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Thank you for visiting the CARF website, where we hope you will learn about the latest information and resources concerning cicatricial alopecia.

Cicatricial (scarring, inflamamatory, permanent) alopecia refers to a group of rare disorders that destroy the hair follicle and replace it with scar tissue, thereby causing permanent hair loss. It occurs worldwide in otherwise healthy men and women of all ages.

Lichen Planopilaris (LPP)
  • Patchy or diffuce hair loss
  • In areas of active disease there is redness and scaling around the remaining hairs
  • Lymphocyte mediated
Frontal Fibrosing Alopecia (FFA)
  • Band-like area of hair loss along the front hairline and above the ears
  • Loss of eyebrows
  • Lymphocyte mediated
Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia (CCCA)
  • Mainly seen in women of African-descent
  • Hair loss starts at the crown
  • Lymphocyte mediated
Folliculitis Decalvans
  • Patchy Hair Loss
  • In areas of active disease there is redness, crusting, and pustules around the remaining hairs.
  • Neutrophil mediated
Discoid Lupus Erythematosus
  • Circular patches of hair loss
  • At the center of the patch there may be redness or areas of increased or decreased pigmentation
  • Lymphocyte mediated
Dissecting Cellulitis
  • Patchy areas of hair loss with tender, lumpy, boil-like bumps or sinuses that may drain pus
  • Mixed - lymphocyte or neutrophil mediated
And others.


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