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Health & Fit A woman with a common hormonal disorder stopped shaving her beard — and she's grown to love it

20:24  28 february  2018
20:24  28 february  2018 Source:   msn.com

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A woman with a common hormonal disorder stopped shaving her beard — and now she loves it . "Seeing someone like me, unafraid of what others thought about her , willing to be public about her condition and looking absolutely killer while doing so was just what I needed to get into the right

Jessica has grown out her beard with the support of her husband. She explained: 'He'd been telling me for ages to stop shaving , but it took a while PCOS is a hormonal disorder causing enlarged ovaries with small cysts on the outer edges. Women with PCOS may have infrequent or prolonged menstrual

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For the last 14 years, beauty vlogger Nova Galaxia shaved her beard every day. But on November 1, 2017, Galaxia made a life-changing decision to stop shaving and truly embrace herself, facial hair and all.

"I started growing my beard for a very personal need to let go of some major self hate I'd held on to for nearly fifteen years," Galaxia told INSIDER.

Galaxia said she started growing dark facial hair when she was 12 because she has polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a common hormonal disorder that can cause symptoms like irregular periods, facial and body hair, and acne, among other complications. According to the National Institutes of Health, estimates suggest that between 8 and 20% of reproductive-age women worldwide are affected by PCOS.

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For years, Torres shaved her face in an attempt to try and hide her rare condition, but now, she ' s decided to embrace the symptoms, despite the “Having the beard has made me a better person,” she said. “I feel more confident and I want to encourage other women with PCOS to feel the same.”

These women with PCOS decided to celebrate their beards and mustaches. Some women simply have more of it than others, whether they're trans or dealing with a hormonal health condition Alma Torres, for example, tells Allure that after shaving her beard for years, she made it a part of her look

"I started shaving it pretty much immediately, as soon as someone pointed it out to me," she said of her beard. "I instantly hated it and wanted it gone and didn't know why it was happening, but I knew it was bad. I shaved it daily for over a decade."

But one day, Galaxia, now 26,  saw something that changed the way she viewed herself.

"I decided to stop growing my facial hair after having seen another woman with my condition, an English Sikh model named Harnaam Kaur," Galaxia said. "I cried when I first saw her. She changed my life."

Haven’t seen myself in a while Sometimes it’s hard to wake up. I can feel my face fold when I smile Tired hands put on my make up. Just a method actress playing on my mattress, Remembering what I know. Just another day for me to try and practice, Being your freak show. I’m mad and I’m sad, Too quiet too loud. Scandalous and not scared, I’m bad and I’m proud. I’m mad and I’m sad, I said it aloud! Sacred and not afraid, I’m bad and I’m proud! White man’s lust never paid my rent, Another day, another dad. Now it’s time to repent, I’m the best you’ve ever had! This is my skin light-filled brown and I’m not sorry, Baby, all I did was sit. You don’t know if you want to fuck me or destroy me, I’ll be your freak show for a bit! @workinhardmummy

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After years of shaving her face due to facial hair from the endocrine disorder Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, beauty blogger Nova So she ' s chosen to embrace her beard and send a message to other women that they too shouldn't feel It ’s alright to love your body, no matter what that means.”

Once she began posting pictures of herself with a beard , she found her “community straight away. Even before I let my beard grow , I was following certain accounts that were run by bearded women or just people in general who didn’t conform to a conventional look, or gender roles, even.

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Galaxia said Kaur's confidence and success inspired her.

"Seeing someone like me, unafraid of what others thought about her, willing to be public about her condition and looking absolutely killer while doing so was just what I needed to get into the right mindset to let myself heal and stop hating my own hair," she explained.

In one of her most-viewed videos on YouTube, Galaxia elaborates on her experience with PCOS and her decision to participate in No Shave November last year.

In the video, Galaxia discusses the growing pains associated with being a self-proclaimed "bearded babe." Nearly four months later, Galaxia told us the things she found most surprising about having a beard.

"A lot of aspects of being bearded surprised me at first," she said. "The way it feels when wind blows through it. How great it is at functionally keeping my face warm in the cold. How soft it is. How difficult it is to eat sticky foods and ice cream now."

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For a woman who grows hair on her face and chest because of PCOS, Halloween can be uncomfortable. What is for her a natural look gets When Schwarz writes about what it ’ s like to receive those comments, she often hears the response that she should just go back to shaving if she doesn’t

Woman grows a hipster beard after a decade of shaving her face and finally finds love . For many years, Nova has shaved her face – but after finding love with a model called Ash, she ’ s found the confidence to grow We got talking and I realised this gorgeous model and me had a lot in common ’.

The vlogger keeps her beard healthy and soft with a regimen of shampoo, conditioner, and argan oil. But sometimes she likes to change things up and decorate her beard with things like glitter, makeup, and even ornamental bells, which she donned for a holiday party last December.

For Galaxia, growing her beard out has been an important step in her journey to body positivity and self-love. She explained that she hopes to inspire others like she was inspired by Kaur.

"I started speaking publicly about it because I very clearly remember the feeling I got when I saw someone like me, how relieving and cathartic it was to know that I wasn't alone and I didn't have to keep hating myself if I didn't want to," she said.

 "I want to help inspire that same feeling in anyone who might need it," she added. "Anyone who lives with the same insecurities should know they're not alone and they are powerful and beautiful."

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