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Can Menopause Cause Facial Hair?

From perimenopause onwards, many women notice changes to their skin and hair due to a drop in their body’s usual oestrogen levels.

Oestrogen plays an important role in maintaining collagen in the skin, so a change in hormonal balance can make wrinkles more prominent. At the same time, hair can become thinner and some women even experience menopausal hair loss.

But menopause can have the opposite effect on the hair on your face. Excess facial hair can be an embarrassing menopause symptom affecting women’s confidence, as it is often coarse and dark.

Menopause-related facial hair shouldn’t have to be something you just put up with though - there are natural options out there for rebalancing your hormones, managing multiple symptoms and getting your confidence back.

What Causes Facial Hair in Menopause?

As your natural oestrogen supply begins to decline, the testosterone levels in your body can become more dominant. This can send the balance of other hormones in your body haywire too, including one called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is what’s behind that more noticeable facial hair.

When the oestrogen and testosterone in your body are at the level you’re used to, your DHT levels are typically lower, helping to keep the hairs on your face relatively fine, fair and unnoticeable.

However, when oestrogen declines and testosterone becomes a more dominant factor in your body, those hairs can begin to appear darker and more coarse, making it look as though you suddenly have excess facial hair.

If this hair starts to grow at a rapid rate and is very noticeable all over your body, this could be a sign of an imbalance with your adrenal gland, we’d always advise speaking to your GP to rule anything else out, so you know how to manage your symptoms in the best way.

How to Manage Facial Hair in Menopause

You could choose to remove your facial hair in menopause by waxing, but this can be painful. Bleaching it is another option, but you have to know what you’re doing to get it right.

Alternatively, finding a way to rebalance your hormones with a substance designed to take on the role of natural oestrogen could help you to manage multiple symptoms of menopause at the same time.

The Femarelle® natural menopause supplements that we stock contain DT56a, an ingredient derived from soy, which can mimic the usual role of oestrogen.

Femarelle® Rejuvenate supplements in particular are designed to provide you with extra support in the perimenopause stage, as they also contain biotin, which can help you to maintain your skin and hair despite the hormonal changes taking place in your body.

Balancing your hormones and getting menopause symptoms in check can help you to get your confidence back and feel more like yourself again, putting you in a better mindset to take on menopause.

Shop the full Femarelle® collection available from Menopause Supplements here.