Condition: Alopecia

Condition: Alopecia

What is Alopecia?

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition in which your hair falls out in clumps the size and shape of a quarter. The quantity of hair loss varies from person to person. Some folks just lose it in a few places. Others suffer significant losses. Hair comes back in some cases, but then falls out again. In others, hair regrows permanently.

There’s currently no cure for alopecia areata. However, there are treatments that may help hair grow back more quickly and that can prevent future hair loss, as well as unique ways to cover up the hair loss. Resources are also available to help people cope with stress related to hair loss.

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Alopecia Causes

Your immune system attacks your body when you have an autoimmune illness. The hair follicles are the ones that are affected in alopecia areata. 

Doctors think people who get it have something in their genes that makes it more likely. They also believe that certain factors in the environment are needed to trigger alopecia areata in people who are genetically predisposed to it.

You’re more likely to get alopecia areata if you have:

  • A family member who has it
  • Asthma
  • Down syndrome
  • Pernicious anemia
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Thyroid disease
  • Vitiligo

Alopecia Types

There are several forms of alopecia areata. The degree of hair loss and other symptoms you may be experiencing define each kind. Treatment and prognosis may change slightly depending on the kind.

Alopecia areata (patchy)
One or more coin-sized patches of hair loss on the skin or body are the most common symptom of this form of alopecia areata. Alopecia totalis or alopecia universalis might develop if this condition worsens.

Alopecia totalis
Alopecia totalis is a kind of hair loss that affects the entire scalp.

Diffuse alopecia areata
Diffuse alopecia areata can resemble both female and male pattern hair loss. Hair loss occurs suddenly and unexpectedly all over the scalp, not just in one area or patch.

Ophiasis alopecia
Ophiasis alopecia is hair loss that follows a band along the sides and lower back of the head.

Frequently Asked Questions

Acne can be caused by a number of factors. Acne can be hereditary, it can be hormonal, and it can be caused by a testosterone increase during puberty. It is also possible for acne to be caused by certain medications, some makeup products, and even wearing items of clothing or accessories that place pressure on a specific area of the skin – wearing a headband for instance.

Smoking is also said to cause acne in older people. Whatever the underlying reasons as to why you have acne, it all results in one thing – hair follicles becoming blocked by sebum from surrounding sebaceous glands, and dead skin cells. These plugged hair follicles can either turn into whiteheads or blackheads, and if the (usually) harmless bacteria that lives on our skin then infects the follicles, you can even experience cysts, papules, nodules or pustules. None of which are any fun for the person having to deal with them.

Our skincare experts take time to get to know and understand your acne concerns and issues, and only then will they make an informed decision as to which acne treatment is the best for you. That could be:

  • lightfusion™ Light Therapy
  • Skin Peels
  • Pixel Laser Resurfacing

You do not need to stop wearing makeup if you have acne. However, you should wear makeup that is non-comedogenic. This means that it doesn’t block the pores.

Not necessarily. As mentioned above, acne can be caused by a number of triggers, and however much you clean your face it’s not going to affect how crazy your hormones are being. Sometimes, cleaning your face too much can even contribute to acne as it can aggravate spots.

Furthermore, using alcohol-based cleansers can dry your skin out and this isn’t a good thing as far as acne is concerned. Despite what you may think, and even if you feel like you have excessively oily skin, it’s still important to use a moisturiser – just make sure you opt for a non-comedogenic one.

Everyone is different, but acne – more often than not – does eventually go away. For many, it’s puberty that can kick things off and acne often settles down when puberty does. However, acne can sometimes persist into your adult years.

That said, our skincare specialists have worked with many clients who wanted their acne to disappear and felt like they had tried everything. As you will see from our success stories and testimonials, we have had hugely positive and effective results.

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