CCCA predominantly affects black women and is the most common form of permanent alopecia in this population.
What is CCCA? an inflammatory disease of the scalp that attacks the hair follicles and oil glands, causing permanent loss of the regenerating cell ( scarring) which causes hair loss. The inflammation attacks the central area called the “buldge”, it destroys it in full so the hair cannot regenerate itself.
The excess scar tissue that forms as a result of this type of hair loss may also explain the higher risk for uterine fibroids, which are characterized by fibrous growths in the lining of the womb.
Did you know according to the NIH, 80 and 90 percent of African-American women will develop fibroids by age 50?(r1)
During a four-year period from 2013-2017, researchers analyzed patient data from the Johns Hopkins electronic medical record system (Epic) of 487,104 black women ages 18 and over. The prevalence of those with fibroids was compared in patients with and without CCCA. (R1)
Research found that 13.9 percent of women with CCCA also had a history of uterine fibroids compared to only 3.3 percent of black women without the condition. In absolute numbers, out of the 486,000 women who were reviewed, 16,212 had fibroids. Within that population, 447 had CCCA, of which 62 had fibroids. The findings translate to a fivefold increased risk of uterine fibroids in women with CCCA, compared to age, sex and race matched controls.(R1)
Crystal Aguh M.D. Assistant Professor of Dermatology at John Hopk ik ns University School of Medicine cautions that their study does not suggest any cause and effect relationship, or prove a common cause for both conditions. “The cause of the link between the two conditions remains unclear,” she says. However, the association was strong enough, she adds, to recommend that physicians and patients be made aware of it.(R1)
In conclusion, while CCCA is likely under-diagnosed, some estimates report a prevalence of rates as high as 17 percent of black women having this condition.(r1)
In light of recent research women with African descent with CCCA should not only get tested for fibrods but other disorders that is associated with excess fibrous tissue. (R1)
Symptoms of CCCA: Burning, Itching, scalp tenderness, scaling, flaking, and acne like bumps on the scalp. Some have no symptoms at all. **Be sure to get a annual Scalp Analysis**
Here is a list of Anti-inflammatory ingredients to look for in your hair products:
- Horsetail Extract
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Saw Palmetto
- Tea Tree / Peppermint Oil
- Sodium Salicylate
- Grapeseed Oil
- Cheyenne pepper
- Camphor Oil
How do we control the inflammation in our bodies? We control this by watching our poor eating habits, eating more anti- inflammatory foods and detoxing at least 2x per year.