Guidance for the management of hirsutism

Curr Med Res Opin. 2005 Aug;21(8):1227-34. doi: 10.1185/030079905X56475.


Approximately 80% of women are affected by the presence of excessive hair growth in a 'male-like' pattern. Excessive facial hair in particular can be a source of distress to such women and can lead to psychological problems such as anxiety, depression and a reduced quality of life.Current cosmetic methods of hair removal include shaving, depilatories, waxing, plucking, laser, intense pulsed light (IPL) and electrolysis.A topical treatment cream such as eflornithine 11.5% can slow hair growth and thus reduce the frequency of the need for hair removal. This treatment can be used effectively in conjunction with hair removal methods.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Topical
  • Cosmetic Techniques
  • Eflornithine / administration & dosage
  • Eflornithine / therapeutic use
  • Enzyme Inhibitors / administration & dosage
  • Enzyme Inhibitors / therapeutic use
  • Female
  • Hair Removal / methods
  • Hirsutism / drug therapy*
  • Hirsutism / etiology
  • Hirsutism / therapy
  • Humans
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome / physiopathology


  • Enzyme Inhibitors
  • Eflornithine