I have been reading this forum for the past few months as I have some kind of hair trouble. I'm female/Asian/24.
Initially, I had a fine line of hair around my navel and down a line to my pubic area. However I went for a few IPL sessions (about 5-6) and noticed the line went upwards instead. I read online that it might be due to too low light settings hence it stimulated growth instead. Hence I did the unthinkable and went to do laser at an aesthetics clinic with a doctor. She used a laser (I think gentleYag laser) at very high settings on a fine line of hair from my below breast area down the line to my pubic area. It was extremely hot but I could bear with the heat, she said I had high tolerance. And because my hair was fine she used high settings.
Within the next week, I found hair growing in the middle of my breasts and across my breasts as well (around the nipples also). This is very alarming as I have never had hair any other area than the stomach. I went back to ask the laser Doctor however she claimed laser cannot cause such stimulation and then she said its due to me being very aware of hair that's why I'm noticing hair in this area. I asked if there's any solution and she said laser is the solution (how am I supposed to believe that!) and she said I could have a hormonal problem. During the initial consultation I did a double check with her if the IPL stimulation could be due to hormonal issues and she checked my face and said I should not have any hormonal issues. When this issue cropped up she said I could have hirsutism or pcos.
I was very very afraid by then. I went to a gynae and she checked my hormonal levels and did an ultrasound on my ovaries. The only hormonal issues I had was the LH:FSH ratio slightly off at 1:3 which affects getting pregnant, and not hair. My testosterone and estrogen levels were normal and fine. I told her I was afraid of hair growing then she prescribed Diane 35 which she said can reduce body and facial male pattern hair on females. Anyway, I started reading online that Diane 35 had a lot of side effects and frankly I didn't want to create another problem for myself. So I did not take the medicine.
Two months later I went to an endocrinologist and expressed my concern because the hairs from the laser grew back by quite a lot more, albeit they were all fine hairs. She saw that my hairs were fine hairs, and said I could not have hirsutism and such patients have very coarse hair. She tested my DHEA level in my adrenal glands but it came back normal. The endo also said I should not eat Diane 35 as it is used to thin hair and I already I have fine hairs so the impact would not be significant for me, whereas I'm exposing myself to the risk of blood clots etc. She also said she does not think laser hair removal causes such a reaction.
However, I'm still plagued by this hair growth issue because it has spread to my upper chest and sides of my stomach. Although it may not be noticeable for now, I'm afraid it will grow longer and become a problem. The fact is I have never lasered my chest. And this is making me feel very depressed and low self esteem. I have checked with my sisters and they do not have such weird massive fine hair growing on these places, i.e. Chest, sides of stomach. At most it's the line of fine hair.
I'm now seeking traditional Chinese medicine in desperation as I do not know what to do to stop the growth.
Electrolysis is not popular in my country but I have found one person who does it. However I'm very afraid that it cannot solve my problem
Now I can see all the fine hairs on my entire torso. I am really very afraid and everyday I just feel very depressed and hate my body because I caused this when originally I was not even this hairy!
I have a few questions:
May I check with you guys whether you have came across such weird cases?
Would the fine hairs start spreading towards my neck and face area?
In your opinions, do u think the laser might have ignited some sort of mechanism that makes androgens bind to my hair follicles more easily now?
Is there any way I can stop this naturally, other than taking hormonal pills?