But the sad news is unwanted facial fuzz is actually quite common for ladies to experience too. While this can be normal, especially during times of hormonal change, there are some underlying conditions for you to consider if those stray strands stick around. Ah hormones. They can really toy with our body and emotions. In this case, the balance of the male sex hormones androgens might be to blame, causing your body to do abnormal things. This is the time trusty tweezers and a steady hand can do the trick.
While having thick and dark hair on the face is a normal effect of hormones in men, for women it's a condition called hirsutism that can appear for a variety of reasons. The most common is excessive production of androgens, caused by a hormonal imbalance. This can appear as a result of things like stress, menopause, and obesity, but also because of medical conditions like Polycystic ovarian syndrome, characterized by multiple cysts in the ovaries which cause a deficient hormonal production, and adrenal gland disorders, which affect the production of a variety of hormones like cortisol. Certain medications like Minoxidil, Cyclosporine, and anabolic steroids have excessive hair on the face as a side effect.
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.
Back to Health A to Z. Hirsutism is where women have thick, dark hair on their face, neck, chest, tummy, lower back, buttocks or thighs. See a GP if it's a problem for you. It might be caused by a medical condition that can be treated. Most women get more hair on their face and body as they get older, particularly after the menopause.