Facial Hair | 22 October 2017

What causes facial hair to grow?

The following list contains some of the main causes of hair growth on the face.

  • Hirsutism
  • Genetics/ Hereditary factors
  • Thyroid conditions
  • PCOS
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Medications
  • Obesity
  • Menopause
  • Pregnancy

Hirsutism is the most common condition that causes excess facial hair growth in women. If you are seeing hair growth on your face you are definitely not on your own, thousands of women are also dealing with this on a daily basis. Although it can be distressing there is a reason behind it and yes you guessed, it has to do with hormones. It’s been scientifically proven that excess hair grow in women is due to high levels of androgens in the blood.

So what are androgens?

Androgens are male hormones but women have a certain amount of them too which is fine but some women may start to overproduce androgens causing an imbalance.

Androgens effect hair growth on the face in two ways.

1. Androgen levels in the blood.

Women and men have the exact same amount of hair follicles, the differences are in the hormone levels and how sensitive your follicles are to these hormones. When a woman has high levels of androgens present, she will start to see hair grow mainly around the facial area but may see other areas such as the areola, navel, chest and lower back.

2. Sensitivity of follicles which respond to androgens.

Many women have had their hormone levels checked by a doctor and the results have come back showing no signs of elevated levels of androgens. The other reason for excess hair growth maybe that the cells within your follicles have become sensitive to these hormones even though the levels of androgens are normal.

How can I find out if I have Hirsutism?

You can find out if you have Hirsutism by arranging to have some blood tests with your GP. Hormone levels in your blood can be checked for any signs of this condition and a treatment plan can be put in place to help control this issue.

We know that this can be a very sensitive subject for most women, we understand that it may be embarrassing for you to talk about but please don’t be. We successfully treat 100’s of women with this condition every year, our laser hair removal consultations are completely free of charge and we will give you honest advice on the best way forward for you.

Can some medications can cause facial hair to grow?

Yes, some medications (including some but not all contraceptive pills) can cause facial hair to grow so if you are experiencing this we would recommend talking to your doctor about alternatives.

Are there any other hormonal conditions that cause excess facial hair growth?

The most common hormonal condition we see is PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). It is a very common condition that causes facial hair growth, you can contact your GP who will in turn carry out various blood tests to check this for you.

There are also other conditions such as abnormalities in your adrenal glands or pituitary glands that may cause hormonal imbalances and we would always recommend that you speak to your GP if you are concerned about any of these issues.

If you suffer from excess facial hair growth and would like to speak to an expert about facial hair removal please contact us. Our dedicated team of hair removal specialists are on hand to answer any of your questions.