Risk Factors for Unwanted Facial Hair Growth

Unwanted facial hair growth affects many women and may be a source of great embarrassment for some. Women experiencing unwanted facial hair may have several treatment options and should discuss their options with a skincare professional.


Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is a hormone affecting facial hair. As women age and go through menopause, their estrogen levels are on the decline. Higher levels of estrogen during reproductive years keeps levels of DHT down, but when estrogen levels are lower during menopause, DHT levels may be higher. This may lead to terminal hair (thick and coarse) growth on the chin, jaw line or on other areas of the face.


This is a condition may be caused by excessive androgen in women or from hair follicles' sensitivity to androgen. Polycystic ovary syndrome, Cushing's syndrome, congenial adrenal hyperplasia, tumors and certain medications may lead to higher levels of androgen in the body. Women with these conditions may be at greater risk of unwanted facial hair growth.

Hereditary Factors

Those with a family history of facial hair growth on women may be at greater risk of developing the problem themselves. Obese women may also be at a greater risk, as well as women of Mediterranean, sub-continental Asian, Jewish or Eastern European ancestry. Women who are concerned about unwanted facial hair growth should talk to a skincare professional or dermatologist to learn more about their own risk factors. This is the best resource for information regarding the cause of excessive hair growth, as well as possible treatments.

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