Hair is a woman’s most prized possession – when it’s long, thick and healthy – and in the right places. But on the chin? Right, that’s a no-no. We don’t go there. And yet, chin hair is still natural, and today we’ll look at the various reasons why it occurs.
Having these hairs can be unattractive and embarrassing, but almost everyone is forced to deal with them sooner or later in their lives. What is also true, however, is that chin hair can be indicative of some underlying health problems.
You shouldn’t worry about a few stubborn whiskers, however, since most people have them.
Source: via Fitness And Beauty Guide
But if you experience the regular return of several strands of chin hair, you may have what is medically called hirsutism. According to The Mayo Clinic, it is a condition when women experience the regular growth of dark, bristling hair in unusual places. It is not dangerous in itself – but it can be indicative of other medical conditions.
Today, thanks to Small Joys, we bring you an overview of the seven most common causes of chin hair. Class begins!
Almost everything health-related is associated with genetics, or caused by it, and chin hair is no exception. When asked about chin hair by Women’s Health Magazine, dermatologist Dr. Hadley King said that the unusual hairs are associated with hormones and genetics. It can be inherited – if your grandma or mother had chin hair, it’s likely you’ll have it too.
2. Hormonal imbalance
Source: via United Rx
Hormones play a huge role in how your body self-regulates itself. An excessive amount of the androgens (male sex hormones) can often lead to those pesky chin hairs.
While both male and female hormones are normally present, a hormone imbalance can cause women to grow thicker, “manly” hair in areas more typical for men.
Following up on the issues of hormones, it is also known that as women age, they produce less estrogen (female hormones). If you have chin hair in that period of your life, then it’s natural and brought on by the changes you’re experiencing.
4. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
But if none of the above is sufficient to explain the appearance of hair on your chin, then PCOS may be the likely cause. This condition can change the balance of your hormones and affect your reproductive health. It can also lead to irregular periods, fertility problems, cysts in the ovaries and weight loss.
These cysts mess with estrogen production leading to hormonal imbalance, which can cause hirsutism – i.e. more persistent and rough hairs on your chin. You should probably consult with your doctor if you suspect this may be the problem.
5. Cushing’s Syndrome
Source: ED Treatment India
Chin hair can also be attributed to the Cushing Syndrome, according to the National Adrenal Disease Foundation. This condition develops when a person is exposed to too much cortisol, which is a stress hormone (ah, sounds familiar, eh?). The adrenal glands (placed on the kidneys) can pump too much cortisol in your system, or, alternatively, the cause can also be certain arthritis or asthma medications. Symptoms of the Cushing Syndrome include stretch marks, Type 2 Diabetes, weight gain and – you guessed it – excess hair.
6. Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
This is yet another condition that can provoke chin hair growth, but the silver lining here is that this is usually easily diagnosed as soon as one is born. So if you don’t already have a diagnose – it’s probably not it. Basically, children with this syndrome lack the adrenal gland enzyme which produces the necessary hormones. Medline Plus says that Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia affects only 1 out of 15,000 children.
Pregnancy is a major cause of hormonal changes. Thankfully, this is normal, so pregnant women shouldn’t worry about chin hair. However, a similar process happens to the bodies of women who use birth (or pregnancy) control, but the effect is temporary – the hairs should be gone shortly after you stop taking the pills.
But how to remove chin hair?
Thankfully, there are many ways. The easiest ones are to simply pluck them out, or with the help of waxing or bleaching. Other, more complex, expensive, but also more permanent solutions are laser removal or asking your doctor for a specific solution.