Causes and Treatments of Excess Facial Hair
As a whole, many of us tend to spend a great deal of time removing as much facial hair as possible. Women and men tend to spend time and energy on this. But as a woman, having excess facial hair can feel really frustrating. Naturally, as human beings we do have hair on our bodies all over, but if you’ve noticed excess facial hair that’s pretty dark or coarse in texture and color it could be the result of something else that’s going on in your body. This isn’t a super uncommon thing, so we thought we would chat a bit about the causes and treatments of excess facial hair.
The technical term for women who have excess facial hair is hirsutism. Essentially, it’s considered or referred to as excess hair growth that appears in areas that are typically more common for men like in the face and abdomen. In general, experts suggest that excess hair growth is genetics. More often than not, it’s something that tends to run in the family and tends to be more common in certain nationalities than others. Regardless of your genetics and ethnic background, the ultimate cause of excess facial hair is hormone related. The real internal reason behind why you may be developing facial hair is because your body could be producing more androgens (testosterone is included in androgens). While ALL women produce a certain level of androgens in their bodies, they tend to be quite low so if your body is developing a higher level of androgens in the body that tends to result in the excess hair growth occurring.
While the androgen levels are one of the leading causes of excess facial hair, it’s not the only potential cause. Polycystic ovarian syndrome tends to be another cause of excess facial hair developing in the body. Essentially, this type of ovarian syndrome tends to have an effect on hormones in the female body – again resulting in the excess hair growth because of a hormonal imbalance. Adrenal gland disorders can be another cause of excess hair growth – similar to other causes, this is often due to a hormonal imbalance in the body. It can be a wide variety of adrenal gland disorders here, because they have such an effect on the hormone levels. Of course, we can’t forget to mention that certain medications can also have a side effect of excess facial hair developing in the body.
Now that we’ve covered some of the most common causes of excess facial hair, we wanted to make sure to include some of the treatment options. Since often the excess facial hair growth is hormone related, many experts suggest looking to different hormonal treatments to help balance out the levels. Birth control pills and antiandrogen medication are often used to help with balancing hormonal struggles in the female body. In addition, if you’re eager to get rid of the excess facial hair more quickly looking to certain creams and more temporary hair removal services like waxing or threading can be a quick fix until you get to the root of the problem.