Unwanted or excess hair can occur in both men and women.
In women, abnormal amounts of body hair may be a result of a condition called hirsutism. This is caused by high levels of testosterone. Contrary to the fine ‘peach fuzz’ that most women have, this hair is usually thick and dark and can occur on the face, neck, chest, stomach, lower back, buttocks and thighs.
Women with South Asian, Middle Eastern or Mediterranean heritage are more likely to develop this condition.
In men, body hair tends to increase with age. Hormones and genetic makeup dictate how hairy a man will become in his lifetime. As in women, testosterone also contributes to the amount of hair growth on the face and body. Normal testosterone levels for men can vary greatly, resulting in some men becoming much hairier than others.
The presence of excess body hair can lead to low self-esteem and feelings of self-consciousness in both men and women. This is why many people choose to remove any unwanted hair for cosmetic reasons.