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Name: Henrique

Question: I´m 35. I currently have alopecia barbae since March 2015 where the first symptoms came up. The beard patches were small, got bigger in the last year – one of each side of the face/jaw. I can see some very thin blond hair coming if I let my beard grow for 3 days or more. In that case also some white thicker hair or light black thin hair here and there on the affected areas.

Alopecia Areata Barbae - Bald Patches in the Beard

An example of Alopecia Areata Barbae

I did cortisone and “rubefacient gel” for 2 months at the beginning, didn’t work. Now trying dandruff shampoo directly and some white iodine and “acetic acid + cloral hidrate” with no very evident results in 1 month. will continue for another month and see. I would at least like to try to stop the spreading of the affected area which was stable for a few months, because I can see some hair coming here and there, although very very few hair and far from perfect.
Will Xeljanz be available in cream or gel? Potentially safe as it is topic usage?

Answer: Hi, Henrique. We cannot treat Alopecia Barbae or any other form of facial hair loss so we recommend you consult your doctor or dermatologist about this. We can tell you that hair may often grow back white or colourless at first following autoimmune hair loss, so it sounds as if you are experiencing regrowth which is encouraging.

If the patches spread to your scalp, we can treat this – Alopecia Areata – however, it is important you take professional advice before using any products on your face to treat the bald patches on your beard.

Xeljanz is currently being tested in clinical trials for Alopecia Totalis and Universalis – the two most severe autoimmune hair loss conditions – as well as Alopecia Areata, in both topical and oral formulations. Whilst it has been used successfully to regrow facial hair, eyebrows and eyelashes in a man who had Alopecia Universalis, during its initial trial, the current information suggests that it has not yet been tested specifically in relation to facial hair loss in any format.


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