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Facial Hair FAQ

Are you starting to get a little fuzz above your lip and on your chin? Or maybe your beard is already showing up on the rest of your face.

Either way, we've got answers to your questions about the hair on your face.

Why do boys have hair on their face but girls don't?

First of all, that isn't true. Girls do have hair that grows on their face. But it's very faint and usually not noticeable until later in life.

In teenage boys, facial hair grows thick and darkens because of the effect of testosterone. That's the male sex hormone.

When boys enter puberty, their testicles begin producing more testosterone. It's responsible for many of the changes your body goes through. Getting a beard is one of the changes brought about by this hormone.

How come I've got almost no hair on my face when friends my age already have a beard?

Getting hair on your face is one of the last changes of puberty. On average, boys start noticing hair on their face around age 15 or 16.

WebMD Medical Reference

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