Excess Facial Hair

Excess Facial Hair

Excess facial hair is due to the increase of androgen levels in the body. This condition is known as hirsutism. This can be hereditary or caused by certain medications and hormonal imbalance. If basic home-made remedies do not work to control this condition, medicines and other procedures are available.

  • Affects approximately 10% of women between 18 and 35
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All women have light-colored hair on their body and faces. But when it grows thick, it becomes a concern for many. In medical terms, this condition is known as hirsutism. Women with dark hair or pigmentation may have excess hair growth than normal. Whereas, women with blonde hair and lighter pigmentation may have less hair on their faces.

Globally, around 40% of women are affected by the unwanted facial hair. This common condition can be harmful when it comes to the confidence of a woman. It can go beyond embarrassment and hit them psychologically.

A lot of women will attempt to disguise their facial hair to the point where friends and partners would not even be aware of the condition. Threading and waxing are immediate solutions but painful, leaving women with no choice but to go for them. There are a number of other effective treatments available which can deal with this condition quickly.

To learn more about excess facial hair, see the comprehensive patient information leaflet


There are multiple factors which can be linked to causing unwanted facial hair. The main reason is usually related to a serious underlying illness but other factors need to be considered as well. The three main causes of unwanted facial hair include:


This is a very common cause of unwanted facial hair and is passed down in your family genes. It could be related to your ethnic background – for example, those who come from darker skinned families are a lot more likely to have darker and thicker hair; so any hair which appears in unwanted places would be much more visible.

Hormone Imbalance

All women produce some hormones identical to male hormones such as testosterone. It is the most well-known hormone belonging to the group androgens. Unwanted facial hair can sometimes be a result of a male hormone being produced at a too high rate. A sudden increase in male hormones can be caused by several different medical conditions, such as cancer, obesity, menopause, polycystic ovarian syndrome, etc.

One of the main causes of the increased levels of testosterone in premenopausal females is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). This is a condition which causes cysts to grow around the edge of the ovaries. The side effects of this condition include excess hair growth, weight gain, irregular periods, and acne.


Some medication prescribed by your doctor can have androgenic effects. Steroids (anabolic and also those used to treat asthma or allergies), as well as intra-uterine devices commonly used as forms of contraception, can be known to cause excess facial hair. Various drugs used by those suffering from epilepsy also share the same effect. Some high blood pressure medicines, such as minoxidil, can also cause excess facial hair.

Types Of Treatment

The process towards treating unwanted facial hair can be tricky and may require several attempts with different types of methods. Sometimes a combination of methods may also be attempted. There isn’t really a quick, time-efficient approach towards treatment. However, we offer effective prescription medication which has proved effective. There are a number of different types of treatment you can opt. Some of these include:


The obvious, initial approach that most women will go for is to cover or remove the hair by either bleaching, shaving, plucking, or waxing. However, this is by no means a permanent method of treatment and can, in fact, cause the affected area to regrow hair much thicker than before. A more permanent approach would be to undergo laser treatment or electrolysis. Both can treat different types of cases most proficiently. Laser treatment will be far more effective when used on the darker hair on pale patches of skin. Electrolysis is effective on any type of hair and skin but can only treat very small areas at a time and can cause permanent scarring if administered incorrectly.

Hormone Management

If you’re overweight, your doctor will ask you to try and reduce your weight as a method to reduce your hair growth. Obesity can affect the way in which your body produces and processes hormones. It is possible that this could be causing your unwanted hair growth. Gaining then maintaining a healthy weight may stabilize your androgen levels without the use of any medication.


There are a plenty of different medications that can help decrease the effect of male hormones within the body. Of these treatments, only a few have been licensed to treat cases of hair loss and they do so in a completely safe & proficient way. One of these medicines is Vaniqa. It gets to work by blocking the enzyme ornithine decarboxylase which is partly responsible for the production of the hair shaft. You can order Vaniqa through our service.

Psychological issues such as depression or worry which arise from the suffering of this condition can be effectively treated. You should seek advice from your GP immediately if this is the case.

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Questions & Answers

At what point should I visit my doctor about facial hair growth?

Three symptoms of unwanted facial hair growth should not be avoided. 1. If your facial hair suddenly increases. 2. If your periods become irregular. And 3. If your voice becomes deeper. See a doctor immediately.

How long does it take to see effects from a facial hair treatment?

You will start to see noticeable benefits roughly 3-6 months after beginning treatment. You will often have to continually administer the medication to remain effective.

Can males be affected with this condition?

This medical condition is more often seen in women but can still occur in males, though far less common.

What are the main symptoms?

Women suffering from this condition can have thick, dark hair on their faces which grow unexpectedly. Other symptoms may include: acne, deepening of the voice, irregular menstrual periods, decreased breast size, and increased muscle mass.

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