Hirsutism, which is the growth of male-pattern hair on a woman’s face, occurs when her body produces an abnormal amount of male sex hormones, or androgens, according to Mayo Clinic. These androgens can be caused by some medications, certain diseases or genetics, explains Drugs.com.
Taking drugs like the androgen Danazol causes hirsutism, explains WebMD. Some anabolic steroids which contain androgens also cause hirsutism. Drugs that treat schizophrenia, agitation, migraine headaches, high blood pressure and aggression may also indirectly trigger the secretion of excessive androgens, leading to hirsutism, according to Drugs.com.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome also triggers a hormonal imbalance, as the ovaries start secreting too much of the male sex hormone. Also, Cushing’s syndrome, which occurs when the body is exposed to too much of the hormone cortisol, can also trigger hirsutism, explains Mayo Clinic.
The inherited genetic condition known as congenital adrenal hyperplasia also causes hirsutism, according to Mayo Clinic, by making the adrenal glands secrete abnormal amounts of androgens and cortisol.