When clients come into PEACH CLINICS, they often say, “You’ll never guess where I have hair growing”. Well, in all honesty, there’s almost nowhere that would surprise us. However, one of the least talked about areas where hair often grows, is around the nipple - actually around the 'areola' to be precise. This is commonly known as nipple hair.

Not many women will share the fact that they have nipple hair. It’s rarely something you will read about in the mainstream media.

However, hairs random or otherwise around the areola and on the breast itself are more common than you might think. Just like other skin surfaces on the body, the breast contains hair follicles. So, hair on the nipple or breast is completely natural.

Nipple hair can vary in size and texture. From small, downy hairs too long, wiry hairs. Interestingly, the hair may be completely different in nature and colour from any other body hair you have.

Why do we have nipple-hair?

Like most of our body hair, hair on the nipple is most likely a leftover from a time when it was most useful to have hair on our bodies to keep warm. Hair once used to helped regulate body temperature. So, don’t feel embarrassed. It's all a part of our genetics and our ancestry.

What causes nipple-hair growth?

Excessive hair growth anywhere on your body can be due to hormonal changes. Such as pregnancy, puberty or menopause. Women often report that they first notice 'nipple-hair' when they start taking oral contraceptives.

Other medication, such as glucocorticosteroids or immunosuppressants, can also cause excessive hair growth in unwanted places on your body. Other causes of excessive nipple-hair growth can include Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). Nipple hair growth can be a sign of PCOS. This is where your body has elevated levels of testosterone. This can cause excessive hair growth in areas usually associated with male hair growth patterns (chin, breasts, stomach, thighs). PCOS is a very common condition, affecting almost 1 in 10 women across the world. Ask your doctor for a blood test if you think this affects you.

How do you get rid of nipple hair?

If hair on your nipples bothers you, think very carefully about which hair removal method you are about to choose.

So, what about hair removal creams? The skin around the nipple and on your breast is very sensitive so application of chemicals here can be very painful and lead to irritation. Waxing? You can say the same for waxing as for hair creams: both methods need application time after time.

Shaving around the nipple, especially if you are breastfeeding, can lead to open cuts susceptible to infection. Plucking hairs here can also cause irritated hair follicles which can be very uncomfortable.

Laser hair removal can cause hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation (skin discolouration) on delicate breast tissue. It's mode of operation requires a relatively large area to be exposed to the light source compared to the individual hairs treated by PEACH CLINICS.

How can you permanently get rid of nipple-hair?

Let’s face it. Any hair removal on the breast is going to be painful. Consider if you want to do it once or every month for the rest of your life...

Galvanic electrolysis is the only truly permanent method to get rid of nipple hair. Here at PEACH CLINICS we have a lot of experience in breast hair removal and our clients are very impressed with the results we achieve.

So, don't be embarrassed, simply come in and see us at PEACH CLINICS. Call (02) 8877 0000 for a discreet and confidential discussion about these annoying hairs.