During our teenage years, most of us struggled and fussed with the rapid amount of hair growth on our faces and bodies. We all knew it was coming for us -the humiliation of wearing gym shorts and short-sleeve t-shirts. The more hair grew, the more we fought with our parents to shave it off, and the more they resisted the monumental step in letting us cut away from our identities.
Hirsutism is excessive hair growth in certain areas of the body. It's a problem that mainly affects women. It's often a long-term problem, but there are a number of treatments that can help keep it under control.
Skip navigation! Story from Hot Fuzz. Jacqueline Kilikita.
W omen like me have been keeping a secret. The removal of facial hair is just as paradoxical — the pressure to do it is recognized by many women as a stupid social norm and yet they strictly follow it. Because these little whiskers represent the most basic rules of the patriarchy — to ignore them is to jeopardize your reputation, even your dignity.
My name is Anna, and I am a hair-removal addict. I've been plucking, waxing, threading, epilating and lasering virtually every part of myself ever since I was a monobrowed year-old. Both my parents are Greek which means I was lucky enough to inherit a hirsute body that constantly sprouts thick, coarse black hair everywhere - including my stomach, chin, nostrils and back.
At least five members of the family of Petrus Gonzales, who lived at the French court and then at various Italian courts in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, were afflicted with a genetic abnormality that causes the body to be covered with hair. Physicians and scientists studied the hairy Gonzales children and their hairy father, and artists painted their portraits. To a very few, they were simply humans with unwanted hair.
Some men may have hairy backs. Women can sometimes have hairy backs, too. Common beauty or fashion standards may make people feel like having a hairy back is undesirable or unattractive.
We all have a little peach fuzz here and there on our faces. But excess hair, especially when it's darker, can pose for concern with hormone imbalance. The Cut tells us what it really means and when we should actually be concerned.