We all know moustaches come in various shapes and sizes and can drastically change your appearance. Some styles are the envy of everyone around you. However, not all styles are desirable. For example, the I-can’t-get-my-moustache-to-grow-in-that-one-spot look probably won’t make the top ten most desirable facial hair of all times list. For some people, growing a moustache is easier said than done. And those who struggle shouldn’t simply be lumped into the never-made-it-to-puberty category. Here’s why.
There is Such a Thing as Facial Hair Loss
Facial hair loss is a real problem. Not only can it keep you from a stylized moustache, it can be an indicator of underlying health issues. If bald patches do appear in your facial hair, it would probably be a good idea to consult a doctor.
What causes facial hair loss, and what can be done to steer clear of these issues?
Facial hair loss can be traced to a medical condition called alopecia barbae. It is part of a more complex disorder called alopecia areata – which can affect hair anywhere on your body’s epidermis. Alopecia barbae is an auto-immune disease. Your immune system attacks certain groups of hair follicles, causing them to die and fall out. In the most severe cases, all the hair on your entire body can be shed. In the barbae disorder, only certain hairs on the face’s epidermis are lost. There are not a lot of treatment options for alopecia barbae; it is a disorder that is genetic and hereditary. Fortunately though, alopecia areata (and all of the other subsets of this disorder) can go into remission. During times of remission, hair growth will be resumed.
Hair loss, especially if it occurs in the facial area, can be an indicator that something is not right. Facial hair loss may be an early indicator of lupus. It can be seen as just thinning hair, or there might be hair loss happening in whole clumps. Lupus will cause the hair loss to spread to your entire scalp and may even cause the hair loss in your eyebrows. This hair loss is temporary and once treatment begins, you will start to see you hair coming back.
There is a less serious cause of facial hair loss. Get this – a simple tooth infection can cause bald spots in your beard or moustache! You may have a full Duck Dynasty beard growing but find a sudden bald spot. Usually, the bald spot will appear in the general area of the infected tooth. Once the tooth is dealt with, the hair should grow back on its own. If it doesn’t come back, there are steroids (such as Rogaine) that can be applied to the bald patch.
Stress has been found to be another cause of facial hair. In theory, reduce the stress and you’ll reduce the bald spots. But in some ways, hair loss due to stress can be a catch 22 – hair loss causes stress! This type of hair loss is temporary; once the stress has been eased, the hair will come back. So just relax and let nature do its thing. To understand why you have a bald spot in your facial hair, consult your doctor, a dermatologist, and maybe even a dentist.
Hugo Velasco works for a hair loss clinic in Tampa. He helps patients understand the causes of hair loss and what treatment options are best. When conditions get drastic, the hair loss specialists preform hair transplants and offer hair restoration products. Fortunately, hair transplants for moustaches aren’t very common!
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