If you’ve ever gotten those sudden long dark hairs in random spots, you know how annoying they can be. They are actually rather common and can happen as you get older. But why do they happen at all?
It could be a harmless gene mutation. If you randomly find one long, dark hair on your chin, nose, toes or breasts, it may be that a single hair follicle diverted from its normal path. Atlanta dermatologist Angela Love Bookout, MD, says, “The growth phase in a hair‘s lifecycle determines its characteristics, such as its length and diameter. At any point, a gene mutation of a single follicle, due to trauma or environmental influences, can result in a longer, darker hair. And, once it has mutated, it will continue to grow that way.”
It may be related to your hormones. New York dermatologist Debbie Palmer, MD, says that women in their 40s or 50s often experience hair growth in areas they hadn’t previously. “Androgens (male hormones), specifically testosterone, are responsible for the changes,” she explains. “Estrogen levels decrease during menopause, creating a disruption in the balance between estrogen and testosterone that can cause hair to grow darker or longer.”
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