I remember when I first noticed it. I was going through my skin-care routine, when one stray but surprisingly long chin hair caught my attention. After doing some digging, I learned what the elusive culprit typically is: always mysterious hormones surprise! Since these guys are extremely complex and differ for everyone, not everyone will have the same chin hair woes.
Hirsutism HUR-soot-iz-um is a condition of unwanted, male-pattern hair growth in women. Hirsutism results in excessive amounts of dark, course hair on body areas where men typically grow hair — face, chest and back. The amount of body hair you have is largely determined by your genetic makeup. There's a wide range of normal hair distribution, thickness and color due to differences in heredity. However, hirsutism is a medical condition that can arise from excess male hormones called androgens, primarily testosterone. It can also be due to a family trait.
The discovery of the odd hair on your chin is perfectly normal and usually not a cause for concern. Shifting hormones, aging, and even genetics could be behind a few chin hairs that stand out. Excess coarse facial hair in women could be a sign of a medical condition that requires treatments.
All women have body hair, but it may be more noticeable in some than in others and include growth on the face. Hirsutism in women is when this hair growth becomes excessive. Treatment for hirsutism in women begins by doctors determining if the hair growth is due to an underlying condition or other reasons. In all cases, some women may find it helpful to use shaving, tweezing, waxing, and hair removal creams.