Here at HIS Hair we are often talking about the many ways we lose our hair and the various ways we can fight it including our own Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) treatment.

Today though, we’re going to talk about why you should be careful what you wish for – yes, we’re talking to those of you who wish that their thinning, receding hairlines would cease and that thicker, fuller hair would return to your head. Why you ask? Dermatologist Dr Anne-Marie Tobin believes that an inordinately embarrassing and potentially painful skin condition known as Hidradenitis suppurativa is partly caused by the infection of hair follicles followed by the dysregulation of immunity.

The Many Stages of HS

Hidradenitis suppurativa is a long-term skin disease that causes abscesses and scarring on the skin – particularly around the groin, buttocks, breasts and armpits. The disease is classified by three distinct stages: stage one is where you suffer from a single isolated abscess without scarring or sinus tracts – a channel that connects abscesses and cysts. Stage two features recurrent abscesses in more than one area and the beginning of the formation of sinus tracts. Stage three features widespread abscesses with many interconnected sinus tracts under the skin and may cause severe scarring and continuous leaking. The disease usually starts during puberty and often affects more woman than men. Those who smoke, are overweight, or suffer from hirsutism – excessive hair growth which is often associated with alopecia. It isn’t entirely clear what causes Hidradenitis suppurativa, however it is linked to inflamed sweat glands and plugging of hair follicles. It is often mistaken for acne, folliculitis – the inflammation of hair follicles – and sexually transmitted infections such as herpes.

Immune Systems – A Common Enemy

It is often thought that Hidradenitis suppurativa is caused by problems regarding the immune system -the all-too familiar enemy of alopecia areata sufferers. The immune system is subject to several autoimmune diseases in which the system mistakes particular cells as dangerous or unwanted and attacks them, which in the case of alopecia areata sufferers, causes the hair follicles to enter a resting phase to which it never leaves. Whilst those with a full head of hair adore their locks, it may be more of a blessing than a curse for the balder of us as we’ll be less likely to develop the disease during and after puberty. Hidradenitis suppurativa isn’t fatal, however it is inordinately irritating and excruciatingly painful, particularly if the stages develop one-by-one. If you suffer from folliculitis, alopecia, or any other hair-loss issues – feel free to contact HIS Hair today and book a consultation now to discuss what we can do for you!



By Ian Watson


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