Many women work very hard to appear as if they have no facial hair. Whether it’s plucking, shaving, bleaching, or a myriad of other methods, women expend a lot of effort and money removing and maintaining the hair on their face. Most of the time, facial hair is manageable. However, in some cases, facial fuzz becomes more like an actual beard and grows way beyond what’s expected. If facial hair is causing problems and embarrassment, it might be time to see a doctor and address the issue using new methods.
Excessive hair growth on women, mainly in areas where men usually have hair — like the chest, neck, face, or stomach — is called hirsutism. Due to differences in hormone levels, women typically have less hair on their faces and bodies. Hirsutism starts when levels of male hormones, called androgens, rise in a woman due to a variety of reasons, including medications, polycystic ovary syndrome, hormonal changes, or adrenal disorders.
About 5-10% of women experience hirsutism at some point in their lives, and it can cause embarrassment and self-consciousness. Fortunately, depending on what’s causing hirsutism, there are steps women can take to address the issue.
11. Cause: Obesity
When it comes to obesity and abnormal hormone levels, it might be a “chicken or the egg” situation. One could be caused by the other. Obesity is linked to high levels of testosterone in women, elevating androgen production.
10. Cause: Changes in Hormonal Balance
Excessive hair growth in women can occur throughout their lifetime, during times of hormone upheaval such as puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. Particularly during menopause, male hormones increase in women and can cause an increase in body hair. Pregnancy also causes a temporary increase in testosterone, causing excessive hair growth.