What Your Body Hairs Tell About You
Body hair is normal, and it exists for a specific purpose: to regulate our body temperature. But what if you have too much of it? – in your most undesired areas.
Most of us tend to remove our unwanted hairs through the use of long-established methods: shaving, waxing, and plucking. We want to maintain a good physique and flawless skin so as hard as we can; we remove those unnecessary hairs away.
But have you ever wondered why some people are hairy, and others are not? Why can other men grow a beard while you cannot? And why other girls have smooth and hair-free bodies whereas you don't have?
Your hair wants to tell you something. It's for you to find out.
What causes excessive hair growth?
There are certain reasons why you're getting too much of the average hair growth. Most often, it is an issue for women because it is not common to them. Men tend to be hairier than women. So, if a woman gets too hairy, expect that she might freak out.
Here's what your hair reveals about you:
If you are experiencing a sudden increase in your hair growth rate, your hormones might be out of balance. Specifically, there may be an overproduction of male hormones called androgen – hormones that are naturally present in both men and women but in different amount. This results in excessive growth of male-patterned hair in women. The condition is called Hirsutism.
Hirsutism that is accompanied by irregular periods is most likely to be a systemic problem. The most leading cause of this condition is PCOS. It is when you have enlarged ovary which contains small collections of fluid called follicles. It is common among women in their reproductive age. Women with PCOS have excess male hormone levels. In that case, the hair growth rate may increase.
If you have a tumor, it may release high levels of male hormones. It can change the hormone profile in your body that can result in rapid and excessive hair growth. However, it is necessary to have your self checked before jumping into the conclusion that you have a tumor.
It runs in your blood, and you can't choose your own genes. For example, if your mother grows excessive hair on her legs, chances are you will also have the same trait.
Excessive hair growth, however, can be dealt with various hair removal methods.
How to deal with unwanted body hairs?
When it comes to hair removal, the first thing that pops in our mind is 'razor.' Razors have brought manufacturers lots of profit because people spend thousands of dollars a year to shave their unwanted hairs.
However, shaving only promotes short-term effects. Hairs re-grow even worse after several days. It can be annoying sometimes – the itch, ingrown hairs, and everything in between.
But through the help of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) hair removal, you will never have to tolerate the minimal benefits of shaving. IPL can give you long-lasting hair results right after a few treatment sessions. It will take years for hair to grow back. One good thing is that when the hair re-grows, it is finer compared to its previous condition.
Just to clarify, IPL is not a laser. Though they share some similarities, there are still significant differences in terms of the process. IPL uses a broad-spectrum source of light at multiple wavelengths that target larger areas while laser only focuses on one single wavelength. And since IPL can cover a more extensive treatment area, the treatment sessions can be quicker and much cheaper.
IPL can also be done at home. There are many FDA-approved and cleared IPL hair removal devices that are safe for home use. It is very convenient, isn't it?
If you are tired with the same old shaving routine, you can consider IPL hair removal as your doorstep to the smooth and hair-free body you're always dreaming of.
- Princess Marasigan