Finding black hair on your nipples may be surprising, and even embarrassing, but it's also completely natural. Your body is covered in hair follicles and some of the hair, like the peach fuzz found on the face, can be light and soft, and other hair, like the hairs found on your legs, chin and yes, even on your nipples, can be coarse and dark.
Black hair on your nipples can be the result of many causes, the majority of them harmless.
Here's what you need to know about why you get black hair on your nipples.
Hormonal changes happen throughout a woman's life. In fact, women go through seven distinct hormonal changes. These changes can affect our hair growth, which includes the hair growth around the nipples.
Another way hormones can cause black hairs on the nipples is if your body overproduces testosterone. Symptoms of overproduction of testosterone include missing periods, pimples, oily skin, hair loss and an increase in skeletal mass.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is also the result of hormone imbalances that can cause black hair on your nipples. PCOS is the result of an imbalance of reproductive hormones and can cause irregular periods, infertility and ovarian cysts, as well as hair growth on the face and nipples.
Caused by a high and chronic exposure to cortisol (the stress hormone), often through prolonged use of glucocorticosteroid medications like beclomethasone, cortisone, dexamethasone and hydrocortisone. It may also be the result of tumours on the brain, adrenal glands or lungs. While irregular periods and coarse hair on the face and nipples is a symptom of Cushing's syndrome, so are fat deposits on the back and purple stretch marks on the breasts and stomach.
If you have black hair on your nipples, it is most likely the result of another, more likely cause.
If you suspect your hormones may be the cause of black hair on your nipples, ask your doctor to test your hormone levels with a simple blood test.
Treating Black Hair on Your Nipples
There are many ways to treat black hair on your nipples. Shaving or plucking them is an easy fix, as is electrolysis.
If the hair on your nipples is the result of an hormonal imbalance, you can also aim to rectify it. Eating well, exercising and getting enough sleep are excellent ways to balance hormones, but sometimes, your body may need a little extra help.
Our Perfect Harmony Pack can provide the hormonal support you may need. Containing ResGrape Resveratrol, Perfect Plant Protein and Rhodiola Rosea, this trio promotes a trifecta of hormonal health by potentially balancing blood sugar, reducing stress and balancing reproductive hormones.
You can grab our Perfect Harmony Pack here, and in the meantime, don't feel embarrassed by black nipple hair! More often than not, it's harmless and easy to remove.
Disclaimer: This article is strictly for informational purposes and is not intended as health advice. Statements made have not been evaluated by the TGA and are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent and one should always consult with their trusted health professional before adding a new supplement to their diet.