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Why You Shouldn’t Be Worried About A Few Chin Hairs As You Age
Women’s bodies are often politicized, and one of the biggest battlegrounds is a woman’s body hair, which we are often compelled to remove. In our society, it stands to reason that we might feel ashamed when we see chin hairs sprouting up out of nowhere, but chin hairs aren’t a big deal, and are much more normal than you think.
According to Dr. Susan Massick, chin hair is “absolutely normal in everyone,” and occurs naturally as we age. “There is a drop in estrogen produced by ovaries around the time of menopause, which leads to bothersome signs and symptoms,” explains Dr. Lindsay Shirreff, “It’s thought that this is what gives women darker hair on the face.”
There are also hormonal issues underlying the frequency of chin hairs, which can occur at any age, the most common being Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS. In fact, PCOS accounts for 72-82% of all cases of excess facial hair in women; numbers don’t lie, ladies — it’s almost like we’re supposed to have chin hair!