26.9 C
Monday, September 28, 2020

What Is Alopecia Barbae? What Causes It and How to Cure It?

- Advertisement -

You hit puberty and start growing beards faster than your peers and start losing them, shockingly a few years after.

- Advertisement -

The state where your body attacks its hairs due to an autoimmune condition is known as Alopecia barbae. It causes men to lose some of all of their beards, similar to “Alopecia areata” which caused causes bald spots to appear on scalps of men, woman and even children, “Alopecia totalis” which happens when a person loses all the hair on their scalp, while “Alopecia Universalis” is responsible for the complete removal of hair on the scalp and body.

A 38-year-old freelance photographer Paul Johnson said, “I’d never heard of or come across anyone who’d lost their beard in isolation.”

“I first noticed a 5 pence circle on the neckline, which I didn’t really think anything of at first until it spread to palm size. I’m now left with just my moustache and a few patches of hair on the jawline.”

Ryan Strand had a similar experience when he first noticed a five pence-shaped piece of his beard disappear. He also saw after a few weeks, that the patch got visibly larger and it was apparent he has to seek professional opinions on what was wrong.

“The patch grew and grew to the point that I lost pretty much the entire left-hand side of my beard,” Strand encountered. “As I’m dark haired, I couldn’t even get away with cutting it down to stubble, so I ended up having to shave my beard close, twice a day, otherwise it just looked embarrassing.”

Alopecia barbae happens when your body attacks its own hair, believing it to be foreign. The cause is yet unknown, but it has been historically linked with both psychological and physical stress, which both Johnson and Strand believe was behind the surprising condition.

“The stress on my body was great,” Johnson said. “It wouldn’t be out of the norm for me to run 10 miles on a Saturday morning then sink six to seven pints in the afternoon, sleep poorly, train half-hearted on a Sunday and then be back full on from Monday to Friday.”

John further explained that it is possible the mental stress most individuals feel could also contribute to having Alopecia. “I believe that the dent on the mental side of my health has shown itself in the form of alopecia. It’s no coincidence whatsoever,” says Johnson.

- Advertisement -

Treatment of Alopecia

We are aware the cause of alopecia barbae is yet unknown, sadly we also don’t know how long it would take for beard hair to grow back, worst still, Alopecia treatment aren’t that effective.

It is a traumatic part of a man’s life to lose even some part of his hair, especially hair in areas you didn’t expect to lose. Men would forever have questions that need answers, but because of the limited knowledge we have on alopecia, some answers aren’t just enough.

“The doctor I saw was female, and she didn’t seem too bothered. She diagnosed my issue as alopecia, but then proceeded to tell me I should count myself lucky that I’m not a woman suffering from alopecia areata, as that is far more stressful and embarrassing.”

Strand explained, “I was dumbstruck. I pointed out that it is just as embarrassing for me as a man, to only be able to grow half a beard. Her response was to tell me to shave it, but I choose to have a beard, and it was an incredibly big deal to me.”

It is wise all the same to see a professional dermatologist who specialises in hair loss. They are not magicians, but they can guarantee the best way to help manage Alopecia.

Alopecia Barbae
  • Save
- Advertisement -

Disclaimer: This article is purely informative & educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.

Oluwafemi Michael
Oluwafemi Michael is an online Mental Health Therapist, Advocate for Mental Health Awareness, a programmer, and also a content creator from Edo state, Akoko-Edo LG.
- Advertisement -

Trending Now

The Basics: Essential Yoga Breathing, Postures, and Alignment for Health

Yogic breathing! Westerners tend to emphasize the inhale rather than the exhale. In yogic breathing, the exhale precedes the inhale, and it is necessary...
- Advertisement -

Atis Fruit: 10 Health Benefits of Eating Sugar Apple

Sugar apple (Atis fruit), is the Annona squamosa fruit belonging to the natives of West Indies and to the tropical Americas like Peru, Mexico,...

Skin Rashes: Causes, Symptoms and Effective Home Remedies

Skin rashes are common skin problems experienced by millions of people worldwide; it is characterized by a visible change in the color...

Spider Bites: Symptoms, Treatment & Identification

Spider bites in the United States are often annoying but they are rarely fatal. If a person gets bitten by a black...

Enlarged Clitoris: Causes, Treatment and Symptoms

The clitoris is simply a female sexual organ located slightly above the urethra, a section where urine is released from the female body. A...

How to Increase Sodium Levels in Your Blood?

Levels of sodium in the blood is often a misunderstood topic and it is extremely necessary that we as individuals understand the meaning and...

8 Ways to Remove Dandruff Without Washing Hair

There are about 50 million Americans are diagnosed with dandruff which is an alert problem. Dandruff not only cause damage to your...

Hole in the Heart: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Normally, the heart is divided into two parts - left and right - which are separated by a septum (which separates the two upper...

7 Types of Disability and Examples

For disabled people life is a lot different than the rest of us. They don’t lead normal lives like we do and need assistance...

8 Majors Types of Bongs – Which One Strikes You

One of the best ways to consume cannabis is to smoke it straight from a bong. Bong offers a better way to enjoy your...

How to De-worm Yourself Naturally?

Parasitic or intestinal worms are behind many health challenges people face; they can cause a lot of problems including digestive problems. Some common types...



Nurture yourself with health tips, wellness advice, and more.

- Advertisement -

Related Posts

Hemiplegia – Types, Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Hemiplegia is a condition that affects one-half of the human body. It is the paralysis of the muscles of the arms and legs of...

Why Is Sleep Apnea Dangerous – Causes and Treatment?

A healthy sleep cycle can have tremendous impacts on a person’s life. Sleep deprivation can seriously affect how your body acts during the day....

Is Antibiotics are Safe to buy Without any Prescription

Antibiotics are a type of prescription medicines that help us fight against bacteria. There are both good and bad bacteria existing in our environment....

New Skincare Products Allumière and Niuvella Changing the Face of Plastic Surgery

As the cost of cosmetic surgical procedures grows exponentially every year and news reports frightfully document the risks of plastic surgery tourism, many people...


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Alopecia Barbae
Copy link
Powered by Social Snap