• Hair above a woman's upper lip

    Why do I have facial hair?

    Facial hair amongst women is very common, and might be caused by menopause, Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome and other hormonal imbalances.  In this blog, we explore what causes female facial hair, and share the options available for safe and effective facial hair removal.

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Even though many women worldwide find themselves faced with facial hair growth, female facial hair remains a subject that many find embarrassing to address. Whether you have experienced female facial hair growth over a long period of time, or are more recently finding new areas of hair growth, we are here to explain why this may be happening, and provide you with options for safe and effective hair removal.

Why do women get facial hair?

Whilst some fair and thin facial hair is to be expected on women’s faces, in some cases the hair can grow darker and thicker, and appear to grow much quicker. Many women who suffer from this sort of facial hair growth experience some embarrassment around the hair in this area, which can lead to them looking for solutions to remove the hair. Before we go into how you can address removing any unwanted facial hair, let’s firstly look at why some women experience it.

In males, a hormone called testosterone is produced during adolescence. This hormone is responsible for deepening the voice and producing sperm. Whilst all women produce a certain amount of testosterone too,  some women can produce it excessively, which can cause increased hair growth. Excessive testosterone production in women is one of the symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), which leads to the growth of cysts around the ovaries, and can also lead to excess hair growth. Excessive hair growth in medical circumstances such as these is sometimes referred to as hirsutism.

In some cases, excessive hair growth can also be a result of hormonal imbalances caused by the menopause. After going through the menopause, some women are left with a high level of testosterone, which – as we discussed above – can lead to increased hair growth and female facial hair.

Certain medication can also lead to increased hair growth in women, therefore if you have recently begun a new course of medication and have noticed hair growth, we would advise to check with your GP whether this is a side effect of that, and what they advise.

Female facial hair might appear on the upper lip, across the cheeks or along the jaw and sideburn area.

How can I remove my facial hair?

If your hair growth is affecting you and you’re seeking options to remove it, the good news is there are several methods you can consider!

DestinationSkin clinician prepares the laser for laser hair removal

Shaving, waxing and using hair removal creams are all popular methods that many people may think are the quickest and most effective, however these are all short term solutions that require frequent upkeep. Ultimately, these are high maintenance methods that do not offer permanent results. Should you be considering these options, it’s also important to be aware that they can lead to irritation and adverse reactions (e.g. reaction to wax and creams), which themselves can create undesirable skin conditions.

For a more permanent method of removing unwanted hair, laser hair removal offers the most effective results. Using laser technology to target the hair at the root, facial laser hair removal treatment destroys the hair follicle, significantly reducing the chances of it growing back. With just 6-9 sessions recommended on average (in some cases followed by maintenance sessions), laser hair removal is a time-saving, and ultimately cheaper, method than many of the other options, whilst also providing effective, long-lasting results.

Please be aware that if you have PCOS, whilst laser hair removal is still by far going to be the most effective method, you will likely need a significant number more sessions in order to keep the hair growth at bay.

Read more about laser hair removal, the areas we can treat and how much it costs here, or book your free consultation with one of our experienced practitioners using the form above. We understand that hair growth in this area can be a sensitive topic for many women,; our friendly team can treat you warmly and discreetly.