Excess or unwanted hair affects a large number of both men and women. It can occur anywhere on the face or body and be a real cause of embarrassment and anxiety.
People of certain ethnicities, such as Mediterranean or Middle Eastern, are more prone to suffer from excess hair, although it can also be a genetic condition.
In women, excess hair growth is often caused by a condition known as hirsutism. This is when the ovaries or adrenal glands overproduce the male sex hormone androgen, which is produced by all women, but at a much lower level.
This hormone imbalance causes thick, dark hairs to grow on the face, usually the chin or upper lip, as well as on the neck, chest, stomach and bikini area. In the majority of cases, hirsutism is a result of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, or PCOS. We always recommend that you visit your GP before coming to us if you feel that your hair growth is abnormal.
Other causes of hirsutism include certain medical conditions and medications, obesity and menopause. However, in a number of cases, the reason for the condition remains unknown.