure, and a noticeable weight gain (especially in the abdomen), this may indicate that you are suffering from Cushing syndrome, which is a more serious condition that may require a different course of diagnosis and treatment.

What are natural remedies for hirsutism?

There are a number of natural remedies for hirsutism that are known to be of immense help to women who are suffering from this condition. Excessive hairiness on women is a problem that can be addressed in several stages, making use of different methods of approach. Some of the most common treatments and preventative measures are described below:

What herbs can be used to prevent or fight hirsutism?

The problem of excessive hairiness on women can often be managed through the use of certain herbal remedies. Some of the most commonly used herbs include:  spearmint, licorice, white peony, green tea. According to the US National Library of Medicine, spearmint has been traditionally thought to have testosterone reducing tendencies. A study done in Turkey showed that patients who drank at least 2 cups a day of spearmint had a significant reduction of free testosterone and increase in LH, FSH and estradiol. This impact on hormone levels can help to alleviate and event treat hirsutism. The combination of licorice and white peony is well known in the natural management of excess male hormones in females and has been said to help reduce excess hair growth in women. According to a small clinical trial published in 2004 by Armanini and colleagues, licorice helps to decrease total testosterone due to its phyto-estrogenic properties. White peony is also said to reduce production of testosterone and in addition promote the conversion of testosterone into estrogen. Green tea may also have anti androgen properties and is said to restrict the 5-alpha reductase conversion of normal testosterone into DHT, a more powerful form of testoterone that can lead to acne, excess hair growth and baldness. In summary, these herbs contain properties that are useful in strengthening the body’s systems in order to help them to combat the onset of excessive androgens.

Using food to combat and control hirsutism

Another of the most commonly prescribed natural remedies for hirsutism is a simple change of diet. Cutting down on the amount of red meat that you eat, as well as foods that contain refined substances such as sugar is a must. Pasta and white bread are also cited as examples of overly refined foods that may lead to an increase of hirsutism in women. Processed carbohydrates and sugars cause a spike in insulin levels which has direct impact on the production of male hormones in our bodies. Abstention from these foods may help your symptoms lessen or disappear. The goal is to reach for foods that are low on the glycemic index (GI), which measures how foods impacts blood sugar and insulin levels. Harvard Medical School published the glycemic load for 100 plus foods, which you can find HERE. It’s an excellent idea to eat about 35 to 45 grams of fiber per day, as well as lean protein (roughly 0.75 to 1 gram of lean protein per pound of lean body mass. You might also try taking a half teaspoon of cinnamon per day with your meals.

How can exercise help with hirsutism?

Exercise has been shown to be beneficial when it comes to managing excessive hair growth. Combined with an alteration in diet as shown above, a regular exercise routine can effectively reduce abnormal levels of androgen hormones that are produced in the female body. In the article Natural Ways to Reduce Androgen in Females, we highlight a 12-month study conducted by Anne McTiernan at the Cancer Prevention Research Program of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center which shows that loss of body fat in conjunction with moderate intensity exercise causes greater decline in androgen, testosterone and free testosterone in women. It is recommended to exercise for at least 30 minutes per day, and at least 5 times per week. One of the beneficial side effects of adopting an exercise regimen in order to combat hirsutism is that you will get into the habit of eating carefully and exercising regularly. While the symptoms of hirsutism will eventually disappear, the healthy habits that you have learned from this experience will continue to benefit you.

comments on natural remedies for hirsutism and unwanted male pattern hair growth in femalesAre you struggling with hirsutism? What natural remedies for hirsutism have you tried and how has it worked for you? Please share in the comment box below.

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  1. US National Library Of Medicine, Natural Institutes of Health, Grant Paul, Ramasamy Shamin, 2012

19 thoughts on “Natural remedies for Hirsutism, Unwanted Male Pattern Hair Growth in Females

  1. Debs says:

    Hi. I have always had a modest amount of hair on my chin and chest for over 20 years. I trimmed the chin hair about once monthly, and just ignored the chest hair which remained at the same level for very long. But in the past year, chin hair has significantly increased such that I trim twice a week! My skin has also darkened significantly such that people have remarked about it. Added to all that is dramatic and resistant weight gain. In spite of a diet that excludes nearly all carbohydrates, minimal fried food, cooking nearly everything eaten, drinking only water, no dairy except for Greek yoghurt, the weight isn’t going away. It’s all very distressing. Any ideas? Thanks.

