“A disease with unknown causes is very difficult to treat. This is the case with alopecia areata,” said Dr. Rica Mallari of the Philippine Dermatological Society (PDS).
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder where the immune cells of the body go against the hair follicles, making the hair strands weak at the base and easy to pluck.
This is characterized by bald patches on the scalp that may join together and eventually render an individual hairless. Alopecia areata may also attack other hairy parts of the body like the eyebrows and pubic area.
“The disease has a genetic predilection, meaning there are more chances of getting it if there is a family member affected. It is, however, not infectious since no organisms are involved. Though inconclusive, extreme stress is said to trigger the condition in genetically susceptible individuals,” Mallari said.
Alopecia areata is generally asymptomatic, meaning the patient is often unaware of the bald patches because there are no symptoms of pain or itching. A few may complain of a tingling sensation before a patch appears.
This can affect both men and women at any age. Its onset cannot be prevented and there are no studies to prove that a healthy lifestyle can help cure the disease.
There are a number of treatments and products for different types of alopecia or hair loss depending on the case. Mallari said the patient should seek help from an expert, preferably from a member of the PDS so the condition can be properly evaluated.
One product that may help is Novuhair which is made from all-natural ingredients, including moringa oleifera, panax ginseng, sweet almond oil, virgin coconut oil, as well as essential oils of rosemary, peppermint and lavender. Collectively these ingredients help improve blood circulation and increase nutrient flow to the scalp.
Moringa oleifera or malunggay is one ingredient that helps restore the skin’s condition and prevent falling hair. Moisture-rich sweet almond oil contains vitamins A, B1, B6 and E, as well as minerals such as magnesium and iron. Scientifically known as prunus amygdalus, this oil easily penetrates the hair shaft and follicles, relieving hair dryness and itching and providing nourishment to the hair to promote hair growth.
Lavender helps relieve itching and like rosemary, contains properties that help combat dandruff and disinfects the scalp. Lemongrass helps clean the scalp’s pores while peppermint is known to slow the growth of bacteria and fungi, aside from having a relaxing effect on the muscles.
Users notice a decrease in hair loss after a week of treatment. Hair growth becomes evident with regular use of the product. Once desired results are achieved, the product may still be used for hair and scalp maintenance. For more information, visit www.novuhair.com.