The appearance of new dark hairs on your breasts probably mean nothing, but you should see your doctor just to be sure, especially if you have additional new symptoms.

“New dark hairs on breasts should not be an immediate cause for concern,” says Tejas Patel, MD, a board certified dermatologist with Reforma Dermatology in NYC.

Many women do have dark hairs on their breasts. These pop up usually during times of normal hormonal changes such as during puberty, pregnancy or menopause.

It’s generally a harmless finding by a woman.

Concerning Cause of New Dark Breast Hairs

“These dark hairs could be due to a plethora of reasons, most likely caused by hormonal changes,” says Dr. Patel.

“You should visit your local dermatologist if you notice any other accompanying symptoms, as it might be of importance.

“Examples of accompanying symptoms would include acne, uncontrolled weight gain, excess hair growth, menstrual irregularities and others.”

The condition that causes these symptoms is PCOS: polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Many women with PCOS are mostly concerned about the weight gain aspect.

However, with proper exercise habits and a clean, controlled diet, a healthy body weight can be maintained.

But even if you don’t gain much weight, PCOS is nothing to sweep under the rug.

Complications include miscarriage, infertility, type 2 diabetes and abnormal uterine bleeding.

Women with new-onset dark hairs on their breasts should not panic, but should also see a doctor to rule out any concerning cause and hopefully rule in the body’s normal hormonal fluctuations.

Dr. Patel treats all skin types and welcomes the most challenging skin problems. Dr. Patel specializes in both medical and cosmetic dermatology, and treats patients of all ages.
Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer.  
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