Alopecia Barbae: Bald Patches in Beard
A bald patch in the beard is every beard enthusiasts’ worst nightmare. If you have recently noticed patches of facial hairs around your cheeks or chin that seems to be thinning slowly, chances are, you’re suffering from a type of hair loss known as Alopecia Barbae.
As reported by U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, Alopecia Barbae is a facial hair loss condition characterized by circular bald spots that appears on the beard area instead of the head. This hair condition only affects men and is considered as an autoimmune disease. Some experts say that it is a hair condition that is most likely caused by genetics since recent studies show that about one-fifth of those affected by this condition have a family history of this facial hair phenomenon.
Young men who are just beginning to grow their beard, say 18 up to 25 years of age, don’t exactly notice the occurrence of Alopecia Barbae since growing a beard during the said age bracket does have a tendency to be patchy and irregular in growth. If you have been maintaining a beard for quite some time now and noticed having rounded patches on your jaw line, chin or cheekbones, it’s possible that you are already experiencing Alopecia Barbae.
At first glance, your friends, family and colleagues will worry about the appearance of those beard patches. They may assume you are stressed with a lot of things being worried about. You may also think about the same thing. Observe the balding spots on your beard. How many spots are there? Is your skin somewhat inflamed? Do you know anybody from your family (Hint: call Dad) who have experienced the same thing?
Not only can Alopecia Barbae can greatly affect your beard aesthetics, it can also lead to bigger hair loss problems in the long run. You may read everywhere else that this hair loss condition can be treated by Cortisone, Minoxidil or Anthralin. While these medicines can possibly improve the facial hair loss situation, we recommend you see a dermatologist first to provide you with many different options on how to deal with Alopecia Barbae and give you proper prescription medicines that may help restore facial hair from growing back.