When is chin hair a red flag?


While doing your skincare routine or applying makeup did you spot hair sprouting out from your chin area? Are you worried about what this sudden growth of chin hair means? Well, you shouldn’t be worried. Almost every woman has hair on their chin and this is perfectly normal. The sudden growth of chin hair can be caused due to many reasons such as imbalance hormones particularly androgen, aging, and even family history.

How can you get rid of chin hair?

If the sudden hair growth is due to a hormonal imbalance, then it is suggested to use oral medications like Spironolactone to help regulate hormonal imbalance, and bonus point this medication also helps treat acne. If the hair growth is not the result of hormonal imbalance, then you can get rid of unwanted hair with:

  • Tweezing
  • Waxing
  • Shaving
  • Threading
  • Laser hair removal

When is chin hair a red flag?

A stray of hair here and there or peach fuzz on your face areas is not a big deal but a rapid and thick growth of chin hair can be a sign of a health issue. Not just in the chin area, if there is a sudden growth of hair in the upper lip, chest, abdomen, pubic region, arms, thighs, and back it’s likely due to the hormonal imbalance.

This excessive growth of chin or facial hair which is thick and dark male-like hair is known as Hirsutism. It may be caused by

  • PCOS
  • Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
  • Cushing syndrome
  • Androgen secreting tumor

As long as the facial hair growth in women is in a small amount then you are good to go but if the hair growth is thick, dark, and coarse, we suggest you consult a certified dermatologist. You can also consult OB/GYNs as they’re specialized in female hormones.

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