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Facial hair, how to remove it

Has any one else noticed  developing facial hair after long term use of Insulin?  My doctor said it is a side effect of insulin use.   I would like to find a safe way to remove it or stop it.  I know this is a vain question, but it bothers me.  At 67 years old, it could be another trick Mother Nature plays, but I hope to fool her.
posted Apr 19 in Conversation by mknicks (480 points)
retagged Jun 28 by KarenG

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I've been using insulin for almost 50 years, but have never heard (or experienced) that it causes excess facial hair growth.  I think that has more to do with hormonal changes/levels as we grow older.
answered Apr 20 by bayleafbroker (1,450 points)
I never considered the fact that facial hair could be linked to insulin use.  I use at home waxing to remove it.  Painful but pretty convent for me!
answered Apr 24 by KarenG (16,340 points)
Don't know about the Insulin but I have natural dark hair all over my body. Have had dark facial hair since about 14 years old now 52 year old.. I use the facial lotion to remove it. It seems to make it thinner and lighter in color. Also pluck them. There also some natural remedies this is a article on them.   http://www.stethnews.com/1213/remove-upper-lip-hair-forever-with-just-two-ingredients/
answered Apr 25 by GlennaBeaver (460 points)
I have never heard of insulin causing facial hair.
answered Apr 26 by Stamps1 (240 points)
Thank you for posing this question.  I had never thought about it until now.  I, too, have obnoxious facial hair and I'm 34.  Have had it pretty badly on certain areas of my face since being a teenager.  Always thought it was hormones until now....I know diabetes can affect hair on your head so I'm wondering if it can affect it on other parts of the body too.
answered Apr 26 by juliew (490 points)
I have never hear that insulin use can cause facial hair grown. I've had T1D and used insulin for 54 years. I have very little facial hair, and what I do have I assume is due to the fact that I am 60. I shave it when I take a shower in the morning.
answered Apr 26 by janmosso (1,460 points)
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Excess facial hair has been an issue for quite a while, long before menopause. I read many years ago that animal insulin (beef/pork) could be the cause, but never found any factual proof. I always assumed that since I had dark brown hair on my head, I'd also have some on my face. Now, at 70, I have far more than I want on my chin. Tweezers, every morning, are what I'm using. That's not the best solution, but one that's easily available.
answered Apr 26 by Janis (1,270 points)