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Do You Have Skin or Facial Hair Problems? Learn How They Could Be Connected to Your Thyroid!

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Endocrinologist, Delhi  •  12 years experience
Do You Have Skin or Facial Hair Problems? Learn How They Could Be Connected to Your Thyroid!

Women are expected to have smooth and silky skin since the body hair growth is minimal in them. But if you are noticing hair on your chin, hands, or legs more than normal, then you might want to know the reason. There are a number of reasons for hair growth on the body, some are due to thyroid imbalance, some are due to genes, and some are due to the effects of the medication.

As far as women have light and thin hair growth on body, it is not a problem. But if you have thick and dark color hair on the body, you might want to remove them.

Causes of Facial Hair:

There are many reasons for facial hair. Some of them are listed below:

Thyroid Imbalance:

The body hair growth in men is due to the presence of androgen. Women have them, but at low levels. However, that does not mean that women cannot produce them. Some women’s body make 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 in the face of women, excess weight, small breasts, and infertility problems.

Medication:

If you are taking prescribed medication for steroids and Rogaine which affects the balance of hormones in the body, then it is likely that you may have 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 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. But, if you are suffering from thyroid problems, your hair might grow back with time.

  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.

Conclusion:

These are some of the most common treatments used to treat facial hair. However, you should always consult a doctor before opting for any treatment.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!
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