Hirsutism, a condition where women have more visible excess body and facial hair, can be distressing and affect one’s appearance and mood. While there are ways to remove this hair, understanding the causes and addressing them can help reduce its growth. Here are eight reasons why facial hair might be growing faster and how to manage them.
BPA, a chemical commonly found in plastics and food packaging, has been linked to health issues.
To minimize BPA exposure, opt for BPA-free products and avoid microwaving food in plastic containers. Choose glass or stainless steel containers for food and beverages. When possible, also limit the consumption of canned foods, which can contain BPA in the lining.
Lack of exercise:
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS):
PCOS, or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, is a hormonal disorder that affects women of reproductive age. It is characterized by the growth of small cysts on the ovaries, irregular menstrual cycles, and high levels of androgen hormones such as testosterone.
Some common symptoms of PCOS include:
- Irregular menstrual periods or no periods at all
- Excessive hair growth on the face, chest, stomach, or back (hirsutism)
- Acne or oily skin
- Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
- Infertility or difficulty getting pregnant
- Male-pattern baldness or thinning hair
- Darkening of skin, particularly in skin creases such as the neck, groin, and under the breasts
The exact cause of PCOS is not known, but it is thought to be related to insulin resistance, which can lead to high levels of insulin in the body. This, in turn, can cause the ovaries to produce more androgens. There may also be a genetic component to PCOS.
Treatment for PCOS depends on the individual’s symptoms and goals. Some options include hormonal birth control to regulate menstrual cycles, medications to help with insulin resistance, lifestyle changes such as weight loss and exercise, and fertility treatments for those trying to conceive.