Woman grows out her beard after decades of shaving it

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Rose Geil is finally embracing her skin after 26 years of hiding behind a razor.

The 39-year-old is letting her beard grow.

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She's been struggling with her facial hair since she hit puberty.

It didn't take long for the then-teenager to decide to hide it, and shaving became part of her daily routine.

Geil tried everything to get the strange, coarse hair to stop growing — neither laser therapy nor medication worked.

She told the British talk show "This Morning" that doctors tried about a year to manage her hair growth, but it wasn't effective. Eventually, they diagnosed her with a hormonal disorder called polycistic ovary syndrome.

"It mostly affected my social life, I don't feel like my full personality was ever present, and instead of facing ridicule, I hid," Geil told "This Morning.

"I didn't participate fully in school as a young child. Even going to class on a regular basis was difficult for me. I suffered all around."

Nine months ago, everything changed. "Enough is enough," she told herself.

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