Scarring Alopecia

Scarring Alopecia

What is Scarring Alopecia

Scarring alopecia, also known as cicatricial alopecia, is a type of hair loss disorder characterized by permanent destruction of hair follicles, resulting in bald patches on the scalp. This condition is caused by inflammation and the replacement of hair follicles with scar tissue. Here’s an in-depth look at scarring alopecia, including its types, causes, treatment options, and hair care tips

Background of Scarring Alopecia:

Scarring alopecia is a relatively rare condition that leads to permanent hair loss and baldness. It can occur gradually over several years or rapidly within a few months. Symptoms may include severe itching, pain, burning sensations, and shedding of hair. The inflammation that causes hair follicle destruction often occurs below the skin’s surface, making it challenging to detect early signs.

Who Gets Scarring Alopecia

Scarring alopecia can affect both men and women of any age and is not contagious. While some types may have a genetic predisposition, others may occur randomly. Certain types, such as pseudopelade, are more commonly seen in adult women. Generally, scarring alopecia is not common in children, but specific types can affect adolescent males.

Types of Scarring Alopecia

Scarring alopecia is classified into primary and secondary. Primary scarring alopecia involves irreversible destruction of hair follicles, while secondary scarring alopecia occurs when follicles are damaged due to trauma or some hair styling pattern. 

Symptoms of Scarring Alopecia:

Scarring alopecia typically begins as permanent bald patches on the scalp, which may gradually expand over time. The affected areas often appear smooth and shiny, with a loss of skin pores. Sometime it may be associated with

Causes of Scarring Alopecia

The exact causes of scarring alopecia are not fully understood, but inflammation is believed to play a significant role. Most cases involve the permanent destruction of hair follicles due to inflammation and the progressive deposition of collagen. Factors such as injuries, burns, tumors, genetic predisposition, and hair-care practices may also contribute to scarring alopecia.

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Treatment Options for Scarring Alopecia

The primary goal of treating scarring alopecia is to manage symptoms and prevent further hair loss. Since hair regrowth is not possible once follicles are destroyed, treatment mainly focuses on reducing inflammation. Treatment options may include:

  • Topical or oral corticosteroids to control inflammation and itching.
  • Oral medications such as antimalarial drugs, corticosteroids, or retinoids for lymphocytic scarring alopecia.
  • – Antibiotics or antiseptic shampoos for neutrophilic scarring alopecia.
  • Hair transplantation can be done in successful cases once the disease process is stabilized.


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Living with scarring alopecia can be challenging, but with proper management and care, individuals can minimize symptoms and improve their quality of life. If you suspect you have scarring alopecia, consult with a dermatologist for accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment.

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