Young Woman Battles Excessive Facial Hair

Diamond Smith appeared on ABC’s The Doctors to discuss her excessive facial hair, which first began growing at age 15.

The 23-year-old tried shaving, waxing and hair removal creams daily, but the hair continued to grow back. After meeting with OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry, Diamond was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome.

PCOS has a dramatic effect on the body’s natural hormone levels and excessive hair growth is often a direct result of this condition.

The underlying problem with PCOS is a hormonal imbalance and because of it’s unknown cause, PCOS can only be treated and not cured. As many as 5 million women in the United States are affected by the condition, yet 50% of these cases go undiagnosed.