Hair growth on the chin is a real nuisance even if they are not visible from a distance. Women feel as if they have a beard and these hair make them look masculine. Although a few hair are common for most women and nothing to be afraid of, these may often indicate a major health problem.
Usually, when more than a few strands of hair are visible, it might be a sign that a woman is suffering from Hirsutism. This is a condition, in which, the woman’s body grows stiffer and show darker hair on some particular body parts. Although hirsutism is not that harmful in itself but it might be an indicator of some other problem.
Let’s take a look at the factors that might be responsible for excessive chin hair:
- Genetics – Chin hair are genetic most of the times. If your grandmother and/or mother has some chin hair, chances are that most likely, you too will have some when you’re at that age.
- Hormonal Imbalances – Chin hair might be a result of hormonal imbalances in the body. These may be due to the excessive production of the male hormones- androgens in the body.
- Age – Aging may also bring on chin hair. This is due to the hormonal changes that occur in a woman’s body due to menopause. The amount of estrogen is reduced in the body after menopause and this may lead to hair growth on the chin.
- Cushing Syndrome – According to the National Adrenal Diseases Foundation, excess chin hair may also occur due to a condition called Cushing Syndrome, which happens due to excessive production of cortisol – the stress hormone in our body. At times, the adrenal gland produces excessive amount of cortisol on its own and in some cases, this may happen due to asthma or arthritis medications. Other factors responsible for this include weight gain, stretch marks and type II diabetes.
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome – Commonly referred to as PCOS, it refers to ovarian cysts, which can have a rather serious impact on period cycle, fertility, weight gain, reproductive health and it also results in growth of hair on the chin.
- Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia – This is a condition which is usually diagnosed at birth. In this rare condition, a person has unusual hair growth on the chin.
Pregnancy or Birth Control Pills – During pregnancy and when you consume certain birth control pills, a lot of hormonal changes occur in the body and these may lead to hair growth on the chin.
How should you get rid of Unwanted Chin Hair?
Whether you have light colored hair or hard stiff hair on the chin, getting rid of them is important to enhance your look. Even if they are caused due to a medical condition, you must get rid of them. Some methods of removing hair on the chin include waxing and plucking but these are short-term solutions and you have to do these regularly when the hair comes back. If they are not so prominent, you might just want to conceal them by bleaching. However, if you’re looking for a long-term solution, a laser treatment is the best option. You can also consult your doctor and if it due to a medical condition, he might help you to prevent the hair from coming in the first place!