Man with alopecia areata on his beard
May 6th 2024

Alopecia areata on the beard: Symptoms and treatment

Not all men develop a full beard with density, and this may be due to the development of a alopecia areata on the beard. What are the factors that trigger bald spots on the beard? Is there a cure for alopecia barbae?

En Hospital Capilar, a clinic specializing in hair grafting in Madrid, Murcia and Pontevedra, in addition to beard and eyebrow implants, we tell you everything you need to know about alopecia areata in the beard area.

What is alopecia areata in the beard?

In the same way that the alopecia It affects the hair generating baldness, it can also occur in other areas such as the eyebrows or the beard. Regarding the lack of density in the beard, it is usually due to a type of alopecia call alopecia areata.

This type of alopecia in the beard generates areas without hair in the form of circles. The hair follicles are destroyed, mainly due to an alteration in the immune system, preventing the growth of facial hair in those affected areas.

Causes of alopecia areata in the beard

Identifying the causes of this type of alopecia still generates some confusion. What is known is that is autoimmune in origin, that is, it develops due to problems in the immune system, although other factors may also intervene.

Alteration of the immune system

As we have mentioned before, this hair problem has to do with our own immune system. Therefore, it is our own organism which attacks the hair follicles causing its weakening and subsequent destruction.

For a certain reason, our body's defenses, instead of going against external pathogens, attack the hair cells of the beard in certain areas of the face. It is this that generates the appearance of bald beard

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Genetic factor

Genetics can also influence the development of alopecia areata that generates bald spots on the beard. If there is a family member with this hair problem, we will have a greater predisposition to develop bald spots on the beard.


Just as we know the stress causes hair loss, can also intervene in the development of alopecia areata in the beard. Experiencing high stress peaks is not beneficial for health in general and, obviously, for hair health either.

Is alopecia areata in the beard curable?

It does not have a cure as such, but there are medical treatments with which it is possible to reverse the effects, and this is indicated by our specialist doctors. This is why it is important to go to a specialized hair clinic to consult with a specialist doctor who can determine what treatment to carry out based on a previous hair analysis. Checking the state of the skin in the area, determining the degree of alopecia of the patient, as well as other types of clinical data is essential to find a solution.

There are both oral and topical drugs with which to improve the appearance of the beard. The professional may also recommend taking immunosuppressants and immunomodulators in cream format as a treatment for alopecia areata. Another option, if the doctor considers it so, is to resort to infiltrated capillary treatments such as Capillary Regeneration Treatment or CRT.

Is a beard graft possible in case of alopecia areata?

One of the most frequently asked questions in patients with alopecia areata in the beard area is whether, in their case, a beard implant. The truth is that it is not usually considered as an option, since there is a risk that the implanted hair follicles will fall out again. However, and as we have mentioned before, medical advice is recommended in these cases.

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