When your hormones take control of body hair
Ironic, isn’t it, how hair grows with such vigour over areas of the body you just don’t want it to but falls off your scalp at such an infuriating rate? No matter how much you wax, shave, pluck or tweeze, body hair just keeps coming back! Fortunately, there is a solution to get rid of it… for good. But more on that later. For now, let’s get to the root of the problem.
The more you know about body hair, the better you’re prepared to deal with it.
The hair found on a woman’s body is of two different types. One. The soft and fine kind known as vellus hair. Two. The thick and coarse kind called terminal hair. You must have figured out what kind grows where, but to reiterate the obvious, vellus hair is found on the face and chest while terminal hair appears on the scalp, underarms and the bikini area. Dr. Marian Lourdes Coutinho from the Kaya skin clinic team says, “Hair growth may vary from one woman to another based on genetic or ethnic factors. But if it grows more than it’s supposed to, you’re looking at a hormonal irregularity.” If you put it in medical terms you could call it “hirsutism”. Put it simply and you could call it “unwanted trouble”.
The reason? An excessive production of male hormones known as androgens in the female body. The soft and fine vellus hair get easily confused when there’s a hormonal imbalance of this type in your body and transform into thick and coarse terminal hair. But male hormones in the female body… weird, isn’t it? It’s a fact. All women produce androgen in their ovaries and adrenals but they do so in small quantities. Trouble starts brewing when the ovaries or the adrenals are distressed, causing them to work in overdrive and produce higher levels of androgen.
So what causes disturbance to your ovaries or adrenals?
Polycystic Ovarian Disease / Syndrome (PCOD, PCOS)
A common cause of hirsutism, PCOD or PCOS is characterised by the development of multiple benign cysts in the ovaries. These cysts stimulate the ovaries to produce androgen in excessive amounts, leading to a hormonal imbalance. The result? Excessive hair growth over the face and body. And as if that wasn’t enough, PCOS also causes irregular periods, irregular ovulation, weight gain and acne.
Uh oh! Sounds like trouble. Unfortunately, ovarian tumours are one of the leading causes of hirsutism. The trouble doesn’t end there. These tumours can also lead to a change in your body structure and your voice.
Adrenal glands are responsible for the production of hormones in your body. But when tumours develop in the adrenals, it disturbs the hormonal balance your body requires for optimum functioning. What follows is never pretty. From excessive hair growth to loss of self-esteem, adrenal tumours can really shake you up!
The path to smooth skin begins here
Sure the causes of excessive hair growth we just took you through made an exhausting read. But don’t you worry! With kaya, there is always a brighter side. And this time around, it is our laser hair removal solutions. “Laser hair removal is indeed a blessing for women with hirsutism. The treatment targets hair at the root and permanently gets rid of unwanted facial and body hair,” says Dr. Marian.
The next generation of laser technology. Stopping the generation of body hair.
While lasers are a well established method of combating body hair, they come at a price. Physical discomfort during treatment. Time-consuming treatments at that. As they direct heat at hair follicles, there’s a perceptible sting which cannot be eliminated. Now for the good news. A whole new class of laser technology, fine tuned by kaya, takes care of the problem altogether. kaya ultima, as this next-generation laser hair removal is called, Is faster, painless and keeps you hair-free for the longest period ever between sessions. 3 – 6 sessions is all you would need, depending on your level of hair growth, to get rid of body hair. The treatment targets larger areas with a single beam, unveiling smooth skin in a single pass, which makes it faster. It uses a special cryogen-based Dynamic Cooling Device (DCD) that delivers instant cooling to the epidermal layer of skin, making it painless. It keeps your skin smoother for longer between sessions by directing therapeutic heat to the hair root, delaying hair regrowth for the longest period ever known.
So if you want freedom from unwanted body hair for good, kaya ultima is the way to go. It’s going to be one joyous experience… getting rid of excessive body hair as well as the emotional and psychological stress it brings with it, too. Ever so smoothly!