This is a response to iluvsunflowers15's 4/19 post: This is a long one, but I am a peer who is dealing with the same man-hair problem..
I am 32 and I have a hormone imbalance - polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) that has caused thick hair growth on my chin and upper lip (a very common symptom due to the body producing increased androgens - male hormones). When left unplucked, it looks like straight-up thick manbeard hair and it covers an area on my chin about the size of two silver dollars - one on each side of my jowel, not to mention it's sliding down my neck. Totally obvious. I found that plucking them produces ingrown hairs and dermatitis. So, I tried laser hair removal in Feb. 2010. The laser tech burned my face causing cystic acne which left pits and scars after only one treatment. That, and most if not all of the hair returned within one month.
I recently found a forum on healingwell.com where women were posting who had both UC and POCS. My father had UC (really advanced stages), and my aunt (his sister) has IBS as do I in addition to the POCS. That forum suggests that there may be a link between the two syndromes, or at least that they often occur simotaniously. Increased hair growth occurring after discontinuing steroids may indicate a hormonal imbalance. You might want to see an enodcrinologist about getting your hormones checked out. At the very least, you could research polycystic ovarian syndrome on the healingwell.com website and see if any of the information helps you.
Many laser hair removal clinics will not even work on someone with POCS because the excessive testosterone creates new hair follicles even after the old ones are killed. And though I've heard that you need to undergo several treatments to make it permanent, I won't go back.
Some advice was given to me just yesterday by a skin care specialist while she was examining my excessive man-hair growth problem. She told me that once my hormone imbalance was addressed and corrected, the hair removal should be more permanent. However, she insisted for me not to use the laser procedure: it is too easy to mess up the setting on the laser, and it should only be administered by a doctor (unfortunately for my newly pitted skin, my procedure was not). She then described in detail some of the laser messup horror stories that she saw first-hand where they have permanently bleached, scarred, and damaged skin and nerves. She even told me about a doctor's wife that messed someone up pretty bad with that laser. She said that electrolysis is a much safer way to go for permanent hair removal, so I will probably do that next time. I trust her and she has had years of experience with different people and their skin issues.
In the meantime, I am just going to wax and pluck until I get my hormones figured out with the hope that once they're back in balance the excessive hair growth will slow down. Good luck!