A woman who ‘suffered in silence’ after she started growing dark facial hair as a result of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) has revealed how she boosted her confidence with laser removal.
Sophie Marshall, 25, from Elstead, Surrey, was diagnosed with the condition – which causes high levels of ‘male hormones’ in the body – in her early 20s, when she noticed dark, coarse hair growing on her chin, neck and face.
After years of waxing and plucking her skin, while using thick make-up to cover up marks left over, Sophie decided to try laser hair removal.
She was thrilled with the results, which left her without any ‘horrible bumps and spots from ingrown hairs’ and made her confidence increase massively, even encouraging her to start her own make-up blog.
Sophie Marshall, from Elstead, has shared her incredible transformation after undergoing a treatment to remove the facial hair caused by her Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). Sophie previously grew dark hairs on her face, neck and chin (left). Right, Sophie today
The treatment has made Sophie’s confidence increase massively, and has even encouraged her to start her own make-up blog
PCOS is a common condition that also causes irregular periods, weight gain, and can decrease your change of getting pregnant.
Reflecting on her diagnosis, Sophie said: ‘I was shocked and upset. I didn’t know a lot about it and immediately thought how it’s going to make life harder when I want to have a family.
‘The side effect of growing more hair was my main concern and I wanted something doing. I was told loosing weight would reduce PCOS so I started to take action for this.’
While the issue of her weight issue could be addressed, the facial hair was more problematic and despite loosing two stone over nine months, her symptoms did not get any better.
Self-conscious about the coarse dark hair on her face and neck, Sophie was advised not to shave her face – to avoid the hair growing back quicker and longer – and so instead tried waxing. Pictured, Sophie today after her successful laser hair removal treatment
Self-conscious about the coarse dark hair on her face and neck, Sophie was advised not to shave her face – to avoid the hair growing back quicker and longer – and so instead tried waxing.
She said: ‘Shaving made hair comes back coarse and darker and waxing left me with rashes, scars and markings’
WHAT IS POLYCYSTIC OVARY SYNDROME?
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition that affects how a woman’s ovaries work.
The three main features of PCOS are:
- Irregular periods – which means the ovaries don’t regularly release eggs (ovulation). This can affect a woman’s ability to get pregnant.
- Excess androgen – high levels of ‘male hormones’ in the body, which may cause physical signs such as excess facial or body hair.
- Polycystic ovaries – the ovaries become enlarged and contain many fluid-filled sacs (follicles) which surround the eggs (it’s important to note that, despite the name, if you have PCOS you don’t actually have cysts).
Source: NHS Choices
Sophie became even more self conscious when she started dating her boyfriend of three-years, Dean, 36, and was forced to pluck her individual hairs in between waxes, wearing thick make-up to cover up the bumps left behind.
She said: ‘I met my boyfriend December 2016 and luckily he made me feel very comfortable about it all and told me not to worry.
‘But trying to get rid of the parts on my face was bothering my confidence and self esteem I had to take further action.’
After years of battling with her condition, Sophie decided to visit Health and Aesthetics in Surrey for a consultation where Dr Rekha Tailor advised regular laser hair removal treatment on her face and neck.
She revealed: ‘Laser hair removal at Health and Asestics clinic was the best decision I made and more people should know about it.
‘After the first appointment I started to notice the hair on my face and neck becoming less coarse and dense.’
‘I increased the areas covered to my sideburns and top lip and noticed brilliant results there too.
‘Now I’ve been having it for just over six months and the results are just incredible.’
‘Unlike the waxing I haven’t been left with any horrible bumps and spots from ingrown hairs, and it’s not painful.’
Since the treatment Sophie’s confidence has sky rocketed and she no longer feels she has to rely on wearing heavy make-up to cover her face
Sophie now has her own beauty Instagram page with over 2,000 followers where she shows off her amazing make-up skills
The treatment kills hair follicles and makes the hair less coarse and less dense, and cost Sophie £180 for a course of three treatments every four weeks, for just a few minutes at a time.
She insisted that the hair removal has made a ‘huge difference’ to her life and has massively improved her self confidence.
‘It’s made a huge difference to my confidence and my boyfriend and friends have all noticed too’, says Sophie.
‘I suffered in silence for years and felt really self-conscious.
‘So now I’ve found a cure I want to tell other people that there is something that can be done.
‘Since getting the laser hair removal I have gained a lot of confidence and also started a makeup Instagram page of @sophiemarshallmakeup.’