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Is Nipple Hair Normal?

Do You Have Hair . . . There? You're Not Alone

I remember the first time I found a few hairs on my nipples. That's right, I admit it. I had already been dealing with a few errant hairs that had been popping up on on my chin, upper lip, and sometimes even "sideburns," so when I found a few hairs on my boobs, I wasn't all that surprised — although I can't say that I was all too pleased, either. Do you have hairs on your nipples? You're not alone. To check out the stats, just keep reading.

  • The Numbers: It's thought that around 30 percent of women have hair in this area — although based on past conversations with my most honest of friends, I'd venture to say that there might just be more.
  • The Causes: Hormonal changes, an overproduction of androgens (male hormones), genetics, and usage of certain drugs can all cause this type of hair to grow.
  • How Much Is Normal?: It's not that uncommon to have anywhere from two to 15 hairs at one time.
  • Who's More Likely to Have?: Those with darker hair and/or complexions might also see more noticeable growth. Consider it normal for nipple hair to range in texture from downy-like to thick and coarse.
  • The Good News: Nipple hair grows rather slowly. Thus, if you do remove it (more on nipple hair removal later), it will take about three weeks to resurface. Not too bad, eh?
  • No Worries: As you can see, nipple hair is normal. We do have hair follicles on our nipple area, after all. But, as with any major changes in the body, if you're concerned, or feel that your growth is truly abnormal, head to the doctor to ease your mind.
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Briitta Briitta 7 years
It's nothing to be worried about, it's natural. My background is purely English / Australian and I too have this, so it's not all for Mediterannean women. I also suffer from some 'sideburn' action. But I wouldn't bother with electrolysis or laser removal, it can alter your skin pigmentation and may just end up growing back. Talk to your doctor if you are worried and he/she may suggest the pill, which should start to work after three months. I took this route but I did not see much of a result. In the end, I just pluck mine. Works perfectly.
manikpixi manikpixi 7 years
I knew I was comfortable with my boyfriend when I sat butt naked on the bed plucking my nipple hairs while he read his book in bed beside me!
plasticine1 plasticine1 7 years
mine are extra thick and jet black >:( i hate them. AND they grow back instantly. AND they always grow back ingrown, and no matter how careful i am to get them out, a scab ALWAYS develops. but whatevs. i'm over being embarrassed over stuff like this, i don't waste time pretending hair doesnt grow where it does. can't complain too much though, i do love plucking them; sometimes i think i get acne and am hairy because i love popping zits and plucking hairs so much!
laser-gal laser-gal 7 years
I find that the best way to deal with hair like this (the kind that will never come back in style...) is to do permanently laser hair removal. Since the area is so small it takes a couple treatments that last only minutes and you'll never have a stray nipple hair again... I blog about similar subjects on my blog:
janedahling janedahling 7 years
a couple of hairs are normal, but excess hair can be a symptom of pcos (polycystic ovarian syndrome), a hormonal imbalance that affects 1 in 10 women.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I have white peach fuzz, does that count? It's slightly longer than the peach fuzz that covers the rest of my body.
blondie829 blondie829 7 years
yea...its disgusting, but i totally have this. i pluck it out about once a month. no biggie.
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