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What causes unwanted hair growth in men?

What causes unwanted hair growth in men?

Hair tends to grow “progressively” as one ages. It is our hormones and our genetic makeup that dictate the patterns of hair growth in most of us. Testosterone is the most potent of the male hormones. Testosterone stimulates hair growth on the face and body. Generally, the more testosterone, the faster and coarser body and facial and body hair will grow.

Beginning at puberty, and often accelerating during the 20’s, total body hair increases. The changing pattern of hair growth on the shoulders and back can be disconcerting to many males. Normal levels of testosterone vary wildly for men, and so a visit to the doctor will, no doubt, prove unenlightening.

A medical solution is not in the cards. Few men would prefer to use estrogens as a means to medicte their hair growth, as it may have negative effects on libido. The exception is males who are in gender transition. They will generally be taking female hormones to feminize their bodies. Estrogens and testosterone blockers are the only option for slowing hair growth in men.

The hair patterns men develop can usually be attributed to heredity. Even though often only one male in a family exhibits excessive hair growth, the offending gene may be found on the maternal side, or it may have skipped a generation.

Men who use body-building steroids should not be surprised to see their hair, especially back hair, increase. Men can develop coarse nose and ear hairs, eyebrows become bushier, and the greatest injustice of all, the hairline recedes.

All of these areas can be dealt with with laser or electrolysis. The most commonly treated area is the back. It needs to receive an individual assessment to try to determine whether or not it has finished growing before an estimate can be given. If a subject presents with a terminal type growth that encompasses the entire back and shoulders then the area is probably mature.  Some males grow back hair well into their fifties or sixties.  Some don’t even begin until their fifties.