Asking for a Friend: What Should I Do About My Nipple Hair?

Your first option: Nothing. But if you want to know how to get rid of nipple hair, read on.

Before you unfairly judge your nipple hair, take a pause — it's just hair. Having a few sprouts here and there is no big deal. "Many women have some nipple hair, and unless it's rapidly growing or excessive, it's likely not anything to be concerned about," confirms Alyssa Dweck, M.D., an ob-gyn in Westchester County, New York.

Another important thing to note? There isn't anything that needs to be done to alter or remove nipple hair. And hey, maybe you let yours stick around! But just as it's totally cool to let those hairs grow wild and free, there's also nothing wrong with wanting to get rid of them.

If you fall into the second group, you may have wondered exactly how to get rid of nipple hairs. Surely the wrong move could harm your nerve-filled nipples, right? If you've been using your tweezers to get rid of them, you're not alone. "Plucking is probably the most common way to remove the hairs," says Dr. Dweck. But trimming, and even waxing them is fair game too, says Draion Burch, M.D. (aka Dr. Drai) an ob-gyn based in Pittsburgh.

Be warned, though, that not all hair-removal techniques are a good idea when it comes to nipple hair removal. For example, you'll want to stay away from depilatory or shaving creams, as "they can harm your mammary glands," advises Dr. Burch.

If you're noticing a lot of nipple growth or if it's growing really fast, take caution. "If rapid growth occurs all of a sudden, though, see your gyno for an evaluation," suggests Dr. Dweck. "A little hair is normal. A lot is not — it can be a sign of polycystic ovary syndrome," adds Dr. Burch. So if you think you may have more hair than normal or if it's sprouting between your breasts rather than just around your nipples, you may want to get it checked out by a doctor.

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