    • KP says:

      low carb food, and include ghee and organic virgin coconut oil (to replace all oil used for cooking), extra virgin olive oil for eating
      try eating 100 gm of these fats per day, 30-50 gm of carbs, 60 gm of protein. Try for 2 weeks to adjust, and the weight should come off, as your body will go into Ketosis

    • Olga Blinova says:

      Keep you glicymic index stable. Eat regularly – 3 meals + 2-3 fruts or berries between the meals.
      Take Core , it could be help you with the weght solution.
      Any questions , let me know

    • Melly Mel says:

      Gluten is your enemy, so make sure all your stuff is gluten free.
      Buy organic. Fruits are good for you but remember that they have complex sugars and should be consumed early in the day. MORE GREEN, MORE GREEN, MORE GREEN. Start and finish your day with a Kale smoothie with blueberries and other low sugar fruits.

    • lola says:

      Vitamine D and B12 deficiencies could be the reason. I started to have chin growth when my B12 went down, Vit. D went down at the same time. I take monthly shots now and it gets better.

  2. Taniya Shammi says:

    I am suffering from bilateral PCOS and i have excessive hair all over my body everywhere…n now i hv grown hair on my chest my face my back n my shoulder too..these hair are too menstrual circle is always irregular please help me i want to get rid off these hairs.I want a permanant solution for my hair..i want to remove them permanantly

  3. natalie f says:

    Cut out the sugar.
    Drink parsley tea to help with periods. Sugar will also cut out the period pain. Exercise and keep fit. Yoga is good.
    Veg and wholemeal grains so switch to brown rice, cous cous, and pasta.

  4. Raksha Roy says:

    My pcos and androgen level is normal now. But because I had it before I have got hirsutism. I exercise every day, with a Diet that does not include red meat and any items made with flour. But there is no change in the habit growth on my body

  5. Kushi Simha says:

    I’m a 17 years old girl. And from past 2 years I have been noticing excessive hair growth on my chest , abdomen, shoulder ,all over my face and my back. I don’t know the cause and my periods are irregular and I’m gaining a lots of weight. Please suggest best remidies to permanently get rid of these hair and to gain back my natural body beauty.

  6. Kushi Simha says:

    I’m a 17 years old girl and I’ve been noticing excess hair growth on my chest,shoulder,back, abdomen and all over the face from past 2 years and I don’t know the cause. Please suggest a natural homely method to overcome this problem permanently.

  7. Tee says:

    I really need help and don’t know where to begin. I get my face waxed and hairs tweezed every two weeks but sometimes she tells me to allow more time in between but that in between time is killing me because it’s noticeable. I’m also starting to see hairs on my chest. My periods have been irregular for the last few yrs and the hair growth has gotten worse. I’m also never thirsty so I don’t drink as much as I probably should. Where do I begin? Pls help. I’m willing to change my diet if needed.

  8. Deepika Verma says:

    very nice article. keep it up the good work.
    Is there any natural way to cure hirsutism permanently ?

    • Belle says:

      Hi Deepika thank you for your comment. In regards to your question, it really depends on what is triggering the hirsutism. Is it genetics or hormones. Thankfully there are treatments like laser hair removal that can be very effective and lessening hair growth when done over a number of treatments.

      • Nat says:

        Hi! I have tried laser hair removal but it actually went worse! Due to shaving the hair thickened and darkened. Do you know about any other remedy?

  9. Lina says:

    I’m only fifteen and I have noticed excessive growth of hair on my private part and my abdomen, and currently hair is starting to grow on my inner thigh too! I also noticed small hair growing on my breasts! Please, I really don’t know what is happening. And no I don’t have an irregularity on my period, and I haven’t gained weight :/ So I’m pretty sure it isn’t PCOS . . . . Is there anything that would stop the growth?

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