Lipstick is a must for Annalisa Hackleman. That being seen with facial hair equates to looking good would be inconceivable to many women. But not to Hackleman. Not anymore. It ended up being a complete blast.
Female facial hair: if so many women have it, why are we so deeply ashamed?
Women With PCOS Explain Why They Celebrate Their Facial Hair | Allure
Women with visible facial hair have often been treated like sideshow attractions, attracting curiosity and ridicule even when not performing in an actual 19th-century carnival. But facial hair, like all body hair, is completely natural. Some women simply have more of it than others, whether they're trans or dealing with a hormonal health condition like polycystic ovary syndrome PCOS. Hirsutism, in which lots of hair grows where it otherwise might not, is one of PCOS's most common symptoms. And while beauty standards have traditionally dictated that women's faces should be hairless to be attractive, many women are now actively embracing their beards and mustaches as part of their identities. Model and activist Harnaam Kaur, who holds a Guinness World Record as the youngest woman to grow a full beard , is a pioneer in this movement, sending out frequent messages of body positivity to her ,00 Instagram followers. She's not the only one using her platform to educate the world about hirsutism and fight the stigma that surrounds it.
Facial hair is an issue that many women prefer to keep quiet, with furtive trips to the beauty salon or secret bleaching sessions at home. While all women have fine, light hair covering their faces and bodies, for some women this hair can be thicker, coarser and more visible — but why? We spoke to dermatologist Dr Stefanie Williams at the launch of the new Philips Lumea , where she told us that there are a variety of factors behind female facial hair. Shaving, waxing and threading are relatively cheap and quick ways to remove the hair, although of course, they require regular maintenance.
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