Yes, it’s taboo. No woman likes to admit having facial hair, but it’s one of the most common aesthetic complaints in beauty. Plus, those chin hairs may be more serious that you think.
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All This Extra Fur, Though?!
Unwanted facial hair, known as hirsutism, affects millions of women of all ages. Around 10% of U.S. women contend with some degree of hirsutism daily.
It is a condition when a woman develops male-like patterns of body hair. Some of the most common areas are the upper lip, chin, neck, back and bikini line.
What Causes Hirsutism?
Hirsutism develops when there is an imbalance in androgen hormones.
The most common cause is polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Major signs of PCOS are irregularities in menstrual cycles, ovarian cysts, high androgen levels and unexpected weight gain especially in the abdomen area.
Another cause of hirsutism is genetics. If immediate female family members have it, chances are you will develop it, too.
Diabetes, when the body’s blood sugar runs dangerously high or low, may be another culprit. Weight gain and diabetes are often correlated together and a lack of metabolism may cause hormonal imbalance. Other conditions include congenital adrenal hyperplasia, hyperthyroidism and rare adrenal and ovarian tumors.
Behaviors such as poor dieting, steroidal medications, smoking and pregnancy can cause hirsutism, too.
You are not alone! Social anxiety and depression are to be expected. Surrounded by so much commercialization of perfect skin, discussing facial hair may be a bit embarrassing of a subject to chat about at the company picnic. People noticing extra body hair may be extra hard for teenagers in a world where bullying may be the sad norm.
Hormonal imbalance also brings stress. If you cannot manage demands in life, anything and everything may overwhelm you, including body image.