Facial hair is an issue that many women prefer to keep quiet, with furtive trips to the beauty salon or secret bleaching sessions at home. While all women have fine, light hair covering their faces and bodies, for some women this hair can be thicker, coarser and more visible — but why? We spoke to dermatologist Dr Stefanie Williams at the launch of the new Philips Lumeawhere she told us that there are a variety of factors behind female facial hair.
The discovery of the odd hair on your chin is perfectly normal and usually not a cause for concern. Shifting hormones, aging, and even genetics could be behind a few chin hairs that stand out. Excess coarse facial hair in women could be a sign of a medical condition that requires treatments.
Girls commonly have a fine growth of hair on their bodies and face. But some girls have excessive and coarse hair growth on their face and body. In medical terms, this condition is referred to as hirsutism.
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Hirsutism HUR-soot-iz-um is a condition of unwanted, male-pattern hair growth in women. Hirsutism results in excessive amounts of dark, course hair on body areas where men typically grow hair — face, chest and back. The amount of body hair you have is largely determined by your genetic makeup.
All women have facial and body hair, but the hair is usually very fine and light in color. The growth pattern of hirsutism in women is associated with virilization. Women with this condition have characteristics that are commonly associated with male hormones.
W omen like me have been keeping a secret. The removal of facial hair is just as paradoxical — the pressure to do it is recognized by many women as a stupid social norm and yet they strictly follow it. Because these little whiskers represent the most basic rules of the patriarchy — to ignore them is to jeopardize your reputation, even your dignity.
When Vidya Srinivasan was 7, girls would make her play a man in games of make-believe because of the downy hairs on her upper lip. Her mother, Dr. Hema Sundaram, a dermatologist in suburban Washingtontried to reassure her. The amount of hair a girl sprouts and where varies widely based on geneticshormones and ethnicity, Dr.