What is Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia?

Frontal fibrosing alopecia is a form of scarring hair loss that affects the hair margin on the front of the scalp. This condition causes the frontal hairline to progressively recede over time. The rate of hair loss varies from person to person. Once the hair falls out, it will not re-grow in the area. While the cause of this condition is unknown, it is thought to be due to a disturbed immune response to some component of the intermediate-sized and vellus scalp hair follicles.


Frontal fibrosing alopecia often affects post-menopausal women over the age of 50. However, it can also be seen in premenopausal women. Symptoms can include an itchy, painful, or burning sensation in the band across the frontal hairline along with hair loss. Individuals may also have thinned or absent eyebrows.

How is it Treated?

While there are some treatments that can help to slow down or halt further hair loss in some people, there is no cure to frontal fibrosing alopecia, and any hair loss that has already taken place cannot be reversed. Oftentimes, the condition can become inactive over time.

There are a number of treatment options from Jupiter Dermatology & Hair Restoration for frontal fibrosing alopecia. These may include:

  • Topical corticosteroids
  • Topical Tacrolimus
  • Intralesional steroids
  • Antibiotics
  • Hydroxychloroquine
  • Immunomodulatory drugs
  • Antiandrogen treatments

If you are suffering from frontal fibrosing alopecia, contact us at Jupiter Dermatology & Hair Restoration today. We will work with you to help slow the progression of your condition, as well as lessen symptoms for a better quality of life.

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