Excessive body hair is now perceived as an aesthetic defect. Nowadays one of the attributes of female beauty is a perfectly smooth body, so even slight amount of hair, occurring in anatomically is undesirable. The intensity of body hair is an individual matter and depends on their density and colour – dark hair is more noticeable than a light shade. Hair intensity is also influenced by genetic predisposition. What women perceive as an excess of hair can therefore be a properly occurring body hair. The excessive hair in women is called hirsutism. Hirsutism develops on the basis of hormonal disorders accompanying, among others, polycystic ovary syndrome, Cushing’s syndrome or hyperprolactinemia, as well as the use of certain drugs. Hirsutism is characterized by an excess of hair on the face, abdomen, chest and back, as well as limbs. Excessive hair growth is most often accompanied by excessive seborrhoea, acne lesions and androgenic alopecia.
Excessive male hair is difficult to define. By nature, men have abundant hair on the body, and the intensity of hair – as in women – is an individual matter. More and more often, proper hair is perceived as an excess of hair in men – especially in such locations as the back or chest. However, this is a matter of current fashion for a smooth body, and not any health malformations that lead to excessive hair in men.