4 Common Causes Of Unwanted Hair Growth

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It can be unnerving to see hair growth where you want to see it the least. For many of us seeing new hairs, especially thick, dark ones can lead to a ‘huh’ moment followed by a momentary wonder of ‘What am I going to do about it?’ While some of the causes of unwanted hair growth are commonly known there are a few that are not so popular. Here is a quick list to help you get the facts.

Hormonal Changes– Puberty, pregnancy and menopause can cause all kinds of hormonal changes often times leading to hair growth. While a menopausal woman may frown at those thick chin hairs that popped out overnight, a teenage boy will most probably show off his very first chin hair for the world to see. While these are examples of normal hair growth through hormonal changes there are also some that are caused by an imbalance of hormones which can cause a large amount of hairs to grown in a small area. If you experience this then be sure to see an endocrinologist to get tested. The right medications can help to reduce the hairs.

Hereditary– Another one of the leading causes of hair growth is DNA. If you come from an ethnic background where the people are known to have a lot of hair then you have a good chance of following suit. People from Italian, Greek, Indian, Spanish and Middle Eastern backgrounds often times fit into this group although there are always exceptions to the rules.

Medications– If you read the small print about the meds that you take you may be surprised to learn that the pills can cause you to grow out new hairs. While the list of medications that can cause hair growth is substantial a few of the more popular ones include Prozac, Provera, Rivotril and Nizoral.

Hair Removal– Shaving, threading, tweezing, electrolysis and even laser can all cause hair growth.

  1. If your electrologist does not treat the hairs properly or continuously pulls the hairs out then the hairs can grow in thicker, stronger and more plentiful. Make sure to go to a professional to get the best possible results.
  2. In the case of laser, if you do laser on an area that you shouldn’t then you can grow out thick, dark hairs that you never had before (find out what makes a good candidate for laser hair removal to not fall into this category). If this has happened to you then you can do electrolysis to get rid of the hairs permanently.
  3. Threading, tweezing and any other form of hair removal where you yank the hairs out of the root can cause unwanted hair growth. When you pull out the hairs, your body sends a flow of blood to the root to nourish and strengthen the hairs. The more you pull, the more your body fights back and over time the hairs can thicken.

It’s important to remember that hair growth is very natural and not something that you should be ashamed of at any time. If you do feel uncomfortable about your hairs however, be sure to discuss your hair removal options  with a specialist.

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