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Understanding Your Hair Better: Excess Facial Hair


This article will strive to explain your hair type and why we have excess facial hair growth. Hair is made up of a protein called keratin. Keratin is hard protein also found in fingernails and toenails. It grows from beneath the surface of skin from hair root and follicles. In essence, there are two hair types on our body:


These are darker and coarse when compared to vellus hair. These grow on head, armpits and pubic areas. These provide cushioning effect and protection to vulnerable areas on the body.


Vellus are tiny soft hair found on face areas, chest and back. Their main usage includes maintenance of temperature in body, especially with adequate insulation.

Why do we have excess facial hair?

There are varieties of reasons for this. Some might apply to you, some might not. This list will give you some interesting information:

  • Hirsutism is a condition that explains excess hair growth. This occurs when follicles are sensitive to secretion androgen, male hormones. Psychiatrists have suggested that it makes women feel more masculine, and low in self-esteem.
  • Overweight body and stress cause excess secretion of androgen. Controlling body weight can cure this, but it is recommended that you discuss this with your doctors.
  • Pregnant women, women with irregular menstrual cycle and those at menopausal stage are more likely to grow excess facial hair, which can be attributed to hormonal changes.
  • Excess hair in Upper lip and chin can point towards polycystic ovarian syndrome, occurring during reproductive chase. Please get a checkup if this is the case.
  • Steroid medications can imbalance hormones, leading to excess facial hair.