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What is hirsutism?

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It's a condition that women get. You have a lot of hair growing in places where it normally does for men, like your upper lip, chin, chest, stomach, or back. The hair is often dark and coarse, instead of the light, fine “peach fuzz” that covers most of the body.

Hirsutism often caused by genes, hormones, or medication.

From: Hirsutism WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Hirsutism.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Hormones and the Skin.”

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: “Removing Hair Safely.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on September 10, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Hirsutism.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Hormones and the Skin.”

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: “Removing Hair Safely.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on September 10, 2018

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