What is Alopecia Barbae and Alopecia Areata?
You may not be aware that there’s more than one type of alopecia. Hair loss is an issue for men and women, but it occurs for various reasons. The most common is a progressive, hereditary form of balding called androgenic alopecia. However, there’s a specific type of balding that occurs just in male facial hair.
Have you found that your beard grows unevenly, or patchy? Are there bald spaces between mustache and chin? Perhaps you never knew what your beard would grow in like, until recent fashion trends led thousands of men to go for the lumberjack look, only to experience frustrations with the lack of fullness.
Alopecia Barbae describes the bald patches within regions of a man’s face where hair typically grows. The cause of progressive facial hair loss isn’t fully understood, but studies suggest it’s an immune system response to hair properties such as pigment. T-Type Lymphocyte white blood cells attack the beard hair follicles and disrupt growth. Early stages might not be easy to detect, and many guys only realize they have a problem once they grow in a full beard and mustache.