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What is excess hair?

Excess hair refers to unwanted body and facial hair. We all have hair on almost every part of our bodies, but some people have more than others. This can be embarrassing, distressing and difficult to manage, for both men and women.

Excess hair (particularly in women) can be a symptom of a hormonal condition such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Sometimes excess hair growth has no identifiable cause; this tends to be more common in skin types from a Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and South Asian background. It can also be hereditary.

Causes of excess hair


In women, excess hair is often referred to as hirsutism. This is defined as hair in a male pattern; hair that is thick and dark, rather than finer and fairer.

Hirsutism occurs when females produce an excess of male sex hormones called androgens, or are more sensitive to these hormones. All women produce androgens; it’s fluctuating levels which can cause problems.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Although all females produce androgens, these usually remain at low levels. When there is a hormonal imbalance of them, excess hair can occur.

This fluctuation of hormone levels and symptoms such as excess hair can be triggered by a medical condition called PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome). Certain medical conditions and the menopause can also trigger hirsutism.

If you suspect that your hair growth is abnormal, it is best to consult your doctor as it may be a symptom of another problem.

Recommended Treatments

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