Alopecia Areata is a hair loss condition characterised by quite suddenly appearing bald patches on the scalp, therefore, the condition is also known as spot baldness. It is most commonly seen in younger women and men, and about half of cases are seen in people under the age of 20. Alopecia Areata has two subtypes, where ‘monolocularis’ refers to a single bald spot and ‘multilocularis’ refers to several bald spots. If the condition evolves to a complete loss of scalp hair, the condition is known as Alopecia Totalis and if all hair on the entire body is lost, it is called Alopecia Universalis. However, Alopecia Totalis and Universalis are considered somewhat rare conditions. Alopecia, in its varying forms, can have severe consequences for the sufferers’ self-esteem and perception of self.
It remains unclear why some people develop this condition, but both environmental factors and psychological stress have been known to cause Alopecia Areata. The condition is often associated with autoimmune conditions, including diabetes and hyper- or hypothyroidism, and some seem to have a genetic predisposition for developing it.
Usually, the bald patches will start out small and round. The hair will fall out relatively quickly, and the spot might grow as the hairs around the edges of the patch are vulnerable. The condition is believed to be an autoimmune condition, where the body’s immune system attacks the hair follicles, which makes the hair fall out and stop growing. The patches look like normal smooth skin, but it can be sensitive or painful in some cases.
It is important to try to manage the condition to prevent it from progressing, but previously used treatments have, even in limited use, been shown to have some serious side effects, and topical treatments do not enter the skin deeply enough to work effectively. While Alopecia Areata does not have a physically harmful impact on the sufferer, the psychological consequences can influence the daily life of the sufferer, and the condition can further enhance stress and depression, which is yet another reason to treat the condition to empower the sufferer.
No matter the cause, Alopecia Areata is a sign that the normal Hair Growth Cycle has been disrupted, meaning that the Anagen (growth) phase has been shortened and the Telogen (resting) phase has been prolonged. In most cases of Alopecia Areata, the hair will grow back eventually, but without treatment it might take several years for the hair growth to return to normal.
To support normal, healthy hair growth and help maintain a normal Hair Growth Cycle, a course of action is to start Nourkrin®, which is a natural, safe and drug-free product. Nourkrin® with Marilex® is rich in specific proteoglycans that help support the overall life and function of hair follicles, and in tests, 83% saw an improvement after taking Nourkrin®. For maximum benefit, a 6-month course is recommended due to the normal duration of the Hair Growth Cycle.