All women have hair on their body and faces, but this is usually very fine and light in colour. If it grows thick, coarse and dark it can be embarrassing, and you may wish to find a way of removing it. There can be many reasons for excess facial hair in women. One of the main causes is higher than normal levels of male hormones in the body. Male hormones are called androgens, the most well-known of which is testosterone. In men, testosterone is involved in the development of deepening of the voice and the production of sperm.
Excessive or unwanted hair in women: Causes and natural treatments
All women have facial and body hair, but the hair is usually very fine and light in color. The growth pattern of hirsutism in women is associated with virilization. Women with this condition have characteristics that are commonly associated with male hormones. Hypertrichosis, on the other hand, can increase hair anywhere on the body.
Facial hair is an issue that many women prefer to keep quiet, with furtive trips to the beauty salon or secret bleaching sessions at home. While all women have fine, light hair covering their faces and bodies, for some women this hair can be thicker, coarser and more visible — but why? We spoke to dermatologist Dr Stefanie Williams at the launch of the new Philips Lumea , where she told us that there are a variety of factors behind female facial hair. Shaving, waxing and threading are relatively cheap and quick ways to remove the hair, although of course, they require regular maintenance.
I remember when I first noticed it. I was going through my skin-care routine, when one stray but surprisingly long chin hair caught my attention. After doing some digging, I learned what the elusive culprit typically is: always mysterious hormones surprise!