Hirsutism is a rare condition that only five percent of women in the United States suffer from. The condition causes facial and body hair to grow in places that they typically don’t on a woman, including the back, chest, stomach, and chin. The hairs aren’t just peach fuzz either: they’re thick, coarse hairs similar to those found on a man’s body.
There are three main causes of Hirsutism: genes, hormones, and medication.
Some women are just unlucky enough to have this gene run in the family. It has been found to be more prevalent in women from the Middle East, South Asia, and the Mediterranean.
Androgen hormones naturally found in men might be found in higher levels in women who suffer from this condition. High levels of this hormone can be a sign of more serious medical problems, such as polycystic ovary syndrome, Cushing’s syndrome, or even tumors in the adrenal glands.
Some medications that women take can increase androgen levels. Any medication that contains hormones, such as anabolic steroids, can cause unwanted hair growth on the face or the body. Rogaine may also cause this.
While some of these causes can be prevented, they may not necessarily get rid of the excess hair that has grown. There are many hair removal options available to choose from, but laser hair removal is the only permanent solution for Hirsutism.