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Unwanted or superfluous hair can be bothersome and cause both physical and psychological effects on an individual. In some cases, hair is unwanted for simply cosmetic reasons, such as the female trend for smooth, hairless legs and armpits. In other cases, unwanted hair or excessive hair growth, known as hirsutism, can be caused by a medical condition or hormonal imbalances. This can cause women to grow unwanted hair on their face or have an excess of hair in other areas of their body. Those with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) are especially prone to this and can often seek medical referral for help. Men can also suffer from problems with unwanted hair, including issues with beard growth or back hair, including in-growing hairs. A variety of temporary and permanent solutions are available to reduce unwanted hair growth in the face and body.
The Alkaline Wash system, available through the Danne Montague King product range is designed to reduce fine, downy hair on the face and other parts of the body.
The first recorded use of electricity for epilation or hair removal was in 1875. Currently, needle-type electrolysis is the only method which can guarantee permanent hair removal. Advanced techniques are used to also remove lumps and bumps such as moles and warts.
Many different types of Laser and IPL, or LHE devices have been developed to remove body hair to a significant degree. This section contains more info on treatment cost, side effects and UK clinics.