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Why am I so hairy? When will the body hair stop growing??

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Question - (20 June 2009) 17 Answers - (Newest, 8 October 2014)
A male Australia age 18-21, anonymous writes:

Hi,

I am a 15 year old. For people of my age I have so much facial and body hair - i have side burns, chest hair, hairy legs, hairy buttocks and hairy back. I am quite worried about it. I was hoping if you could tell me whether this is normal (as i don't think so) and when I will stop growing body hair.

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A male reader, Crazydude Philippines +, writes (8 October 2014):

Hey same here bro. :)

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A male reader, Advice giver 123 United States +, writes (6 December 2012):

It is okay my friend from school goes through puberty really really fast his legs are so hairy so hairy that his leg are hairier than his dads legs and my friend is only 11years old and his arms are really really hairy too and he has a lot of chest hair for his age and he has a lot of hair on his thighs and last he has a beard and he is only 11 years old last his whole body is covers in hair and his hair is still growing and finally he where's shorts and t shirts all the time and last he loves being hairy so it is okay to wear shorts and t shirts not be mean but my friend is 5times hairier than you

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A male reader, niiik Nepal +, writes (23 May 2012):

same problem here bro

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A male reader, anonymous, writes (10 May 2012):

Im 16 years old and i have hair over my whole body and there must be something what has made my body so hairy but nobody doesnt know =( im so shamed of my body -_-

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A male reader, niiik Nepal +, writes (5 May 2012):

hey there im also a really hairy guy im 17 and i live in nepal that is in south east asia so im from aryan race and my ancestors came from central europe so its genetic but for a guy of my age its really hard i see guys walkin down the street wearing shorts...but i wear full pants i dont een hav a short cuz i feel really shy of my hair in my whole class im the hairiest guy...but noone has noticed it....before at school i was the hairiest guy in the whole school it was embersiing...others were just growing som hair n i had already been like a warewolf...right now i hav little tiny hairs on my arms n maybe more than an inch long underarm hair,my pubic hair it as thick as my hair on head...my legs they are gettin really bad hir all over my thighs legs....n the worst part i have hair all over my butt..its so shameful .....i havnt been on swimming for 6 yrs now so shameful im also starting to grow hair on chest n belly......i'll probably be a warewolf in a year or two....now i like a girl and no one in her family has a single piece of hair....(i know this cuz they are my neighbours)so my single body hair is more than the body hair of her whole family even including the grandparents....so im feeling really depresssed but im gled that im not alone ......dont worry bro after reading all these comments here im happy n i hope to be myself...

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A reader, anonymous, writes (23 August 2010):

Am like that 2 just that ppl don't call me names, my mom told me how alerted she got when i was born they weren't hairy but I was but t's k anyways. I don't get 2 cold sumtimes just find the gud thing about it and that those other ppl don't hv da advantage.

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A male reader, HOLYcowWTF United States +, writes (10 May 2010):

Im also 15 I worry about this all the time because im a swimmer and i dont really enjoy shaving because it leaves spots and i really just get uses to it and no one ever makes fun of

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (14 December 2009):

Hey, don't feel bad! I've got the same problem - and I'm a girl. I have hair everywhere I'm not supposed to have it: on my buttocks, stomach, breasts, nipples, face, back, hands and feet, even on the inside of my thighs!

People used to tease me, calling me Shaggy and Chewbacca.

Now I just enjoy the hair. I even dyed it different colors for theme parties and special events. Why fight the inevitable, right?

Just find a hairy girl like me and you won't feel too bad. There's lots of us hiding under our clothes out here!

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A male reader, howsithangin United States +, writes (11 December 2009):

You have my deepest sympathy. I was in your position when I was your age: hairy chest at age 13, hairy back at age 15. Then add frighteningly white skin, and freckles. I was a freak. I spent the next two decades avoiding the beach unless I could shave, and never taking my shirt off in public because I was a sasquatch. This was before waxing & laser hair removal. Now those methods are available & I can afford them. It's made a world of difference.

DO YOURSELF THE FAVOR: Find the money! Get laser hair removal done! Trust me as someone who has been in your shoes. You will not regret it.

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A female reader, Gabriellie Australia +, writes (6 December 2009):

If you're Caucasian, its quite normal for you to be hairy past a certain age. The level of hairiness varies from person to person of course, but generally speaking, people of White, Indian, Arab, Italian, descendent..etc. tend to be hairy and are able to grow a full beard.

On the other spectrum, East-Asian men (Japanese, Chinese, Koreans, etc) do not tend to possess any visible hair on their chest/back/arm, and some do not even have visible hair on their legs.

