In some cases this is down to a medical problem known as hirsutism, which is caused by male hormones called androgens, and can also causes thick, dark hair on the chest, lower back and buttocks. However, facial hair could also simply be down to genetics or there may not even be an obvious cause at all.
But the good news is that there are several options for removing or disguising facial hair, which can help women to feel more confident about their appearance.
Shaving is one of the most common hair removal methods as it is quick and easy and will not make the hair grow back quicker or thicker. However, it can be a bit tedious to have to do this every day and it may cause irritation or stubble between shaves.
Waxing, plucking or threading is another method that is quick and simple to do, and it has the added benefit of reducing re-growth if it is done frequently. But some women find this method is rather painful, and it can also cause scarring or folliculitis (inflammation of a hair follicle).
Slightly more expensive but remarkably effective is laser hair removal
, which involves powerful lasers which destroy the hair, and can sometimes prevent re-growth completely. This method is virtually painless and is particularly effective on women with pale skin and dark hair.
Similar to laser hair removal is electrolysis, which is a method that involves electricity destroying hair cells and removing the hair permanently. However, it takes a series of treatments over a long time for this treatment to be effective and it can be painful and also cause scarring or changes to your skin colour.
The important thing is to opt for a treatment that works for you and your body, and if you have any doubts it's always worth talking things through with your GP who will help you explore your choices further.