The bearded lady in the hit movie The Greatest Showman, is not just a curious oddity. In fact, a lot of women, although not as pronounced as hers, suffer from the same medical condition. It’s called hirsutism.
Hirsutism basically means excess body hair among women. While most of the female population have fine, light hair dusted all over their faces and bodies, some women have thicker, coarser and more visible hair.
What could be the cause of this ‘hairy’ problem?
Dermatologist Dr. Stefanie Williams points out two major factors:
This is the primary cause of excessive facial hair in women. If a female has slightly more testosterone than normal, this can result in unwanted facial hair growth. Medical conditions such as PCOS or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome may be the reason behind these spikes of the male hormone in female bodies.
Women most commonly notice the sudden appearance of excess facial hair after the menopausal stage, when drastic hormonal changes happen to your body and cause alterations such as growing a thicker ‘stache.
What To Do With Unwanted Facial Hair?
Thankfully, albeit annoying, excessive facial hair is relatively easy to manage.
Shaving, waxing, and threading are cheap and readily available ways for hair removal, although they require regular maintenance.
You can also explore other options such as electrolysis and laser treatments, where powerful light beams or lasers are used to kill off hair follicles. These come with an expensive price tag, but will require you less hair removal trips in the long run and may lead to permanent hair removal after several sessions.
Read the original article by Good Housekeeping here to explore other hair removal ways you can try in the comforts of your home.
Do you suffer from unwanted facial hair? Have you gotten to the root of your hairy problem? How are you coping with it? Share your story in the comments below!