In many cultures, facial and body hair in men, especially in the arms and chest, is seen as attractive. But in most instances, the presence of back hair is perceived as something unsightly.
Why do some men have unwanted hair in their bodies?
The biology of body hair
Hair growth, especially in men, is progressive. This means that when you are a young child, you do not have most of the traits of your gender. For young males, one example of this is the absence of facial and body hair. But upon reaching puberty, your body begins to produce hormones which bring about noticeable changes.
In men, testosterone is a crucial hormone that significantly affects changes in a young male’s body. Testosterone facilitates the changes that make men, well, men. For a man, the period between his puberty and 20s signals the emergence of drastic changes in his body, including new patterns of body hair growth.
Why you have excessive hair on your body
One reason why some men have excessive hair growth, especially in unwanted areas like the back, is that it is caused by the condition known as hypertrichosis.
Hypertrichosis is a genetic condition that causes men to have abnormal hair growth. Men with hypertrichosis have hair follicles that are either distributed abnormally throughout their bodies or react differently to normal levels of testosterone. But apart from abnormal hair growth, hypertrichosis has not been associated with other medical issues.
Another reason why you might have excessive hair growth in your body is a condition known as hirsutism. Hirsutism occurs when a person has an excessive amount of androgen, a hormone responsible for primary and secondary sexual characteristics. Due to the elevated amount of these hormones, the hair follicles overproduce hair. But apart from excessive hair growth, hirsutism is often a sign of a more significant medical issue.
What can you do about your excess hair?
The first thing that you need to do is to consult a medical professional in order to rule out any adverse medical conditions that you may have. Once a doctor has cleared you of any harmful condition associated with excessive hair growth, there are a few options that you can explore.
Quite simply, you can just keep the excess hair, especially if it is not bothering you. But if your confidence is taking a massive hit, or if the excess hair is causing discomfort by increasing body heat, especially during the summer, there are a few hair removal options you can explore, each with its pros and cons. These options include shaving, using hair removal products, waxing, laser, and electrolysis.
Why choose electrolysis?
Except for laser hair removal and electrolysis, most hair removal methods only work for a limited time. This simply means that you need to have your excess hair removed once again after some time has elapsed.
Electrolysis is the only hair removal method recognized by the American Food and Drug Administration or FDA as the only permanent hair removal method.
But how permanent are the results? In order to better answer that question, it is crucial to get some insight into how electrolysis works.
In this hair removal method, individual follicles are disabled, preventing these from growing hair permanently. However, hair can still grow in the area that has been treated because follicles can still be reactivated, or new follicles can be activated.
But compared to other options available for hair removal, electrolysis is peerless in terms of long-term and permanent hair removal.
Apart from this, electrolysis offers a few key advantages. For one, it works on all hair types, unlike laser hair removal, which can only work on certain types of skin and hair.
Electrolysis can zero in on individual hair follicles, trumping laser hair removal in terms of precision. It can even be used for removing hair from moles or parts of the body which have tattoos.
The technology behind electrolysis has been around for decades, and studies indicate that there are no long-term adverse side effects, making it one of the safest choices for hair removal.
Excess hair growth in men is nothing to be ashamed of and should not be frowned upon. But if you feel that removing unwanted hair on your body can boost your confidence or even improve your comfort, there are several reasons why you should consider undergoing electrolysis.
Mariela Marcantetti is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Furless with centers in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The company offers the latest and only FDA-confirmed treatment to provide permanent removal results to unwanted hair. Mariela is deeply committed to responsible corporate practices and has an active role in her staff’s professional and personal advancement within the electrolysis field and beyond.