FAQ

About…Alopecia

How does it start?

Alopecia is autoimmune, and it happens when your immune system attacks your hair follicles, causing them to weaken and fall out.

What is a corticosteroid?

Corticosteroids are pills, creams, or injections used to grow back hair.

Pros:

  • Anti-inflammatory

Cons:

  • May take a long time to work

What is topical immunotherapy?

Topical immunotherapy is when a doctor puts chemicals on your scalp to create an allergic reaction. Done right, the reaction forces the immune system to fight that, not your hair.

Pros:

  • There’s really no advantage for this one.

Cons:

  • Itchy
  • Has to be repeated until the hair grows back

What is Minoxidil?

Minoxidil, known commonly as Rogaine, is a fluffy foam applied to the scalp in bald spots. I used it for a while, but it was slow and was not combatting my alopecia fast enough.

Pros:

  • Much, much more enjoyable than the other two options
  • Can grow back mild alopecia fairly fast

Cons:

  • Slow to grow (usually in 12 weeks)
  • Some people aren’t satisfied with the results

What is the best sunscreen?

I use EltaMD UV Sports sunscreen, with an SPF of 50, for my head. This protects my scalp from both UVA and UVB rays with zinc oxide, octinoxate, and octisalate, all of which are great UV blockers. Even though the first sunscreen of this kind came in lotion form, you can buy spray here.