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Alopecia Barbae: An Explanation for Bald Spots in your Beard

Updated on April 24, 2010

Patches of hair loss in the beard is a special type of hair loss known as Alopecia Barbae. This situation is characterized by little circular shaped spots of facial hair loss. It is a kind of alopecia and falls in the same class of hair loss as male pattern baldness. For the most part, the the cause of facial hair loss is somewhat of a mystery and no one knows what triggers Alopecia Barbae. Your body may or may not begin regrowing hair in that area.

Causes and Impacts on your Health

Alopecia Barbae is not harmful but can be ugly and upsetting to men who suffer through it. It isn't correlated to any other health issues and doesn't affect your overall health. It is fairly typical for men who experience patches of facial hair loss to experience it again at another point in time though the barbae form of alopecia does not indicate or boost your probability for other varieties of alopecia or hair loss.

Alopecia Barbae is a relatively rare kind of alopecia. Just about 2% of folks experience a kind of alopecia areata where hair falls out in sporadic areas. Epidemiologists reason it is an autoimmune condition where the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy human tissue because it imagines the body is under attack. Hair follicles are targeted in patients with alopecia. The very roots of the hair follicles become inflamed and your hair can fall out sometimes in just a couple of days.

Treatments and Therapies

There are a number of, mostly topical, treatment options for hair loss. Dermatologists generally handle this hair loss with cortisone shots. Little amounts of cortisone are injected into the area of the baldness. It's for the most part seen as a safe therapy although negative effects can include skin thickening or sunken areas in the skin at the area of the injection that generally heals itself over time.

Creams and ointments are frequently used therapies. Anthralin, a psoriasis drug, can also treat bald patches from alopecia. It is left to sit for about one hour before being washed away. This treatment needs to be applied each day and it can take anywhere from three to four months before you witness hair growth. Minoxidil is another topical treatment that diluted to 5% is ideal for stimulating hair growth; it is marketed in the United States under the brand name of Rogaine.

Experiencing Alopecia Barbae can seriously decrease a man's self-worth. Though the condition does not harm your physical health, culture commonly thinks that spots of baldness to signify significant illness and responds by avoiding that individual. Remedies can help many men regenerate all or part of their beard. Many men just choose to always shave their face so that others cannot see the condition.

You can learn about additional articles concerning Alopecia Barbae and other conditions that can degrade man's quality of life.

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      rob,tx 

      3 years ago

      I take Centrum vitamins about 2 months now wonder y I have a bold spot by right chin. I do stress a lot but don't drank a lot ya think I should stop da vitamins and i haven't seen da dermatologist yet..

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      kadi 

      3 years ago

      Hey Dj this happened to me when I started taking the same multivitamin, I got them from whole food ,it's called men's one daily , I took them for 2 months , I have one pill left , I'm gonna go off them and see what would happen .,now I strongly believe it's from this multivitamin , it can't be a coincidence that Dj mentioned the same brand I'm taking . I hope everyone gets well

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      DJ 

      3 years ago

      This actually happened to me also and lasted for about a year until I visited a dermatologist and he prescribed me an ointment to put on my hairless spots throughout my face. Rare but true, I strongly believe this issue occurred when I started a daily multi vitamin called ONE A Day for men. I then noticed a lot more men having hairless spots in their beards, maybe not as severe, but still noticeable. Of course when you have this condition, you tend to look at other men and see if maybe they have it as well. Well long story short, I took the multi vitamins for months and had no issues, but as soon as I stopped them, the alopecia started. Could this be due to a vitamin deficiency? Was my body trying to find out where all those vitamins and nutrients went or were the vitamins the triggering factor in having alopecia barbae to begin with.. Now I am experiencing odd hair shedding as well as thinning, which has never happened because my hair has always been thick. I haven't been on any vitamins except biotin which promotes hair and nail growth and health overall. I fear taking the multi vitamin again but as you know, a vitamin deficiency especially in Vitamin B, Zinc, Magnesium, Vitamin D, iron and Biotin as well as folic acids, etc can play a major role in hair health. Lacking those can result in hair loss. I guess it's worth giving it a try though I risk the facial hair loss again. It's such a confusing thing. I still don't understand these auto immune disorders and is there a simpler way to cure them? Perhaps a change in diet?

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      anil 

      4 years ago

      Pls tell me treatment related it. Because it problem coming in my beard from early.

      anilindianpolice@gmail.com

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      W0nd3r1ng 

      4 years ago

      I started noticing bald spots in my beard a few months ago and they are getting bigger. I've been stressed, not sleeping enough, and I smoke a black and mild every night. Time for a change.

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      Bart 

      4 years ago

      I Alopecia Barbae it started 7 Month ago, after few months it get worse, patches get bigger so I went to Docotor. He prescibed me Minoxidil 5% twice a day. I use that for a month but nothing yet. I think it needs some time to cure, also check what you eat. Try to stay healthy. I was stressed, drinking alcohol, smoking. Maybe that's the reson why it started. I need to change my life. Good luck to you.

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      dino 

      4 years ago

      CARA, YOU NEVER KEPT US POSTED!

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      dez rolle 

      4 years ago

      i started to notice my hair loss about 9 months ago

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      Branden Lenz 

      4 years ago

      I Just Moved back up to the USA from Ecuador after 7 years.

      What the Fuck is in the food up here? Listen to Alex Jones.

      This is retarded as I have the same symptoms and I wanted, WANTED, to move back. NOT NOW.

      Thanks USA. This Pie Taste is the best 2013 has ever tasted.

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      scorpio 

      5 years ago

      i never used splenda and i also suddenly have alopecia barbae...

      i am 37 years old and i never had this before,when i changed my work i suddenly have this.I am still wondering fi there is a relation with the work i do ? I work with x-ray devices.

      The alopecia is the same like zack's,hair fall of and small white hair grow back(i have naturally black hair)

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      Cara 

      6 years ago

      Thank you ZackWest for your detailed blog on the effects splenda can have. My fiancé started to experience episodes of hair loss in his beard several years ago. It coincided with the time he began using splenda in his coffee a opposed to sugar, but he had never made the possible connection. Having dated someone in the past who experienced the same type of hair loss, I had already done a considerable amount of research on the topic. I told him that the affliction was called alopecia barbae, and that its causes are relatively unknown and the usual treatments recommended are some sort of topical ointment or cortisone shots. It wasn't until i delved into the topic once again that I cam across your blog. Your arguments are thorough and convincing. Today my fiancé is swearing off splenda and putting your assertions to the test. I can't wait to see the results and hope you are right! Will keep you posted~

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      ZackWest 

      6 years ago

      When I use Splenda, over time my facial hair falls out just like you see in these pictures. You can see my pictures and read my account of what happens here: http://splendamakesmyhairfallout.blogspot.com/

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