Is Castor Oil the Best Treatment Option for Alopecia and Alopecia Aerata?
Is castor oil the only thing that works for alopecia? Because I tried it and it was working at 1st but now my edges are at a stand still!
Response by Dr. Kari Williams
Alopecia is another word for hair loss. There are two main types of alopecia: Scarring and Non-scarring. Non-scarring forms can be autoimmune, hereditary, or triggered by stress, medications, illnesses or anything that interrupts the systemic environment.
If you’re experiencing any type of hair loss, a dermatologist will be able to tell you if it’s scarring vs. non-scarring.
You can also read here: 5 Ways To Treat Thinning or Balding Hair
When hair loss is experienced under these conditions, the hair will grow back once the body is back in balance.
There are essential and stimulating oils that can encourage hair growth in areas of the scalp where the hair follicle is still present and unscarred. Castor oil is full of essential fatty acids that deliver nutrients to the hair and scalp.
It is important to note that if the alopecia around the hairline does not improve it may be a sign that there are some additional factors contributing to the hair loss. These factors could be health-related, hormonal or a sign that there’s scar tissue in the area, which is a characteristic of scarring alopecia (which is permanent hair loss); it can be diagnosed and treated by your dermatologist.
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