Although you may be of the opinion that bushy beards and moustaches are reserved only for men, it isn’t uncommon to find women with a bit (more than usual) of facial hair too. The factors responsible for the same are aplenty; hormones being prime. Another important factor to consider; the normal ways to remove facial hair might not always work for hair growth in the lesser common areas such as the chin. To help you out, we put down a full guide on peachy fuzz, why and where it occurs in women, what it signifies and how to get rid of facial hair.

 

Where does unusual facial hair appear?

Where does unusual facial hair appear?

Facial hair appears most commonly in a few tell-tale spots in women. This can be over your sideburns, under your chin, on your upper lip and around your neck. While barely visible hair may cover most women’s cheeks and jawlines, it is the stiff, unwanted, dark hair strands that need to be investigated further.

 

Why does facial hair appear?

Why does facial hair appear?

While there are multiple reasons why women have facial hair, they boil down to a few primary causes.

Hormones

Hirsutism is a disorder in which one has excessive facial hair growth due to one’s genes, hormonal changes or Cushing’s syndrome. The condition is more prominent in those from the Middle East, South Asia and Mediterranean countries.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

When one suffers from PCOS or a hormonal imbalance, the production of the male hormone androgen may go into overdrive and result in extra facial hair.

Genetics

Genetics also play a part in the growth of facial hair. Hence, if thick facial hair is something your mother, sister or grandmother have suffered from too, you’re more likely to get it.

 

How do you get rid of facial hair?

How do you get rid of facial hair?

Fortunately as women, we’re used to hair removal on our bodies. So when it comes to the facial region, the approach is similar but gentler.

If facial hair is due to a hormonal imbalance or PCOS, consult your gynaecologist and dermatologist for the right treatment and get rid of it for good. Chances are you will be recommended medication and a strict diet.

If the reason for your facial fuzz is a lot more generic, visit a salon for a threading treatment or facial waxing. You can also opt for tweezers, a women’s razor or an electric trimmer for sensitive areas. For those of you who have a low threshold for pain, bleaching is also an option (although it may not always photograph too well.)

Image Credits: It’s Just PCOS