Alopecia areata is a type of non-scarring hair loss that can affect men and women, adults and children. The hair is usually lost in round or oval patches initially. This lost hair usually grows back without any other problems or any further hair loss.
What is the difference between scarring alopecia and alopecia areata?
The scarring alopecia patches usually look a little different from alopecia areata in that the edges of the bald patches look more “ragged.” The destruction of the hair follicle occurs below the skin surface so there may not be much to actually see on the scalp skin surface other than patchy hair loss.
What triggers scarring alopecia?
Scarring alopecias are typically caused by inflammation that results in destruction of the hair follicle leading to irreversible hair loss. If the condition is treated early in the disease course, it is sometimes possible to regrow hair.
How can I regrow hair from scarring alopecia?
You may be able to restore hair that has been lost due to scarring alopecia with surgical options. “Hair transplantation is often the only way to significantly restore hair to an area affected by scarring alopecia,” Mamelak says.
Will biotin help alopecia?
“We find biotin to be very helpful for hair disorders,” says dermatologist Wilma Bergfeld, MD. … It’s primarily used for alopecia, the medical word for hair loss in men or women. “Biotin improves hair growth and helps with inflammation,” she says. “The hair follicle, the skin and the nails all benefit.”