It is not about an aesthetic problem but about the probability of suffering from a condition without knowing it. Excess hair can grow on the arms, face, abdomen, nipple areola, legs, and back . It is also known as hirsutism , a disorder that is characterized by the abnormal development of hair in areas of the skin where there is generally no hair and in most cases it usually affects a large number of women.

Causes of excessive hair on the skin

Excessive hair growth is related to the appearance of acne or baldness and can appear mild, although in some cases it can be exhibited as a serious disorder. Hirsutism can be hereditary, especially among families of Mediterranean origin, for this reason it is important to know the causes of excessive hair in women to treat it in time and prevent it from becoming a major problem.


Testosterone turns out to be one of the main causes why a woman grows abundant hair in unwanted areas. Testosterone is a hormone that when produced in excess, causes hair growth abnormally and in a short period of time. This disorder can also be due to excess androgen production, low gland binding, and a disturbance in the perception of body image.

Medical conditions

Excessive body hair may be related to polycystic ovary syndrome , an endocrine disease of the reproductive system that occurs only in women of reproductive age. Among the most common symptoms that occur are irregular menstruation, weight gain, acne, and hair growth on the face or other areas.

Hormonal imbalance

The hormonal imbalance may be one reason why hair grows frequently in the body and as a result may encounter the following disorders of the adrenal glands: Cushing ‘s disease by high levels of cortisol (hormone stress), adrenal tumors , adrenal cancer and congenital adrenal hyperplasia. The adrenal glands are located above the kidneys and are responsible for producing hormones, so women with hirsutism are born without an enzyme necessary for the production of hormones.

Other causes

The excessive hair growth in women in many cases may be due to genetic makeup, which completely rule out a hormonal imbalance. Because there are various causes of this aesthetic problem, it is important to determine the reason for the undesirable hair growth before intervening or removing it forever.

Natural treatments for unwanted hair

There are many treatments and natural remedies to remove unwanted hair , below we share some of the most effective methods.

Remove excess hair with papaya

The papaya can become a great ally to combat hair on the skin because it has the ability to break the hair follicle and hinder the growth of the same in the body. It is also ideal for sensitive and dry skin, for its preparation the following ingredients are needed:

  • Two tablespoons of raw papaya made into paste
  • Half a teaspoon of turmeric powder.


Place the papaya in a container until it becomes a paste, then add the turmeric and both ingredients should be well dissolved. When the product is ready, gently massage the affected part for approximately 15 minutes, after which time it is rinsed with warm water and that’s it. It is recommended to perform the procedure twice a week until you notice the results.

Remove excess hair with chickpea flour

This natural ingredient has been used for years especially to remove and prevent excessive hair in women . In some cases it is mixed with turmeric, milk or water to apply it on the face, hands and legs. This is how you can keep your skin clean, smooth and hair-free. To be benefited by chickpea flour, the following ingredients are required:

  • ½ bowl of chickpea flour
  • ½ bowl of milk
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon of natural yogurt (do not use if the skin is oily)


First, the chickpea flour must be placed in a container, then the turmeric, milk and yogurt are incorporated, and they are mixed perfectly until a homogeneous paste is obtained. Next, apply a little paste on the hair growth area and let it act for half an hour. After the time the product is rubbed gently with the hand in the opposite direction where the unwanted hair grows.

If the paste is too dry, the right thing to do is wet your fingers with a little water to continue rubbing. Finally the affected area is rinsed as usual and with this you will see results in a short period of time. This method can be used two or three times a week for immediate results. With these tips and recipes, excess hair on women will not be a problem.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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