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I know most women probably get the occasional dreaded chin whisker every so often, but in the past year I've noticed that I have a few that are very persistent and the peach fuzz along my neck under my chin has started darkening a little. I'm fair skinned with light brown hair, so I'm wondering if my hormones might be to blame?
Increased hair growth or hair changes can be genetic, a side effect of medication but most likely it is a result of hormonal changes. Androgens, such as testosterone, are the trigger for increased hair growth. While some level of androgens is normal in all women, an imbalance could lead you to have elevated androgens and therefore increased hair growth. Increased hair growth can also be a symptom of a condition called polycystic ovarian syndrome and it would be worth consulting your primary care physician to discuss it further.