Crazy Hair: Minimizing Perimenopausal Symptoms

Do this: A 2 percent solution of minoxidil for women is sold over the counter, but the FDA has okayed a 5 percent for men, and that’s much more effective. So try it, says Wilma Bergfeld, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic. Apply once daily to minimize any side effects, she says. Do know that it could take six months to a year before you really notice a change.

Or this: To slow down the development of lip fuzz, chin hairs, and other unwanted growth, Bergfeld recommends a daily supplement of 30 to 100 milligrams of zinc for its antiandrogen effect.

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