Lupus hair loss is the most heartbreaking experience. Because Lupus is an autoimmune disease, it destroys its own cells as its confused as to who the enemy is. Unfortunately, this means that it can potentially destroy our hair follicles and some Lupus patient begin losing patches of hair leading to Alopecia (bald spots). Lupus hair loss can be devastating.
It’s important to note here the different types of Lupus.
- Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is the most common type, and affects multiple organs in the body.
- Subacute cutaneous erythematosus causes inflammation and sores on the skin when exposed to the sun.
- Discoid lupus erythematosus causes scarring on the skin and sometimes results in chronic rash on the skin.
- Drug induced lupus can be triggered by certain medications.
So the question is, will your hair grow back? Because there are different causes for hair loss, the answer to this question is ‘it depends’.
Systemic lupus tends to have ebbs and flows of ‘flares’ – which means that there are times when the symptoms are worse than others. During the flare’s, hair loss can be heartbreakingly excessive.
But the good news is that hair often grows back once flare is in remission, although it can be up to 6 months before things really seem back to normal. You’ll notice regrowth and less hair loss and what relief you’ll have as the transition is very gradual.
With skin lupus (Subacute cutaneous erythematosus and discoid Lupus) , the hair loss can be permanent if the hair follicles are scarred. So if and when you do have the rash, seek treatment immediately to reverse the scarring.
If your hair loss is caused by the lupus medication (or other medication), the hair will usually grow back when the medication is stopped.
So, unless you have scarring on your scalp, your hair will grow back. What do you do in the meantime?
Take Hair Replenish (my Lupus supplement line) which will help with hair growth
- Eat a healthy diet that is clean and Lupus friendly Elimination Diet Plan ( will provide you with the link)
- Cut your hair to decrease the burden on your hair follicles. Besides, when you don’t have much hair, it doesn’t’ look good to have it long.
- Don’t treat your hair with chemicals, color, dye, and/or perms.
- Use organic hair products, will provide links.
- Use Nioxin for scalp therapy to promote hair growth.
- Don’t use a brush, use a wide tooth comb, it’ll prevent breakage
- Wash you hair every two days ( I find if I do longer, more hair falls out)
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