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Perimenopause - facial hair!

JoJoHJoJoH Posts: 3


I am 50 and going through the above. I have noticed through the drop in estrogen the skin on my face is starting to droop especially at the sides of my mouth. I am also experiencing increased hair on my chin/neck which is driving me mad! I have a fair complexion and these hairs aren't fair, they are dark! I feel if unchecked, I could become a member of ZZ Top with the beard that I could produce! I have read there is a cream called Vaniqa that could help with this as it is more than just a depilatory cream as it blocks the enzyme that stops the hair being produced. Have you any experience of this cream and its success? With regards to the sagging facial skin, do you think that facial exercises, massaging etc helps at all or is there a particular cream that has sufficient levels of estrogen/collagen in it to make a difference (that doesn't cost the earth!). Thank you in advance for your help. Regards Jo


  • Blanka_CBlanka_C Posts: 406 Community Admin


    Hi Jo@JoJoH, welcome to the community!

    Ahh so sorry to hear you're experiencing these symptoms. I've not tried Vaniqa myself but read it's a popular choice and it's the only medically approved cream to help with unwanted facial hair apparently. It's only available through prescription though if I'm correct.

    I know that Veet has lots of good hair removal products, they also have a facial kit, although I assume it would only help removing hair, not stopping it form growing back. 🤨

    I did some digging and found this article quite helpful actually:

    Can I ask if you are on HRT? It helps balancing hormones, so I assume it should help with facial hair growth as well. I think it's worth asking Diane, our menopause nurse, she has over 30 years experience and has her own clinic. @DianePorterfield-Bourne, is this something you can help with?

    For skincare and skin changes, I'd recommend reading some of these articles, they're full of tips from ladies from our community, including product recommendations:

    Let's see what Diane says, hope this helps in the meantime. x



  • Blanka_CBlanka_C Posts: 406 Community Admin

    Hi Jo again, just came across a similar discussion actually! Seems a couple ladies on here had similar questions / have experience with creams, might worth asking them:

    Blanka x

  • MonicaMMonicaM Posts: 337 ✭✭✭


    Welcome, I understand what you are going through with the facial hair. It always grows around my chin and lips and it drives me crazy too. Sad thing for me sometimes it is gray hair and sometimes it is the color my hair. I am just always plucking it to get rid of it.

    Welcome again to the group.

  • JoJoHJoJoH Posts: 3


    thank you all for your replies and tips etc. Much appreciated! I will start doing the reading/research and post anything I find that may be of use.

    Best wishes

    Jo 😉

  • MenopauseorjustmeMenopauseorjustme Posts: 430 Menopause Nurse Practitioner


    Hello there. I thought I would offer my support too!

    I can't offer much advice when it comes to beauty regimes I am afraid but can help with some of the things you are concerned about.

    As our Oestrogen levels fall we often get more hair growth in areas we don't want. You can use over the counter treatments to remove hair but I would suggest seeking a qualified practitioner who specialises in laser hair removal.

    For improvement in your skin and any menopausal symptoms HRT would help. Have you talked to your GP about menopause?

    Getting good quality sleep, exercise, drinking at least 2l of water a day will all help your skin. Also remember factor 50 suncreams on your face and neck too.

    The nutritional advisors will advise you some more.

    There is a facial cream called Emepelle which says it helps improve the skin of menopausal women. It might be worth looking into and making your own mind up.

    I hope I have helped too.

    Best of luck

    Diane Porterfield Bourne.

  • JoJoHJoJoH Posts: 3

    Hi Diane

    Many thanks for you reply and your recomendations/advice, much appreciated.

    Will look up the cream you mention too.

    best wishes


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