Coarse, dark hairs around the nipple are quite common. Some choose to pull them out with tweezers, but this can cause irritation because the skin around the nipple is sensitive. Some cut the hair off close to the skin. The hairs will grow again, so you will have to cut them off again from time to time if you wish to.

Hairs around the nipple are nothing to worry about unless you have excess hairiness on other parts of the body and your periods are irregular. If this is the case, you may have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and you should see your doctor. You will find more information about PCOS in the section on hairiness in women.


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Reviewed and edited by: Dr Victoria Harmer
Last updated: October 2020

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