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Updated: November 30, 2012 7:00 PM
Your Embarrassing Beauty Questions — Answered

We all have questions about our less-than-perfect bodies that make us feel self-conscious. Why do I suddenly have facial hair? What's with those bumps on my behind? Well, now you can stop blushing. We consulted the experts and found answers behind 10 cringe-worthy beauty conundrums.

"What can I do about the whiskers that have suddenly sprouted on my chin? They're uncool, unfeminine, and so annoying!" (© Jose Luis Pelaez/Getty Images)
  • "What can I do about the whiskers that have suddenly sprouted on my chin? They're uncool, unfeminine, and so annoying!" (© Jose Luis Pelaez/Getty Images)
  • "My pubic hair is almost completely grey. Is it safe for me to colour it?" (© Getty Images)
  • "I feel like a clown when I wear makeup. Are there any tips for choosing the most natural shade to match my skin tone?" (© Marc Vuillermoz/Getty Images)
  • "How do I get rid of dandruff once and for all?" (© John Burke/Getty Images)
  • "What are the weird bumps on my butt and backs of my arms? They look like pimples!" (© Stockbyte/Getty Images)
  • "How do I fix my yellow toenails?" (© Stockbyte/Getty Images)
  • "I over-plucked my eyebrows when I was younger and they never fully grew back. Can you recommend a regrowth treatment?" (© Compassionate Eye Foundation/Getty Images)
  • "I'm years away from going totally grey and I don't want to start colouring my hair yet. Is there a way to smooth out the wiry, witch-like greys that stand out?" (© Sam Edwards/Getty Images)
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"What can I do about the whiskers that have suddenly sprouted on my chin? They're uncool, unfeminine, and so annoying!"

"A gentle yet firm tweeze is the way to go," says Molly R. Stern, Los Angeles-based celebrity makeup artist. Use a sharp-angled tweezer, grasp the hair as close to the base as you can, and tug. Be careful not to pinch the skin and don't dig under it to remove any hair left behind.

If you've got more than a few hairs, see your doctor. Polycystic ovarian syndrome, a disorder characterized by high levels of male hormones, or an adrenal gland problem could be to blame, says Doris J. Day, MD, clinical assistant professor of dermatology at New York University. If you're moderately hairy (meaning you tidy your brows or upper lip monthly), there's not much you can do to escape genetics.

Jan 24, 2013 5:17PM

I had horrible dandruff from about the time I turned 13.  No shampoo worked until I discovered Nizoral.   But what really got rid of the dandruff once and for all was when I discovered, at the age of 33, that I have a gluten intolerance.  I cut out the wheat,etc and haven't seen a flake in more than ten years.

Jan 31, 2013 5:21PM
It`s a myth that the reason for the hair to look worse in our 40s than 20s is shampooing. Although it`s a good idea to stick to sulfate free products, the hair still is a dead and renewable substance. It is the base part of hair, which is under the skin, that needs to be taken care of - do not expose your scull to extreme heat and cold, consume vitamins (like D) and minerals like calcium and phosphorus. Also genes are accountable for how good our hair looks. Bottom line - buy buying a bottle of shampoo you will not solve the problem of a lifetime.
Also I find baby powder (instead of expensive dry shampoo) useful between shampooing. I hate washing my hair, and wear helmet a lot when biking in summertime.  So baby powder is a life saver for me - it completely takes away the shine and smell!
Wishing all good hair days!

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