Here at Unique Threading Salon, we often help women who have excess facial hair. It’s common for women to have a light “peach fuzz” on their face, and this not a cause for concern. However, some women have a condition that is referred to as hirsutism, which essentially means that the hair on their bodies grows in coarser and darker, and grows in places where it doesn’t usually grow on women. Hirsutism is associated with higher levels of male hormones. This is different than hypertrichosis, which causes excess hair growth but is not associated with hormones.

About 10 percent of women have hirsutism, and it seems to have a genetic component. It runs in families and is more common among women of South Asian, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean descent. While excess facial hair isn’t threatening to your health in itself, that doesn’t mean you should just ignore it. First of all, if you feel self-conscious about your excess facial hair, we can help you with our hair removal services in Chelsea. We can help you feel more confident by removing the excess hair, whether you opt for threading or sugar waxing. There is a solution to your problem, so don’t hesitate to contact us! In addition, you shouldn’t ignore excess hair growth on your face because it could be an indication of one of several different health conditions. In this blog, we will go over the most common causes of hirsutism.

Common Causes of Hirsutism

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is the most common cause of hirsutism; roughly 75 percent of all hirsutism cases are caused by PCOS. This is a hormonal condition in which a woman develops benign cysts on her ovaries. This impacts the production of hormones in her body and can cause a variety of symptoms, such as acne, infertility, irregular periods, and hirsutism.

Menopause

It is common for women who are going through menopause to develop hirsutism due to the hormonal changes during this time of life. Some symptoms of menopause include skin changes, hot flashes, mood swings, and excess facial hair. This is because estrogen levels fall and testosterone levels rise as women age.

Cushing’s syndrome

Another hormonal condition, Cushing’s syndrome is caused by elevated levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. Cushing’s syndrome often develops because of the use of corticosteroids, which are used to treat autoimmune disorders. Symptoms of Cushing’s syndrome include easy bruising, muscle weakness, weight gain, low libido, and hirsutism.

Obesity

Obesity disrupts the hormone levels of the body, causing excess hair growth. If you are obese or overweight, you might talk to your doctor about losing weight and how that may help reduce your hirsutism.

Congenital adrenal hyperplasia

Congenital adrenal hyperplasia is a congenital condition, which means that you are born with it. It involves the adrenal glands which are responsible for producing hormones. If a woman has congenital adrenal hyperplasia, they may experience hormonal symptoms, including excess hair growth due to the impact of the condition on androgen production.

Certain medications

Certain medications also cause excess hair growth. Taking anabolic steroids, for example, can raise testosterone levels, which then causes hirsutism. Additionally, if you have a testosterone deficiency and take testosterone to address this, it may lead to excess hair growth. If you are on any medications that deal with hormones, you should talk to your doctor about whether or not your excess hair growth is being caused by it.

What To Do

Talk to your doctor

It’s important to talk to your doctor any excess facial hair, particularly if you have never had it before. This could be an indication that something is going on with your hormones, especially if you are also experiencing some of the other symptoms listed above. Hirsutism itself will not harm you, but it does indicate more serious health conditions that need medical attention. When you talk to your doctor, they will likely want to know more about your medical history, and may test your blood to assess your hormone levels. What treatment your doctor may suggest will be dependent on the cause of your hirsutism.

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You don’t have to be embarrassed by your facial hair. At Unique Threading Salon, we help many women to remove the excess facial hair that is causing them to be self-conscious. Contact us today to learn more about our hair removal options in Chelsea!