- Normal physiological changes
- Malfunction of the endocrine system
- Topical influences
Heredity, as a cause of excess hair must be approached from three different levels:
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
- 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
- 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.