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Do You Have Skin Or Facial Hair Problems? Can It Be Because Of Hormone Imbalance?

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Endocrinologist, Delhi  •  11 years experience
Do You Have Skin Or Facial Hair Problems? Can It Be Because Of Hormone Imbalance?

Women are expected to have smooth and silky skin since the body hair growth is minimal among them. As long as women have light and thin hair growth on body, it is not a problem. But if you have thick and dark colour hair on the body, you might want to remove them. If you are noticing hair on your chin, hands/legs or body more than normal or few male pattern hair, then you might want to know the reason.

Causes of Facial Hair:

There are a number of reasons for excess or abnormal hair growth on the body, e.g. Hormone imbalance, genetic factor and medications.

Hormone Imbalance:

The body hair growth in men is due to the presence of androgen (male hormone). Women have them but in lower quantity. However, that does not mean that women cannot produce them. Some women’s body makes a high level of androgen which causes skin and facial hair.

When the levels of male hormones increase in women, it causes problems like facial and skin hair problems, obesity, PCOS and irregular menstrual cycles. It may also lead to the condition of hirsutism.

One of the primary causes of high-level androgen in women is PCOS, which causes cysts to grow around the ovaries. This results in a hormone imbalance. This condition leads to hair growth on the face of women, excess weight, small breasts and infertility problems.

Medication:

If you are taking prescribed medication for steroids or Rogaine (given for hair regrowth) which affects the balance of hormones in the body, then it is likely that you may develop facial hair growth. The medications change hormone levels and unwanted hair grow in the body. Medicines like minoxidil are taken for high blood pressure and can also cause excess facial hair.

Genes:

Sometimes the problem of skin and facial hair problems runs in the family. If you have genes of family and relatives that suffer from the problems of hirsutism or high level of androgen in women, then it is likely that your facial hair problem relates to your genes.

Treatment for Facial Hair:

If you are worried about your facial and body hair, then there are a number of ways you can remove them:

  1. Shaving: Shaving is an easy way to shed extra body hair in less time and money. But, this method is only viable when you have limited and slow growth of hair.
  2. Diet and Weight Management: Overweight people should consider shedding some extra pounds to get rid of unwanted hair.
  3. Waxing and Threading: It is a common method that women use to get rid of unwanted hair from face and body. This method is a little painful and requires a lot of time.
  4. Bleaching: Some women opt for bleaching facial hair so that they appear light and mostly invisible.
  5. Laser Treatment: You can also opt for laser treatment to remove the unwanted hair permanently.
  6. Consult an Endocrinologist: If you have more than desired hair growth problems, you must visit an endocrinologist. Get yourself checked and he/she can offer you a number of safe medications for treatment.
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