Neve Campbell, star of soon-to-be-released horror sequel Scream 4, revealed to the Daily Mail recently that she suffered from Alopecia Areata during her early twenties.
“At 23, I developed Alopecia,” the actress said. “I was horribly overworked and going through a divorce. Also I had stalkers and started receiving threatening mail. I was so distressed by it all that my hair started falling out.”
Alopecia Areata is a condition which results in patchy hair loss. The exact causes of it are unknown but it is strongly linked to periods of intense stress and trauma in the life of sufferers. In Neve Campbell’s circumstances this would certainly seem to have been the case as the pressures of a burgeoning TV and film career in the media spotlight and troubles in her personal life mounted.
Alopecia can affect both men and women, and often strikes at a relatively young age. The reason for hair loss resulting from the condition is that the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy hair follicles.
In Ms. Campbell’s case, the hair loss she experienced was localised in patches on the scalp, but sometimes Alopecia can progress to a greater extent. In Alopecia Totalis all hair is lost from the scalp, while those who suffer from Alopecia Universalis lose all hair on their body, including eyebrows and eyelashes. Alopecia Areata is usually a temporary condition and hair does generally re-grow eventually, but in the case of Alopecia Totalis and Alopecia Universalis hair loss is usually permanent, because the hair follicles have been destroyed.
The actress has spoken of her experiences of the condition in the past, even revealing that she had tried acupuncture to cure it. Other famous Alopecia sufferers include TV presenter Gail Porter and Little Britain star Matt Lucas, both of whom have experienced Alopecia Universalis.
How The Belgravia Centre can treat Alopecia
At The Belgravia Centre we can help people with Alopecia to identify the possible causes of their condition and provide appropriate hair loss treatment to help hair grow back more quickly and in optimal health.
The first step of tackling any hair loss condition is to identify the underlying causes, and this is something our hair loss experts specialise in. They can then tailor a programme of treatment designed specifically for your condition and circumstances. Treatments at our disposal include Minoxidil, Propecia, laser combs, clinical treatments and our specially formulated Hair Vitalics nutritional supplement. We will always create a bespoke treatment programme for each client, and our success stories speak for themselves.
To find out more about your options for treating Alopecia and other hair loss conditions, contact us for a free consultation, or fill in our online diagnostic form to enquire about a home-use treatment programme that can be sent anywhere in the world.