Alopecia Barbae or Alopecia Areata beard

What is Alopecia Barbae and how can it be treated?

Alopecia barbae is a fairly rare condition, affecting around two percent of men.  It is a form of alopecia areata, which means patchy hair loss.  The beard area of those affected show as patches of missing hair, or areas where only very thin wispy hair grows, compared to the rest of the beard area.

Alopecia Barbae areata beard

Alopecia Barbae causes and treatment

Hair loss patches can occur around the mouth, chin, cheeks and even neck.  So sufferers can feel self-conscious enough to avoid beard growth altogether, while others embrace the look.

Alopecia barbae can affect you at any age, but it is more common for those in their thirties and forties.

Alopecia barbae causes

This is an autoimmune disease, a version of alopecia areata, whereby your own immune system treats some of your hair follicles as a foreign threat and attack, causing irritation and sometimes mild inflammation, which leads to hair loss.

The main causes of alopecia are thought to be triggered by stress and anxiety, although there is some evidence that there may be a genetic predisposition, an inherited factor.

We take a look deeper into causes in our research on ‘What causes or triggers Alopecia areata’?

What are the symptoms?

Initial signs of hair loss in the beard can be easily missed, depending on your style and length of beard.  It will become more obvious with longer growth, or where you have darker hair, so patches show up more easily.  The round, often coin-sized, patches of alopecia barbae can spread randomly across the beard area.  You may not see any outward signs of irritation or inflammation, as the condition is deep at the hair follicles, but the skin may appear shiny.

Some sufferers can experience a tingling, itching sensation, but it is uncommon for there to be pain greater than a very mild discomfort.

How can it be treated?

As with alopecia areata, there is no cure.  The are many treatments available, but due to the complex nature of the immune system and the sensitivity of skin, it is always advisable to seek the advice of a healthcare professional.  Your doctor may be able to refer you to a skin care specialist.

The current Alopecia Barbare treatment options are: –

  • Do nothing! – For many, hair will grow back on its own, without any treatment being applied, especially if the underlying potential triggers, like stress or anxiety, have been managed.
  • Steroid Injections – A skin care professional can administer steroid injections to suppress the local immune reaction of areata barbae.  Allowing hair follicles to return to normal function and for hair to regrow.
  • Topical (rub-on) Steroids – Creams and spray or gel beard applications of steroids are available, these are generally not as effective as the injections, but they are available over the counter and easy to apply.  These can be expensive.
  • Hair thickeners– There are products on the market that work to thicken the appearance of the surrounding healthy hair, reducing the visible areas of patchy hair loss.
  • Growth stimulators – These focus on stimulating blood circulation of the area and supplied nutrients or vitamins thought beneficial for hair growth.
  • Hair transplantation – You can have healthy hair follicles transplanted from other areas of your body to the beard, although this treatment is more common for the scalp, it is available but can cost thousands.

Even the most effective treatments will usually only last for as long as you maintain treatment, not curing the underlying cause.

We research treatments in more detail on alopecia areata in general, on our dedicated treatment research page.

Final thoughts on Alopecia Barbae or Alopeica areata beard.

Hair commonly can grow back within a few months, without treatment, for most sufferers with a small number of patches.

Alopecia barbae it not contagious and causes no other health problems, so consider this when deciding on a treatment.

Below, are a few examples of the available products.

Ocamo Sunburst Alopecia Baldness Beard Hair Growth Spray 30ml


Panthrix – Hair growth activator | New | Award-winning active ingredient | MADE IN GERMANY | 100ml high-dose spray | Tonic for quick hair growth | Men & women

Panthrix – Hair growth activator

ACCELERATE HAIR GROWTH & PREVENT HAIR LOSS – Our hair growth tonic contains highly efficient active ingredients which stimulate blood circulation and deliver vital vitamins and nutrients to hair follicles. This boosts hair growth and combats hereditary hair loss.
MORE EFFECTIVE THAN MINOXIDIL – Panthrix contains Redendsyl®, the active ingredient distinguished in 2014 with the In-Cosmetics Silver Award for innovative active ingredients. This contains the patented molecules DHQG and EGCG2, which promote the multiplication of stem cells of hair follicles. Clinical tests show that Redensyl® is 81% more effective than Minoxidil.
EASY DISPENSING – Just press the pump cap to dispense whatever amount you need. Usually, 3 to 6 pumps are enough to cover your scalp with the active ingredients.
FAST RESULTS – The first signs of improvement should be visible within the first two months. You should see excellent results within about three months.
2-MONTH SUPPLY – With recommended use twice per day, the 100ml bottle is enough for about 60 days.