Excessive facial hair is a touchy subject with many women; those who suffer from this condition have a low self-esteem and feelings of inadequacy. Many of them feel that body hair are ugly, and resort to various measures to get rid of the same. There are several ways of removing unwanted hair, ranging from relatively painless methods like threading and plucking to painful techniques such as electrolysis.
While everybody has some body hair, some women have darker and coarser hair on the face that are noticeable. Facial hair are usually found on the sideburns, upper lip and the chin, and along the jawline. Some people even have hair on the cheeks. This causes emotional distress and embarrassment.
The growth of excess hair on the body is known as hirsutism. This condition may be caused by several reasons such as the production of extra androgens or male hormones such as testosterone in the body or an increased level of circulating androgens in the bloodstream. It may also be caused by irregularities of the endocrine system or faults in the metabolism of the body. A condition known as polycystic ovarian disorder (PCOD) also results in unwanted growth of hair on the face and the body, apart from causing weight gain and recurrent acne flare-ups.
Hirsutism tends to run in families, and is generally found to be hereditary. It may also be idiopathic which means that there is no known reason for the condition to occur.
Methods of removal unwanted facial hair
The usual methods used by women to get rid of unwanted facial hair or hide them are bleaching, threading, waxing, depilation, electrolysis, or laser hair removal. Each of these techniques has its own pros and cons and may be suitable for only for certain parts of the face. Also, some of these techniques may be unsuitable for sensitive skin types or darker skin tones. It is usually advisable to consult a certified cosmetologist before choosing a particular hair removal option.