#17/31 Days of Giving- Cicatricial Alopecia Research Foundation

Treatment of hair disorders is one of the foundational parts of dermatology. Hair loss, or alopecia, can be an emotionally devastating diagnosis. Some types are reversible–these are called non-scarring. Other types are cicatricial, or scarring, and cannot be reversed as the hair follicle has been replaced by scar. Sometimes when patients come in early, something can be done to prevent the progression of scarring alopecia, but many times the treatments are not adequate. Because hair loss is not a life-threatening diagnosis, and the many types of scarring hair loss are rarer and not necessarily profitable to investigate, the development of solutions for these patients get neglected. The Cicatricial Alopecia Research Foundation provides support for patients with scarring hair loss and funds for research. Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia (CCCA) is a common type of scarring alopecia that affects African American women. The condition is poorly understood and difficult to treat. One of our colleagues, Dr. Yolanda Lenzy, who was a hair dresser before going into dermatology, has been doing a research project on this condition for years. Today we show gratitude for her research by supporting the CARF (ear-marked for Dr. Lenzy’s study) because we need more knowledge in order to better help patients. Join us! http://www.carfintl.org/

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