When clients come into PEACH CLINICS, they sometimes say, “You’ll never guess where I have hair growing”. Well, there’s almost nowhere that would surprise us, but one of the least talked about areas where hair grows is around the nipple, actually around the areola, to be precise.
Not many women will share the fact that they have nipple-hair and it’s rarely something you read about in the mainstream media.
But hairs, random or otherwise, around the areola or 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 a nipple or breast is completely natural.
Nipple-hair can vary in size and texture from small downy hairs to long, wiry hairs. And the hair may be completely different in nature and colour from any other body hair you have.
Like most of our body hair, nipple-hair is probably a hangover from times when it was useful to have hair to keep warm and hair helped regulate body temperature. So, don’t feel like it’s something to be embarrassed about.
Why do we have nipple-hair?
Excessive hair growth anywhere on your body can be because of hormonal changes, such as pregnancy, puberty or menopause. Women often report that they first notice nipple-hair when they start taking oral contraceptives.
What causes nipple-hair growth?
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 include Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). Nipple-hair growth can be a sign of PCOS where there are elevated levels of testosterone in your body. 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.
If you are bothered by hair on your nipples, think very carefully about which hair removal method to use.
How do you get rid of nipple-hair?
Hair removal creams? The skin around the nipple and on your breast is very sensitive and application of a chemical here can be very painful and lead to irritation. Waxing? The same can be said for waxing and both methods need to be repeated time after 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 and its mode of operation requires a bigger area than a single hair to be exposed to the light source.
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…
How can you permanently get rid of nipple-hair?
Galvanic electrolysis is the only truly permanent method to get rid of nipple-hair. At PEACH CLINICS we have a lot of experience in breast hair removal. Our clients are very impressed with the permanent hair removal results achieved at PEACH CLINICS.
So, don’t be embarrassed. Come in and see us at PEACH CLINICS. Call (02) 8239 9300 for a discreet and confidential discussion about these annoying hairs.