If you have excess or unwanted hair growing on your face this is commonly called hirsutism. As women we all have body hair and facial hair. However it is usually light in colour and fine and therefore barely visible.
What makes hirsutism different is the texture of the hair. It tends to be darker in colour and coarse. So it tends to be more like the kind of hair growth you would see on a mans face.
Having this kind of body hair can be frustrating for women. It is not harmful however for some women if it is caused by a hormonal imbalance there may be other symptoms as well.
It can be complicated to work out what is causing your facial hair growth. This is a list of 87 conditions associated with excessive facial hair growth in women weight gain and fatigue.
Common Causes of Facial Hair in Women
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is probably the most common and well known cause of unwanted facial hair growth. With this condition you end up with cysts on your ovaries that effect your hormone production and results in extra male hormone production.
If you are concerned that you may have Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) here are some other symptoms that are commonly associated with this condition
- pain and stiffness in the hips, shoulders, arms, and upper legs.
- irregular menstrual cycles and decreased fertility
- weight gain
Specific Causes of Facial Hair in Women
Specific causes of facial hair in women can include Cancer, Medication, Hepatitis, Kidney disease, Vitamin deficiency. These can often reverse if the illness causing them goes away.
If the hair growth comes on suddenly there is a chance it could be a tumour so it’s always a good idea to go to your doctor to eliminate this as a possible cause.
Rare Causes of Facial Hair in Women
- Bird (avian) flu
- Cat-scratch disease
- Radiation sickness