Loss of hair is a common problem. We generally, associate hair loss with stress and depression. Some hair loss symptoms may not be as simple as they seem. Alopecia Areata is one such condition which leads to partial or complete baldness. Alopecia Barbae is a type of alopecia areata which causes hairless patches in beard. Sometimes a burning sensation also felt in the affected areas.
Studies indicate that the factors responsible for causing this condition may be heredity and autoimmune diseases; however, no evident reasons are identified yet. According to scientists, as alopecia barbae begins to affect our body start producing antibodies. These antibodies get collected in one patch and attack the hair follicles or cells causing hair loss. In some cases, stress, anxiety, and depression also contribute to accelerate the condition.
The very first step towards the treatment is to identify the problem as early as possible. Many a time’s people tend to ignore the appearance of patches at the beginning and this only aggravates the situation. The sooner it gets identified, the better. Early diagnosis and treatment is the key to get over this distressing condition.
The immune system is incredibly complex and conventional medicine has difficulties dealing with alopecia barbae. Here are some of the alopecia barbae treatments that should be availed strictly under the supervision of the physician.
Minoxidil – It comes in liquid form and needs to be rubbed onto the affected areas at least twice a day. Only 5% of the quantity is found to be an effective medication. It helps in hair re-growth and prevents further hair loss. However, the medication can sometimes cause irritation.
Anthralin is another effective treatment for alopecia barbae. It is available in the form of a cream or ointment which is synthetic and tar based. New hair starts to grow on application of the cream; however, hair growth stops immediately after discontinuing application.
Corticosteroids are painful treatment conducted by a dermatologist. It comes in the form of injections and inserted into the skin where hair loss is prominent. The injections are given on a monthly basis, which can result in hair growth. Corticosteroid injections are found to be more effective than gels or creams containing corticosteroids.
Some natural remedies can also stimulate hair growth. Use of essential oil has showed significant success rate with people with this condition. The combination of lavender, thyme, rosemary, and cedar wood essential oils and carrier oils (jojoba and grape seed is an effective medication. There are no side effects after the application of the essential oils, but some people may have allergic reactions to it. The people who used onion juice found significant improvement after the application. According to a popular study, 86.9% people observed results within six weeks time. Nettle roots rich in Vitamin A and C benefit the health of hair.
People suffering from Alopecia Barbae might suffer from lower self esteem. This may lead to stress further resulting in hair loss. Indulge in de-stressing activities to keep the mind and body peaceful and calm at all times.