6 things that hair on your chin could mean
And why you should never ignore it.
However, if you’ve noticed excessive or repeated growth of hair on your face, or are wondering WTF is going on with that one stubborn thread that can’t be beaten by your tweezers, there are a number of possibilities to consider.
"Hirsutism is is generally caused by an increase production in the male hormones called androgens, and or, an increase in skin sensitivity to androgen."
"There are some conditions where the increased hair growth is caused by hormonal imbalances, namely increased production of male hormones.
PCOS is a condition that affects how your ovaries work, and other symptoms include irregular periods, weight gain, acne, and fertility problems. If you’re suffering from one or more of these signs and you’re concerned, speak to your doctor about your options - there’s no ‘cure’ for PCOS as such, but there are treatments that can help to manage the condition, ranging from lifestyle changes all the way through to surgery.
Cushing’s syndrome is caused by high levels of a hormone called cortisol, and in addition to facial hair, it can cause weight gain, stretch marks, skin that bruises easily, and muscle or bone weakness. It can occur as a side effect of taking certain medications, or more rarely, because of a tumour developing inside a gland, so it needs managing with appropriate advice from a medical professional.
While hormone imbalances and syndromes can be responsible for hair growth in some women, for others, it’s simply a sign of a few more birthdays going by."There is a natural tendency to get hairier with age, especially post menopausal," confirms Elizabeth.
If your increase in hair production has coincided with a noticeable weight gain or weight loss, the two could be related."Obesity upsets the balance of male and female hormones," details Elizabeth - and as we’ve already learned, your hormones can have a major impact on hair growth.
"It occurs more commonly in women of mediterranean or Middle-Eastern origin. However, in the general population 10% of caucasian women will experience it too."
"Electrolysis is often suggested if the hair is grey, blond, or ginger in colour. It can sometimes cause inflammation and scarring."Read more: Cosmopolitan UK
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