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ALOPECIA AREATA AWARENESS MONTH - September

Alopecia Areata Awareness Month - September

ALOPECIA AREATA AWARENESS MONTH

Every September, Alopecia Areata Awareness Month focuses on an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss.

The severity of alopecia areata ranges from small patches of hair loss to near-complete hair loss. More than 6.8 million people in the United States have or are diagnosed with Alopecia according to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation. It impacts people of all ages and both men and women. While more research is needed to determine the cause of alopecia, those who have it face self-awareness and image concerns.

There is also no cure for alopecia. However, research reveals that even when alopecia is in its active state, the hair follicles are still alive. Research also suggests that a combination of internal and external factors contribute to alopecia including genetics and stress.

Treatment options are available. And in the meantime, many people with alopecia embrace their condition in creative and stylistic ways. They may choose to wear wigs or remove their remaining hair altogether.

The month raises awareness of the condition and supports additional research into alopecia.

HOW TO OBSERVE #AlopeciaAreataAwarenessMonth

  • Support research into the causes and treatment of alopecia.
  • Share your alopecia story.
  • Support a friend with alopecia.
  • Host a fundraiser or alopecia walk.
  • Donate to a charity that supports people with alopecia.
  • Wear blue to show your support.
  • Speak with your hairdresser for advice on creative styling.
  • Donate your hair in support of wigs and hairpieces for those with alopecia.
  • Use #AlopeciaAwarenessDay to share your story or share your support on social media.

ALOPECIA AREATA AWARENESS MONTH HISTORY

In 1986, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed National Alopecia Awareness Week. Since then, the observance has expanded into an entire month and is sponsored by the National Alopecia Areata Foundation.