It is believed that it might partly have an evolutionary basis, predominantly perhaps due to "sexual-selection". Thus other Caucasian women probably will tend to like their men big, hairy and "rough" looking anyway, so don't worry too much about it. =D

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A male reader, jasonb United States +, writes (10 November 2009):

Hey im 15 too!

Well my friends are always questioning my hairyness, and yes im embarrassed too. I dont like wearing shorts, sandles,and sleeveless shirts alot. 1 because i have hairy legs, feet, toes, butt, back, etc. 2 because im very self concious.

Anyways my cousin once told me that he wished he had hair like me because he had none. That made me feel better, but im still a little bit insecure about it.

The thing is, dont beat yourself over it, its just natural accept it.

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A male reader, anonymous, writes (5 July 2009):

Even i have lots of hair. i did visit one dematologists to query about the problem. I learnt that its because of higher level of male hormone. i asked for medication to reduce the growth of hair. the doc advised that medication would infact have adverse effect on masculanity. So now i have stopped thinking about it.

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A male reader, anonymous, writes (20 June 2009):

I'm 15 years old as well, and I'm hairy everywhere you are except for my back. I know how you feel! I feel so self-conscious whenever I go to a swimming pool, or locker room, etc. It can be frustrating at times for me as well. I too am worried myself whether or not this is natural. I live in a small town, but every guy and/or man I see has the minimal amount of hair. I guess you and I make up for all of the hair they don't have! Maybe it is our genes. My mom is adopted(shhh!), but I know she is of Irish and Italian descent(she is white and has medium-brown hair) and my dad is a full-blooded Mexican(he has jet-black hair). Just A Dreamer wrote that the color of the hair also makes it seem worse than it is, well, I'm not complaining, but I at least know that my mother's real father was in fact a blond. What I'm trying to say, is that I'm a little confused as to why my real grandfather's "blond genes" didn't SOMEWHAT pass on to me.

Recently, I had to get an EKG(for what turned out to be just heartburn) and they had to hook up some wires to me. They hooked up two wires to my legs(one to each) with some sticky pad thingys, and they had to shave a small part of each leg just to do it. I was so embarassed, I was about to cry(and I'm 15)!

Sorry I've dumped all of this personal stuff on you that you probably didn't want to hear, but I just wanted you to know that you're not the only one! And I'm glad there are people out there willing to help a stranger out!

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A female reader, SirenaBlusera Mexico +, writes (20 June 2009):

SirenaBlusera agony auntIt's normal, some guys develop sooner than others... if you REALLY hate it, though, I suppose you could have it waxed at a salon.

You're from Australia, so it's possible that you're Caucasian... it's the result of genes!

Testosterone is one factor in hairiness, but remember, some ethnic groups tend to be hairier than others. It doesn't mean the men aren't manly, it's just not in their genes. I lived in Cuernavaca, Mexico... a lot of people there have native Indian ancestry and many of the guys at my college (grown men) have NO chest hair, I know one guy who doesn't even have hair under his arms (he has hair, eyebrows and eyelashes and some facial hair but that's it). We all have different genes!

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A reader, anonymous, writes (20 June 2009):

Oh, sweetheart, some men are just hairier than others. It doesn't matter if she loves you. I have dated and loved a hairy man and a man who had hardly any hair...it did not matter in the least to me as there were other things that I was attracted to and the amount of hair on his body had nothing to do with my choice.

Don't worry about it, men are hairy. Women expect it. It is manly and an indication of your testostertone level which is what is responsible for your sex drive and other male characteristics, so why be concerned, you are male....it is as silly as worrying about going bald on top or the size of your penis. We women have the same worries, not about hair but about our female characteristics.

The bottom line is beauty is truly in the eyes of the beholder, doesn't matter.

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A reader, anonymous, writes (20 June 2009):

There's a wide range of body types, and what you're describing is hardly unusual. Lots of guys are just like you; there's nothing at all abnormal about what you describe. I'm guessing that you're bugged because hairy doesn't seem to be 'in' these days. Guys in movies (and particularly in porn) don't have body hair.

All I can tell you is that tastes change -- there are girls out there who think it's sexy. Find one of them.

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A reader, anonymous, writes (20 June 2009):

Don't worry about it, it's perfectly normal. It's because of your genetics. I take it you have dark hair because if it were light you wouldn't be as bothered. The color can make it seem worse then it actually is. The hair is supposed to be there so it will continue to grow unless you remove it. It most likely won't get any worse though it's more likely to stay the same.

If it makes you feel any better some guys are paranoid because they don't have any facial or body hair because they haven't really hit puberty...

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