Alopecia Areata Beard
The Alopecia Areata Beard, or alopecia areata barbae, is a form of alopecia that is exclusive to men, obviously. Small bald patches appear in the beard or mustache, and like all forms of alopecia, there are no real symptoms other than the hair loss.
Alopecia areata baffles doctors and patients alike, since they don’t know really how to cure it or treat it, nor do they really know what causes it. The only thing that they really know is that it seems that the body is attacking the hair follicles, which makes alopecia an autoimmune issue.
Alopecia Areata Beard Treatment:
The treatment for alopecia barbae is usually to do nothing, since the hair will usually grow back within the next six months to a year. Really, when you think about it, this is a good thing, the treatments for other kinds of alopecia areata can be harsh on the skin, and they aren’t the kinds of things you really want to be applying to your face, although sometimes, corticosteroids maybe used.
Since the "in” look today is to be clean shaven, this works for the man with alopecia areata beard. You would never know that there are bare patches in his beard or mustache. Not to mention it’s a cleaner look for any man.
You are not alone:
It is becoming more acceptable for men to "come out” of the alopecia closet, now, since people like actor David Ducovney, from X-Files has announced that he has alopecia areata. In fact even revered actors such as Telly Savalas, of Kojack fame even had the disease.
Many sufferers swear that alopecia areata barbae say that this form of the disease is directly related to stress and they work hard to find ways to lower their stress eat right and make sure that they get enough rest each day. They say that by following these regimens that the alopecia is in remission. How true this really is, is subject to interpretation, but if this is working for you, and your doctor is endorsing it for you, then you are doing something right for yourself.
Alopecia Areata Beard Self Care:
There is more to the alopecia areata beard than meets the eye. It’s about taking care of your overall health and this means following your doctor’s advice.
Because treatment typically a clean shaven face, this means that you need to shave every day, and take good care of your facial skin as well.
This means that like the women around you, using a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. You will be doing yourself a huge favor.
Because of the way that alopecia areata can develop however, you may want to be aware of the pattern that can develop in your beard. If it seems to be spreading into your scalp, remember to contact your physician, and have him do the appropriate tests.
The alopecia areata beard can feel like it’s a scary thing, but it’s manageable. Like anything else in life, it’s all in how you look at it and how you deal with it… one step at a time.