Alopecia refers to excessive loss of hair from the head or anywhere on the body. This can be caused by several conditions related to age, gender, or ethnicity. If you believe you might have alopecia, it is important that you be evaluated by a board-certified dermatologist with expertise in hair and scalp disorders to formulate a treatment plan tailored specifically for you.
One of the most common types of hair loss is alopecia areata, an autoimmune disorder that results in circular bald patches, usually on the scalp or face. Here, the body’s own cells attack the hair follicles. Another common type of alopecia is androgenetic alopecia or pattern baldness, which can affect both men and women. This results in hair thinning and eventual loss that usually starts at the front and top of the scalp.
Certain types of alopecia and scalp disease are more common in people of African descent, and are related to hair grooming practices seen in this population, as well as genetic predisposition. These include Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia (CCCA), acne keloidalis nuchae, dissecting cellulitis of the scalp, folliculitis decalvans and pseudofolliculitis barbae (razor bumps).
In terms of treatment, time is of the essence. Early detection and management can significantly improve outcomes and help preserve more active hair follicles, resulting in greater potential for hair regrowth.
If you’re experiencing any unusual hair loss, contact the Hair and Scalp Center, here at Eternal Dermatology!