scalp disorders

Scarring Hair Loss: CCCA and Androgenetic Alopecia Decoded
Scarring Hair Loss
by Jacqueline McKesey, MD, MS on
During the 2021 Virtual Skin of Color Update conference, Dr. Valerie Callender, a well-known leader, pioneer in dermatology, and expert in the field of skin of color,  introduced us to scarring alopecia. The title of her talk says it all: “Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia (CCCA) and Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA): Diagnostic and Treatment Approaches.” To spoil the party, here are the …
Alopecia in Skin of Color: Alternative Therapies
Alopecia in Skin of Color
by Cula N. Dautriche, MD, PhD on
Management of alopecia in skin of color is challenging due to a paucity of research into its pathophysiology coupled with a poor understanding of the basic hair care practices in this patient population. For the patient, it is often associated with severe emotional distress. Unfortunately, many forms of hair loss are refractory to standard therapies. At the 2020 Skin of Color Virtual Update, Dr …
Treating Alopecia in Skin of Color Patients: How to Arrest Loss and Promote Regrowth
alopecia in soc
by Edita Newton, MD on
Can you improve your culturally-competent hair loss consultation? Would you like to grow your toolbox for comprehensive alopecia treatment? If so, you are in the right place! Hair loss is a frequent concern for patients visiting the dermatologist, especially in patients with pigmented skin types. Kinky or coiled hair has an innate fragility that makes African Americans especially prone to hair …
More than Splitting Hairs: Diagnosing Alopecia in Skin of Color
Alopecia in SOC
by Edita Newton, MD on
Just as hair types often differ among different ethnicities, the prevalence and presentation of dermatological diseases affecting the hair and scalp can also be diverse. These are attributed to innate hair shaft differences, hair styling practices, genetic influence, and inflammatory co-morbidities.  Differentiating scarring alopecia from other types of hair loss is especially critical in develop …
Treatment Strategies for Hair and Scalp Disorders: Biotin & Beyond
Hair loss and scalp disorders
by Kimberly Huerth, MD, M.Ed on
A full head of hair. This is how I came away from Dr. Heather Woolery-Lloyd’s lecture on hair and scalp disorders at the 2019 Skin of Color Update. There were many aspects of her talk that challenged me to rethink how I approach the management of hair loss in my patients. In this post we will cover biotin’s role in treating alopecia, and important considerations in the treatment of central cen …