What Is Hypertrichosis?
As a whole, society is particularly focused on the maintenance of body hair; however, individuals with hypertrichosis are often faced with an even greater responsibility for care and maintenance. Hypertrichosis is a condition that encompasses abnormal hair growth compared to one’s age, sex, race or particular body part. While the condition may seem like a natural oddity to some, hypertrichosis is actually a medical condition that can be addressed as such.
Hypertrichosis can be categorized into two types: congenital and acquired. Congenital hypertrichosis is caused by genetic mutation apparent from birth and is considered rarer than acquired hypertrichosis. Acquired hypertrichosis is hypertrichosis that appears after birth and is considered a result of drugs, cancer and eating disorders.
The primary symptom of either type of hypertrichosis is excessive hair growth; however, this hair may appear in different locations and in different patterns. Congenital hypertrichosis generally causes excessive hair growth in males in the upper body including the face while it affects hair distribution in women. Acquired hypertrichosis involves the rapid growth of facial, armpit and trunk hair. Acquired hypertrichosis may also affect the upper lip, forearms, cheeks, legs and chin. It generally presents as an increase in both hair density and length.
Natural Body Hair Removal and Treatments for Hypertrichosis
Many natural hair removal and hypertrichosis treatment options are available. Alum and rose water applied to the skin topically after shaving diminishes the appearance and growth of excess hair. Additional options include blackstrap molasses taken orally, using an epilator for hair removal and honey and lemon applied to the face. Mint tea also contributes to regulating hair growth. Cocoa butter, calomel and Epsom salts mixed together and massaged into the skin can be used as a natural body hair removal option.