Many years ago I removed my chin hair with electrolysis, which is a process that burns hair to permanently remove it. The reason I had to go through with this was because I would pluck them and they'd grow out in just a few days.
Needless to say, I was very embarrassed by it. You can cover most parts of your body, but covering your face just isn't an option.
Everyone has facial hair, some more than others, but I rarely met anyone with thick, dark hairs jutting from their chin.
When my 20-year-old daughter pointed out her dark chin hairs last week, I started to get concerned.
Are chin hairs normal? Are they healthy? There were tons of questions I was asking myself, and I've finally come to the bottom of it.
Those unattractive whiskers are more common than I had thought. Here are the 10 reasons why many women have them:
1. Unbalanced Hormones
Our hormones affect every aspect of our health - from our mood to the healthiness of our skin.
When there's a build up of male sex hormones (androgens) in our bodies, those thick whiskers start to grow on our chins.
If your chin is covered with these unwanted hairs, you may be suffering from a disorder known as hirsutism, which is caused by a massive influx of male hormones. You'll also notice other symptoms like balding, breast size reduction, and a deepening of the voice.
The places you don't want hair to thin and fall out do, and the places you want to be hair-free will eventually be covered with hair. That's annoying, right?
This usually happens after menopause, and is linked to hormone imbalance, as mentioned above.
When your hormones start to balance, you'll notice these chin hairs growing slower, and eventually they won't grow at all.
These next causes of chin hair are quite serious, and you'll definitely want to talk to your doctor...