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Question: Speratic hair loss through the beard area

 concernedguy71 - Mon Apr 20, 2009 1:41 am

I am 32 years old and can grow a full thick beard. I had a small quarter size patch of hair stop growing on the jaw line 3 years ago, but it started regrowing hair after about 6 months. Now there are several spots on both sides of the face where it has stopped growing again. What is causing these bald patches?
 John Kenyon, CNA - Sun Apr 26, 2009 10:58 pm

User avatar Hello--

While this sometimes happens in areas where there has been some irritation or injury, if that is definitely not the case then it is probably an autoimmune disorder known as Alopecia areata barbae, meaning loss of facial hair. It is usually spotty and about half of all cases resolve on their own. Of the rest, many respond to steroid treatment, but it's well to give this time (often months) to resolve on its own. If it gets too severe or widespread you can either shave and/or consult with a dermatologist.

I hope this helps. Good luck to you. Please follow up with us here if needed.

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