Problems with hair on the face from a hair growth product for the scalp!

Hi dr Irwin I need help I have blonde facial hair all over my face from a product called hair tonic by fusion health that was for my hair growth on my scalp after I had my children and I have no idea how to remove it I have tried electroyliss and it causes a lot of brown pigment has I also have melasma I have using lytera and also have had 6 treatments of the revlite laser and have seen no results what do u think of the obagi range and also doing electroyliss it's really put my self confidence down

I’m glad you asked this because I think many women don’t know that products that grow hair on the scalp sometimes get transferred accidently to the face, causing unwanted hair growth. 

This usually is just that the product gets applied at night, then we sweat and roll around a bit which transfers the product on the scalp to the pillow and then the face.  Even with Rogaine, the best known, best studied, and most reliable hair growth stimulation product, this can occur if you’re not careful.  Some tips for use:

  1. If you like to apply it at night, make sure your application is even through the area you need to treat, then let it dry (even use a hair dryer) thoroughly for at least 30-60 min before bed.
  2. Keep your bedroom cool so you’re not sweating a ton at night.
  3. Change your pillow case 2-3 times a week to prevent build up of the product on the case.

As for treating these fine (vellus) hairs once they occur, have you tried the Vaniqua cream that’s available by prescription?   It works quite well!   Electrolysis is better for the coarser brown or black hair, and lasers (at this point in time) don’t work well for blond or grey hair.  A great aesthetician who is gentle and expert at waxing may be your best bet.  A treatment should last 3-4 weeks.  

Hope this helps,   Dr. I

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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