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Causes of Unwanted Hair

Genetics and other issues affect hair growth

  • Heredity
  • Normal physiological changes
  • Malfunction of the endocrine system
  • Medication
  • Topical influences
  • Stress

Heredity, as a cause of excess hair must be approached from three different levels:

  • Race
  • Nationality
  • Family

People belonging to the Caucasian race tend to be the most hairy. Those of the Negroid race follow and the Mongolian race is the least hairy. If your ancestors lived along the Mediterranean Sea, your chances of having excess hair are greater. Italians, Greeks, Spanish and French all fall into this category as well as many others.

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It is a known factor that if your mother and grandmother had facial hair, your chances for having the same condition are greater than if they did not.

Puberty, pregnancy and menopause can cause excess hair growth. During the normal systemic changes of a woman’s life, hormone production varies. It is not uncommon for hormones during these times to be unbalanced. Increased male hormones (androgens) can be present which may result in unwanted hair growth.

Malfunctions of the endocrine glands can trigger the appearance of excess hair. Some diseases of the thyroid gland, ovaries, pituitary gland and adrenal gland are known to stimulate hair growth.

Cushing’s disease, polycystic ovary syndrome and thyroid conditions are just a few of the medical causes of excess hair growth. These pathological disorders must be treated by a physician in order for electrolysis to be effective.

Medications are another known factor influencing the production of unwanted hair. Some common culprits include:

  • Birth control pills
  • Cortisone
  • Some seizure drugs
  • High blood pressure medication

Topical influences may also play a part in increased hair growth. These are external influences on the body that can cause an increase in blood supply to the skin and hair follicles. Included in this category are:

  • The abrasive action of casts
  • Sunburn
  • Scars from injuries
  • Prolonged tweezing and/or waxing

Stress (both emotional and physical) can stimulate the adrenal glands to initiate a hormonal reaction that can cause fine, soft body hair to become more coarse and noticeable. It has been proven that emotional disturbances can cause menstrual irregularities which, in turn, can also affect excess hair growth.

Regardless of the cause of your specific unwanted hair, electrolysis can safely and permanently eliminate it for you without the risk or frustration of temporary solutions such as laser hair removal, waxing and the many other solutions that are not recognized by the American Medical Association or approved by the FDA for permanent hair removal.


Thank You!

Shyanne at Eastside Electrology has changed my life! I have dealt with unwanted facial hair for over a decade. I’ve spent many years tweezing, waxing, bleaching, shaving and laser hair removal. All of these methods were just a temporary fix and have left scares on my face and chin. My last hope was trying Electrolysis. […]

Becca H

I was amazed

Tangee, I cannot thank  you enough for the work you have done on my face. When I came to you my “beard” was so bad I was plucking every single day. The first thing you did was educate me about the myth of shaving and make me stop tweezing immediately! I had no idea I […]

Harmony C.

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Hi Tangee, I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful way you treated Me at My appointment on the 18th. You made Me feel very comfortable and the Work you are doing for Me is another step toward a dream I have had for about 66 years.I don’t know how often I will be […]


I got more results

I had been receiving Electrolysis for many years with very little results.  In my case, I have sensitive skin so a normal setting for me was really considered too hot, which would leave my skin a bit red and at times damaged.  When I met Tangee, I knew she would be my last hope for […]


I have beautiful eyebrows

I am so elated, excited, over the top jazzed and so grateful.  I just went to the mall to get some smell good (body spray) and the lady who helped me, after talking for about ten minutes, looked at my eyes and said, “What beautiful eyebrows you have.”  Totally unsolicited, asked for, or even hinted […]

Vikki R

Thrilled with electrolysis treatments

After nearly a year of electrolysis treatments with Tangee, I can honestly say I am thrilled with the results.  It is not the most pleasant experience, but Tangee has made it so rewarding.  My only regret is waiting so long in going to her.

Jeannette, Portland, OR

I highly recommend Eastside Electrology

Being new to electrolysis, I had no idea what to expect as far as the process or the results, I am so happy to say it has been an all around great experience!  Not only has Tangee been successful with removing my in-all-the-wrong-places embarrassing hair, but she also made it a very comfortable and pleasant […]

Laura, Portland, OR