Your body can react to changes in odd ways, and excessive, sudden hair growth is one common effect you might see. Treating the condition involves a combination of treating the underlying cause and using good hair removal methods, such as laser hair removal.
For many women, hormonal and glandular issues are the reason behind a sudden increase in body or facial hair. These conditions range from polycystic ovary syndrome, in which the ovaries develop benign cysts that interfere with hormonal production, to adrenal tumors or other syndromes that throw hormones out of whack. Tumors can increase the production of male hormones in women, and the imbalance between testosterone and estrogen encourages darker, coarser hair to form.
Occasionally, excess hair may be put down to idiopathic hirsutism, a diagnosis which essentially means a doctor cannot pinpoint the cause of your hair growth – there are no tumors, cysts, or hormone imbalances to speak of. It’s possible that you’re simply more sensitive to the hormones you produce. Another possible medical cause is acquired hypertrichosis lanuginosa. This rare growth of fine hair often occurs in reaction to eating disorders, cancer, or certain medications.
Speaking of medication use, if you use medicines designed to battle hair loss on your head, you could see a slight but noticeable increase in body hair as a result. The same applies if you are prescribed male hormone-based medications.
The Razor Effect
This reason is probably the most desirable because it’s totally treatable: you’ve switched your normal at-home hair removal method from something like waxing to shaving. Shaving hair at an angle creates a point at the end of the hair shaft. When the hair grows out, it and all the hairs around it form a sharp, stubbly field that makes you think you’re growing coarser hair. You’re not: it’s all a matter of perception.
Treating the razor effect is simple: switch to a non-shaving form of hair removal like laser hair removal. For growth caused by certain medications or medical conditions, treating the underlying condition should stop more hair from growing. But for removing the existing hair that’s already turned dark and coarse, laser hair removal is the perfect treatment.