Hello and welcome back to Starks, in this article we will talk about Seborrheic Alopecia.
We will learn to recognize it and distinguish it from Androgenetic Alopecia and other pathologies that have at least the common denominator the strong thinning and the consequent hair loss.
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Preliminary Information on Seborrheic Alopecia:
Seborrheic Alopecia is a particular variant of the common Alopecia, but it does not depend on a genetic factor but on an imbalance in the production of Sebum. A particular feature of this pathology is that it mainly affects men generally between 18/20 years with a manifestation of the first symptoms since the early adolescent age: around 12 years.
The First Distinctive Signs:
The first visible signs of Seborrheic Alopecia concern the classic receding hairline that most men have in common, with the classic “V” cut to be clear, increasingly emphasized with the passing of the years and possibly with the worsening of the pathology. This thinning of the frontal area of the head can extend to the upper area: the Vertex. In some cases, the more aggressive ones and in which there was no intervention in a reasonable time, even in the nape area.
From the moment it occurs, seborrheic alopecia carries with it a first evident but also easily misunderstood sign: the excessive production of sebum caused by the sebaceous glands can be a signal of seborrheic alopecia. However, it may happen that during the year there are some periods of this overproduction (summer for example).
This is why we preferred to classify the typical signs of a common Alopecia as the first sign. It is good first of all to be able to recognize the pathology and then the cause to be able to intervene effectively.
But What is Sebum for?
We talked about sebaceous glands saying that they are responsible for the production of Sebum, but what exactly is it and what is it for?
Sebum is fundamental for the protection of hair and scalp and is a particular hydrolipidic film (a sort of ointment) composed of fatty acids, triglycerides of fatty acids, cholesterol and other minor components that are relatively variable depending on the case. It protects the scalp from smog, from chemicals dispersed in the air, from heat and sun, especially in summer. Sebum is produced naturally and constantly, with a significant increase both in summer and whenever our body perceives its prolonged lack, for example after having washed hair too frequently.
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Just as we can read in the article just linked, the excessive production of Sebum can be a consequence of our actions: too many washes, use of the wrong products, often touching one’s hair with dirty hands. If on the other hand, the overproduction of Sebo does not depend on these actions, on the seasonal change or on other temporary and naturally self-resolving factors, it would be good to intervene by going to a specialist in hair care. This would be useful or fundamental to prevent the alleged seborrheic alopecia from becoming effective and to prevent the manifestation of other pathologies such as seborrheic dermatitis (an annoying and particularly harmful inflammatory phenomenon of the scalp).
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