Hirsutism is a condition that causes excess hair to grow on certain parts of the body and mainly affects women. This excess hair growth usually occurs on the face, abdomen, back, inner thighs and buttocks, and it is caused by the excess production of male hormones called androgens.
Hirsutism can run in families and affects nearly 10% of women at some point during their lives. That’s why our dermatologists begin by focusing on what’s causing this condition first and then discussing your options for controlling this unwanted hair growth.
The most common signs of hirsutism include:
Additional symptoms may include:
Since many of the signs and symptoms of hirsutism can look like other health conditions, please see one of our dermatologists to ensure a correct diagnosis.
This condition is most commonly caused by Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) – the most common cause of hirsutism in women.
Some of the other causes of Hirsutism include:
The treatment of this condition most often depends on an individual’s personal preference. The various methods for reducing and removing this unwanted hair include: