Healthy Hair Growth after Alopecia Areata Diagnosis
Alopecia areata is a common autoimmune skin disease resulting in the loss of hair on the scalp and on other areas of the body. Hair loss usually begins as one or more small, round, smooth patches on the scalp and can progress to total scalp hair loss (alopecia areata totalis) or complete body hair loss (alopecia areata universalis).
According to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation, alopecia areata affects approximately two percent of the population, including more than 5 million people in the United States alone.
Top Issues for those Suffering from Alopecia Areata
Below we address some common concerns and questions regarding alopecia areata, along with some natural alternatives to consider after an alopecia areata diagnosis. If your question is not addressed, feel free to contact one of our experts by clicking to the left.
White blood cells in our immune system attack cells in the hair follicles, damaging the follicle and causing inflammation that leads to hair loss and diminished hair production.
Although it’s not clear why this occurs, there is some thought that alopecia areata has a genetic basis, making individuals from the same family predisposed to developing this condition. There may also be some sort of trigger that initially causes the onset of hair loss, such as stress, an infection, or environmental factors, including chemicals such as pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, xenoestrogens (hormone-disruptors) or other compounds.
Fortunately, the stem cells that supply the follicle with new cells are not targeted, so hair follicles still have the potential to regrow hair.
- Unpredictable hair loss
- Rapid hair loss
- Patchy hair loss
- Bald spots
Yes! Alopecia areata causes the white blood cells in our immune system to attack cells in the hair follicles, damaging the follicle and diminishing hair production. Fortunately, the stem cells that supply the follicle with new cells are not targeted, so the hair follicles still have the potential to regrow hair. With proper nourishment, damaged and dormant hair follicles can be repaired and rejuvenated, resulting in new hair growth.
Dermatologists and doctors often recommend treatment courses that include cortisone pills or injections; topical products such as minoxidil or anthralin ointment; and a variety of other drug- or chemically-based options. While these may be effective for some, the long-term effects of many of these pharmaceuticals are still unknown, leading more and more people to turn to natural therapies as an alternative. In addition, because some of these treatments artificially stimulate hair growth, hair is likely to fall out when these treatments are interrupted or discontinued.
When considering your treatment options, remember that natural ingredients such as the herbs, vitamins, and minerals in Hair Essentials™, can provide excellent support. Unlike chemical medications that can be toxic, override the body's innate intelligence, and potentially cause damage to the system, the natural ingredients in Hair Essentials™ help restore balance to the body and encourage healing. With proper nourishment, damaged and dormant hair follicles can be repaired and even reactivated, resulting in new hair growth.
Unfortunately, there is no standard answer for this question. Alopecia areata is highly unpredictable, cyclical, and manifests itself differently in each individual. Predicting when and how the disease will progress is virtually impossible.
While it may be impossible to completely prevent flare ups and hair loss, you can significantly reduce their likelihood and severity by reducing stress, eating a balanced diet, and taking a hair-healthy, all-natural supplement, like Hair Essentials™. It can reduce hair loss during an acute flare up by boosting the body's ability to fight free-radicals, thereby decreasing inflammation, supporting healthy cell division, and improving hair’s growth rate, strength, and vitality.
Natural Remedies for Alopecia Areata Hair Loss
If you have been diagnosed with alopecia areata, a healthy diet along with key natural remedies can be extremely helpful in diminishing the effects of the disease and encouraging healthy hair regrowth.
Eat a diet rich in hair-healthy nutrients. A balanced diet can help your hair stay strong and lustrous and help reduce further hair loss:
- Essential fatty acids - especially omega-3 fatty acids (salmon, mackerel, sardines and other cold-water fatty fish; walnuts, almonds)
- Vitamin A (milk, eggs, liver, fortified cereals, and dark-colored orange or green vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, kale)
- Vitamin B-6 (bananas, potatoes, spinach)
- Vitamin B-12 (meat, poultry, fish, dairy products)
- Biotin (eggs, salmon, sardines, avocado, cauliflower, mushrooms, raspberries, bananas, cheddar cheese, nuts)
- Vitamin C (parsley, broccoli, bell pepper, strawberries, oranges, lemons, papaya, cauliflower, kale, mustard greens, Brussels sprouts)
- Vitamin E (spinach, chard, turnip greens, mustard greens,asparagus, bell peppers, almonds, sunflower seeds)
- Protein (fish, chicken, eggs, soy, nuts, beans, legumes)
Supplement your diet with Hair Essentials™. Trace minerals such as magnesium, selenium, and zinc all affect hair growth, so it’s a good idea to take a daily supplement that ensures adequate amounts of these nutrients. Hair Essentials™ provides more than 20 all-natural, hair-healthy vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids and other nutrients that support active recovery from alopecia areata hair loss and nourish strong, healthy hair regrowth. While Hair Essentials can’t stop the flare ups that can lead to hair loss, it can help to naturally combat hair loss caused by inflammation in the follicles, a result of the body’s autoimmune response in alopecia areata. Hair Essentials™ is formulated to help reduce inflammation, repair damaged follicles, and reinvigorate dormant ones. Its ingredients are absorbed from the digestive tract and delivered to the scalp where they quickly work to help restore healthy hair growth and nourish thicker, stronger new hair growth.
Use healing essential oils and other oils. Essential oils such as rosemary (verbenone ct), lavender, chamomile, and peppermint, along with cold-pressed oils including jojoba, argan, evening primrose, coconut, and many others, are rich in phytonutrients that can assist with maintaining healthy hair. They support a healthier hair growth environment by promoting circulation to the scalp and helping to regulate sebum (oil) production, moisturize the scalp and hair, and repair and rejuvenate damaged hair follicles. They can be massaged onto the scalp or used as a hair treatment, or you can add a few drops of essential oils to your shampoo and conditioner.
Try hypnosis. Although still a controversial treatment, the International Journal of Clinical Experimental Hypnosis (July 2008) published research suggesting that hypnosis can improve hair growth in patients with alopecia areata, as well as significantly reduce the anxiety commonly associated with the disease.
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