Each year, women spend thousands of pounds on hair removal, whether it be shaving products, waxing or laser hair removal; the goal to becoming hair free is costly, frustrating and often painful. So, when body hair suddenly starts to disappear on its own, surely that should be a good thing?
Unfortunately, the sudden loss of body hair can be a sign of something more worrying. There are a number of problems which could contribute to a loss of body hair, some being much more serious than others. These include:
Skin conditions that cause body hair loss
If you suffer from skin conditions such as dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis or keratosis pilaris, they can end up damaging the hair follicles. Once the follicles become damaged, the hair loss experienced could become permanent.
Now, this could be viewed as a good thing in terms of body hair. However, if left untreated, these skin conditions won’t just become really uncomfortable, they could also lead to significant scarring and look a lot worse than the hair itself. So, it is always important to seek diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible.
It’s also worth being aware that the skin conditions themselves could be down to an underlying health issue. So a visit to the doctor is highly recommended to rule out a more serious cause.
Hormonal changes that result in body hair loss
As a woman, you’re probably used to blaming your hormones for a wide range of problems, but in the case of body hair loss you could be absolutely right.
Hormone levels do aid in healthy hair growth. Therefore, if the levels become unbalanced, it can lead to problems with hair loss. A classic example is the changes in the hair experienced during and after pregnancy. Throughout the pregnancy, the hair is thick, healthy and shiny. This is because the hormone changes prevent the hair from falling out as normal. Then, after giving birth, the hormone levels switch once again and the hair that was happily resting, begins to fall out in clumps.
One particular hormone that could be the culprit for your body hair loss is DHEA. Found in the blood, your body produces this hormone during adulthood, but there are several factors which affect exactly how much you produce. These include stress levels, certain medications and the natural ageing process.
If DHEA levels drop too low, it can lead to body hair loss, along with a reduction in your libido.
Autoimmune problems that lead to body hair loss
A variety of autoimmune diseases can lead to the loss of body hair: lupus, underactive thyroid and alopecia areata are all known for their links to hair loss.
Autoimmune conditions cause the body to start attacking itself, as the immune system sees its own cells as a threat and sets out to eliminate them. Hair loss all over the body can occur, but this is usually a sign that something else is going on. Without treatment, autoimmune diseases can have dire consequences on the health so a speedy diagnosis is extremely important.
Overall, whatever the cause of your loss of body hair, it is important to seek treatment as quickly as possible. It may be a relief to discover you no longer have to spend thousands of pounds removing the hair yourself, but it could lead to more severe health problems if left untreated.
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