Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia (CCCA)
Central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia (CCCA) is a type of scarring hair loss seen most commonly in women of African decent. It can start as an area of breakage and or sensitivity in the central scalp and progress to irreversible hair loss and baldness.
The exact cause of CCCA is unknown. Associated factors include genetic pre-disposition, tension producing hair-grooming practices, and intrinsic properties of the African hair and follicle, type 2 diabetes mellitus, chemical relaxers and fungal scalp infections.
Many dermatologists report that CCCA is EPIDEMIC in women of color. Hair loss can have a negative effect self esteem, personal relationships, work relationships and can even be associated with depression.
At Osei-Tutu Dermatology we use a holistic approach to treatment including medical therapies, natural remedies, and lifestyle changes.