Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) affects 12-21% of women of reproductive age and the figures are even higher for indigenous women. It’s not known what causes PCOS and there is no cure for it, but its symptoms can be alleviated and here, PEACH CLINICS can help.
Both men and women are born with approximately the same number of hair follicles but, at puberty, girls will continue to grow vellus hair (soft light peach fuzz) on their bodies while, in boys, these hairs are triggered by testosterone to turn thick and dark and accelerate their growth as what are called terminal hair.
An excess of androgen in the female body can lead to a hormone imbalance. With PCOS, excess androgen in a woman triggers the same hair growth process as in teenage boys and once these hairs turn terminal they cannot return to their vellus state.
In a world where hair removal and hair styling are such big industries we tend to forget just how little hair we have compared to chimps and other primates. There are many advantages to a fur covered body – just ask your pets! So how did we humans lose our fur?
Actually, humans are not as naked as we think. We have as many hair follicles as chimpanzees but our follicles do not grow thick fur. They mostly grow vellus or peach-fuzz hair. However, all our follicles are capable of growing hair as thick and dark as our luscious manes under the right hormonal conditions. It’s when something causes these conditions that we appear to start growing hair in all the wrong places.
There have been a dozen or more theories on why humans lost their fur but scientists are now beginning to unpick the mystery at a genetic level…
At Peach Clinics we frequently see ingrown hair caused by desperate measures our clients have used to keep unwanted hair at bay.
A healthy hair grows straight out from the follicle. If oil, dead skin cells or even a scar blocks part of the follicle, the hair can bend and begin to grow downward eventually becoming completely trapped underneath the skin.
Ingrown hairs commonly occur where hair is closely shaved, waxed, or frequently plucked. These actions give the hair shaft greater opportunity to become distorted as it attempts to grow especially if it encounters debris left in the follicle by these methods of hair removal. Ingrown hairs are also more common in people with coarse or curly hair.
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 would realise. Just like other skin surfaces on the body, the areola contains hair follicles, so hair on a nipple or breast is completely natural.
If you’re red you’re rare! Red hair is seen on little more than one in every hundred people worldwide so we set out to find out why redheads are special.
On average, adults have 120,000 hairs on their head, but redheads have fewer, blondes have more and brunettes have the most. So why does red hair look so luxurious? It’s because red hair is thicker than any other.
Redheads can age gracefully: their hair becomes sandy-coloured and then goes white. No grey hairs for them!
With electrolysis, the initial upfront investment may be greater, but it pays off as your unwanted hair is gone, forever. Have a look at the graph above which shows you how amazingly cost-effective electrolysis is over time…