Hair Issues: unwanted body hair
Read about cosmetic treatments for unwanted body hair in ‘Beauty: The Ultimate Cosmetic Makeover Guide. Book 2: Body, Teeth & Hair‘.
Unwanted body hair refers to hair growing in socially unacceptable or personally unacceptable body areas, or even hair growing in esthetically unpleasing ways, such as elongated and wiry eyebrow hairs.
Unwanted hair may appear as nostril or ear hair in older men, facial hair in older women or women with hirsutism, eyebrows growing in an undesirable shape or position, or pubic, chest, back or underarm hair that has fallen out of vogue. In fact, hair anywhere at all on the body can be the subject of fluctuations in fashion.
Unwanted body hair on women
It is estimated that approximately 40% of women have some measure of unwanted facial hair.
A condition called ‘facial hirsutism’ occurs in between 5—15% of all women from all ethnic backgrounds.
Hirsutism is generally caused by an adrenal, ovarian, or central endocrine imbalance. Women afflicted with facial hirsutism usually suffer from a great deal of personal distress, such as depression and anxiety, and often experience difficulty in social situations.
The normal amount of facial and body hair for women varies. In general, women only have fine hair, sometimes called ‘peach fuzz’, growing above the upper lip and along the jaw and chin; also in the armpits, one the pubic area and on the legs. Women with hirsutism may have coarse, dark hairs in these areas,, as well as on the back, chest and abdomen.
One cause of hirsutism is a hormonal condition called polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).
Unwanted body hair on men
Fashion in men’s body hair is ever-changing. Depending on the latest trend, men may wish to rid themselves of hair on their face, neck, chest, back, pubic area, legs, arms … indeed, just about anywhere on the body, including the head.