Excess facial hair

Posted on 26 Nov, 2011

Most women have little facial hair, apart from the eyebrows and the very fine vellus hair that covers most of the skin. Yet most women regularly remove facial hair and feel that they have excessive hair growth. So what is normal?

The amount of facial hair and its thickness and colour can change at various stages during a woman’s life. Before adolescence, facial hair tends to be so fine it is not noticeable. Hormonal changes during puberty can cause changes to the hair, and at this point, some women may experience the growth of darker, thicker hairs on the face.

As the skin ages, the amount of hair can vary, with growth increasing slightly as time goes by. The menopause is another period of hormonal changes and can produce darker and more visible hairs on the face.
The hormones at the root of the problem are the male hormones, the androgens. While the increase in facial hair is not dangerous, there is still some social stigma attached to excessive female facial hair.

Many women use tweezers, wax or bleach to control facial hair, while some even resort to shaving. Laser hair removal London offers another, longer-lasting option which makes the problem much easier to manage.