Dr. Howard Murad On The (Female) Five O’Clock Shadow-------
This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. The following query was culled from a private stock, but we’ll be accepting readers’ questions soon.
I recently turned 26 and noticed that my sideburns were getting longer, darker, and thicker. Why is this happening now? I thought puberty was over!
Hormones are the main culprits when it comes to hair loss or unwanted hair growth. As women age, their estrogen drops, which causes a surge in male hormones like androgen. This causes hair on the top of the head to become thinner and to grow in unwanted places like the chin and upper lip. There are topical moisturizers and creams with facial-hair growth inhibitors (such as Murad Resurgence Age Balancing Night Cream with chapparal extract, clinically proven to slow facial-hair growth by up to 22 percent in 12 weeks.
A board-certified dermatologist with a private practice in El Segundo, California, Dr. Howard Murad is a trained pharmacist and an associate clinical professor of medicine (dermatology) at UCLA. With insights derived from treating a patient base of over 50,000 people, he developed his eponymous line of skincare products and has authored two books on the topics of aging and cellulite, respectively.
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