What should I do with excess facial hair?
My problem is with excessive facial hair. The only way to keep it under control is to shave everyday. Have tried depilatory creams and gels to remove it, but they never work. I've read about hirsutism and it sounds like what I have. I'm just wondering if there's anything I can do aside from electrolysis. Could it be a hormonal imbalance? I am also overweight.
About the hair itself, you have covered all the major removal techniques. Electrolysis is the only permanent method.
The cause is more concerning. You should see an Ob-Gyn with this problem. A pattern of obesity after adolescence and the pattern of symptoms thereafter is consistent with a problem called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. It is a problem in which excess male hormones are produced in women. Try to think about and write down any other bodily changes you have noticed in yourself, especially breasts, periods, etc. Most likely, the doctor will draw labs and test you for various levels of hormones.